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Members of Civil War groups and descendants work together to install official Confederate tombstones at the graves of four soldiers in Nelson County. By Donna Kraus Chasen
The grave of Nathan Laud Kidd, killed at the Battle
DONNA KRAUS CHASEN
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SUNDAY, MARCH 12, dawned
This was the first meeting to clear the long-overgrown Johnson family cemetery where the Kidd brothers--Nathan, Preston, Robert K. and William "Jenks"--rest. Fortunately, an earlier meeting was postponed due to the forecast of near-freezing temperatures. The second date provided a more comfortable setting for the occasion.
The group's work was the direct result of the effort of Devin Miller of Bumpass in Louisa County, a descendant of the brothers and a member of the Fredericksburg Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She not only researched and found the pertinent information that enabled her to order official Confederate gravestones for them but also organized all of the efforts to clear and clean the cemetery and organize the dedication ceremony scheduled for late August of this year.
The Kidd brothers all enlisted to serve their beloved Confederacy and, as a result, their family would never be the same again. Nathan most likely was killed in a skirmish just prior to the Battle of Sharpsburg, and Robert K. perished during the battle. Preston was wounded and lingered for two weeks before succumbing to his wounds on Oct. 1, 1862. William "Jenks" was wounded and lost a portion of his left leg as a result of his injuries.
Ironically, Preston and William found themselves side by side in a barn that served as a makeshift hospital after the battle. William wrote home to their mother stating that they were both being well taken care of. He returned home and took over the care of his brother Nathan's two orphaned children before marrying and raising a family of his own.