In holding true to our beliefs in preserving the history and legacy of our heroes. We, the members of the Kansas Division Committee known as Project Locate, dedicate our lives in a service to locate, verify, document, and provide a proper and honorable marking where needed, under strict legal guidelines, for those Confederate Veterans who are buried in the State of Kansas.
Forasmuch as we understand it was not they who broke the rules which brought about secession, but rather their enemies.
We will not dishonor them by compromising those guidelines set for our Goal.
The State of Kansas was home and became home to many Confederate Veterans. The Kansas Division is actively searching out the graves of these largely ignored, forgotten Kansas Confederates that lie resting in small groups in cemeteries scattered across the state. The grave sites recorded are the fruits of that labor; any information on other Confederate graves is desired.
If you have information that would be useful in our pursuit, of locating these graves, please use the submission form on ksconfederateburials.info.
Go to ksconfederateburials.info to view the burials info.
We the Committee for Project Locate of the Kansas Division in as much feel so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause, will forever more supply the adequate information that connects us to that veteran which best describes his motives.
Understanding the tenacity of which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, many of our Ancestors gave the ultimate sacrifice but are still lost and or forgotten. In as much as we believe in honoring these men, through identification of their final resting places, we hereby commit to the following.
Our guidelines are as follows:
1). All Project Locate researching received will be precise, records will not be based on mere speculation, or opinion, but rather by fact and documented proof.
2). Project locate will not document, list, or mark these sacred graves with names until positive documentation is achieved and agreed upon by the entire committee. If a Veterans service is questionable, it will be so noted as such until further documentation is found to prove or disprove eligibility.
3). Documentation will be kept on every veteran found in Kansas, and will consist of photos of the headstones or markers, and whatever written documents can be found confirming service, including, but not limited to, obituaries, census records, service/pension records, etc., as long as they can be proven to belong to the veteran in question. A grave marked with a Confederate stone is not acceptable without supporting documentation of service.
4). When we as researchers first approach a grave, we keep in mind that materials are affected by time, acid rain, maintenance crews and vandalism, and will deteriorate in time. As with us, the material is "ashes to ashes dust to dust,". Nothing is permanent. Graves are to be treated with care and respect, and if any cleaning or maintenance is needed, to be performed minimally or by someone with professional knowledge of such.
5). Project Locate researcher's will at all times consider ALL GRAVES Confederate and Union alike, as a sacred place and the headstone or marker as definitely historical, and actually a part of the deceased, and is to be considered private property. Realizing that to restore a stone is to remember and honor the to discard or to remove, or take away from the personal effect that someone has already set (such is done when double setting stones), one has taken away a part of the veteran and his honor or discarded his history.
6). Project Locate will abide by rules set by the Veterans Administration when it comes to ordering markers. The current rules state (for veterans deceased before Nov 01, 1990: Furnished upon application for the UNMARKED GRAVE of any eligible deceased veteran. The individual must certify the grave is unmarked and a government headstone or marker is preferred to a privately purchased headstone or marker. A grave is considered marked if a monument displays the decedents name and date of birth and/or death, even though the veteran's military date is not shown.
7). Forasmuch as we wish to honor these brave men, Project Locate and its researchers will at no time compromise those directives that are hereby and forevermore decreed by any organization within the legal realms of our mission.
In using the Sons of Confederate Veterans Hand book for Graves Etiquette Conservation and Preservation, we will strive in a commitment of excellence in honoring our ancestors.
God bless our Confederate Ancestors and let them never be forgotten.