Posted by Charles L. Kennedy on October 30, 2001 at 08:01:40:
In Reply to: Information from Descendants of the Sailors. posted by Terry Foenander on May 27, 2001 at 14:18:43:
I recently went to a family reunion in Bedford Virginia. One of my 2nd cousines had 2 articles from the Bedford City Virginia Newspaper. One dated June 29, 1911 and the other dated March 9, 1987. Both of these articles concern my great great grandfather. Thaddeus W. Wilford. The article claims he was a crew man on the CSS Virginia. He is burried in Longwood Cemetery, Bedford Virginia and his grave marker is inscribed "1861-1865 Thaddeus Wilford U.D.C. My question is, I can not find any referrance to him here on this web site, but the article from June 29, 1911,is Titled "ON THE MERRIMAC" Survivor of Famous Crew Dies at His Home Here" which to me indicates that this was not just a "family" death notice to the paper but an article written by a reporter. Also the 9 March 1987 has his picture and is half a page long and is Titled "Bedford man fought in historic naval battle" and is written by Kenneth E. Crouch.
I am wondering if anyone knows what the initials "U.D.C" stand for and why my great great grandfather isn't listed here? Were his exploits in the civil war a fabrication for the locals in Bedford? The article also mentions that a fourth generation cousine of Lt. Catesby ap R. Jones (2nd cammanding officer of CSS Virginia) is Catesby ap Catesby Jones III of Richmond who married Sarah Nance, daughter of Mr. and Mrs E. Ray Nance of BEDFORD Virginia! I would appreciate any help on this matter.
Charles L. Kennedy
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