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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Civil War history is slowly being uncovered at a south Toledo cemetery, but there's more work to do.
The former Toledo State Hospital Cemetery is not far from the University of Toledo Medical Center hospital campus. A local group has made it it's goal to restore honor and dignity to those Civil War veterans and others who are buried there.
They were labeled by numbers and forgotten, until recently. There are 2,000 graves at the former Toledo State Hospital Cemetery, the final resting spot for psychiatric patients dating back 125 years.
Using record books, the numbers are now names. A total of 1,200 have been identified. Local genealogists have revealed 36 Civil War veterans buried there.
"They would come back from battle and would react negatively to their experience, drink too much or there would be an addiction, and would be admitted to the state hospital," explained Jane Weber, with the Toledo State Hospital Cemetery Reclamation Project.
Weber has taken this grim story to the Greater Toledo Civil War Roundtable. Members say it's crucial to continue identifying the grave sites because if it wasn't for the Civil War, our country wouldn't have turned into the United States.
Plans are in the works by the University of Toledo to erect an appropriate memorial in their honor.
"It's about restoring honor and dignity to all of those buried that have been unrecognized and lost so long," said Weber.
The identification work will continue in an ongoing effort to turn numbers into names.