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Vance Mayor Keith Mahaffey stands next to the grave of an unknown Confederate soldier in the Evans Cemetery in Vance.
AP photo/ Tuscaloosa News by Tommy Stevenson
Vance Mayor Keith Mahaffey stands next to the grave of an unknown Confederate soldier in the Evans Cemetery in Vance.

Vance to relocate Civil War cemetery

VANCE (AP) — Vance plans to relocate the remains of a small Civil War cemetery late this summer as part of its
efforts to build a municipal park.

The Evans Cemetery may hold the remains of several Union and one unidentified Confederate soldier who were killed during the Battle of Trion toward the end of the Civil War. In woods between U.S. Highway 11 and Wire Road, the cemetery is part of about 40 acres that the city purchased from the Wallace Tingle family.

For the 19th century remains to be relocated to nearby Vance Cemetery will require legal advertising, a license from the Alabama Historical Commission and the hiring of a licensed funeral home or registered archaeologist.

Once unearthed, the remains will have to be properly reintered in compliance with state law.

Mayor Keith Mahaffey said the advertising is complete and the project will probably be undertaken late this summer.

He also isn't sure what remains in the cemetery, other than the "unknown soldier" from the Confederacy whose gravestone was erected last year by the local chapter of the Sons of the Confederacy.

"After the war was over, the U.S. Department of Defense came down here and retrieved all the Union dead," the mayor said.

"I really think they are going to find nothing in the way of real remains," he said.

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