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Obriham, Charles J.

Age: 41, credited to Rutland County, VT
Unit(s): 38th IA INF
Service: enl, Freeport, IA, 8/9/63, m/i, Pvt, Co. E, 38th IA INF, 9/35/63, d/dis, while home on furlough

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Birth: 1821, Rutland County, VT
Death: 06/20/1863

Burial: Rallya Cemeter, Freeport, IA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 50652760

Cenotaph: Rallya Cemetery, Freeport, IA
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jeanette Monroe
Findagrave Memorial #: 39632308
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Mary Stroud, 5/14/1879
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: History and Roster of the 38th Iowa; Charles had two brothers, Franklin and Henry, who served in the same regiment, but they were born in New York.

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Rallya Cemetery, Freeport, IA
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Cenotaph in Freeport Cemetery, Freeport, IA

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and other veterans who may be buried there.

Background Information

Charles has another military headstone in Rallya Cemetery

Here is a little story about Charles and where he was buried, etc. The land where Old Freeport Cemetery resides was on my ancestors' land, the Rallya Family. The cemetery was called Rallya Cemetery, Old Freeport Cemetery and I believe Leach Farm cemetery as well. I did a lot of research in Winneshiek County and I spoke with a woman there who was a genealogist and also a distant relative of mine (her ancestor married a Rallya). She told me that at one time there were over 150 burials recorded at that cemetery, but over time, many of the records were lost.

Apparently there have also been floods in the area and some of the bodies were washed away. I think Donna (who took Charles Obriham's headstone photo) may have some more info on the cemetery, but the point is that Charles Obriham's headstone is still there and she does not believe his body was exhumed, so she believes he is still buried there. Later there was another headstone erected in Freeport Cemetery (which is a newer cemetery down the road from the original one; that 2nd headstone (my photo) may just be a marker and not his final resting place. Also, the Rallya Cemetery is currently on private land and not open to the public.

The Obriham Family letters can be found in the June and Gilbert Krueger Collection of Civil War Letters, at the SpecialCollections Library, University of Souther California, Los Angeles.

Contributed by Jeanette Monroe