Hi Dan, I don't know if the messages are being forwarded to me as the site doesn't show any follow ups and I've had 2 people respond to my query so the site may not be working right. I talked to my girlfriend's husband and told him that I might have talked to Anders gg grandson. I told him that I thought that you would want to check things out to see if this really is his gg grandfather's tombstone.
I told him that you didn't know how the tombstone ended up being so far from his home. Mike told me that the stone was found in Arden Hills,Ramsey County. He lived in a trailer park there and that there were military houses there for the people who worked at the Arden Hills Military arsenal. He said that originally the trailer park was swampland that the US government owned. He thought that the stone might have been at Fort Snelling Cemetery and that they replaced his stone at the cemetery with a new one and then buried the old one in the swamp. I suppose they have to do something with the old ones. Fort Snelling said in the StarTribune newspaper that when the stones are worn they replace them and then whoever hauls the old stones are suppose to destroy them. Since Mike has had the tombstone for over 25 years it may be that at that time the government would bury the old stones on military property. Mike told me that one time he talked to the historical society and that they told him that Anders died in the soldiers home. I have not tried to find out if Anders died in Ramsey County as there were no years given on the tombstone. I think we probably need to find out if it is your gg grandfather. I do know that the stone said that Anders served in the 15th Regiment and that Anders' name appears on the roster. I believe it Co K that he served in.Mike also told me that the tombstone has his first name spelled Aanders. I know that this is common in Swedish names. Your gg grandfather sounds like quite a guy. I hope that it is your gg grandfather. I think it would be neat to have his stone. firstname.lastname@example.org
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