A Stranger

Died: 1862

Change Your Language


You can change the language of the BillionGraves website by changing the default language of your browser.

Learn More

A Stranger

Died: 1862
edit Edit Record
photo Add Images
group_add Add Family
description Add a memory

The Winona Daily NewsWinona, Minnesota Saturday, May 28, 1955Page 8Southerner in Northern Grave Is Honored TooGRAY, Maine [AP]—The tombstone on the grave of an unknown Confederate soldier is marked 'stranger.' But the Southerner lies in a Northern grave among friends.The people of Gray have d
Register to get full access to the grave site record of A Stranger
Terms and Conditions

We want you to know exactly how our service works and why we need your registration in order to allow full access to our records.

terms and conditions

Contact Permissions

We’d like to send you special offers and deals exclusive to BillionGraves users to help your family history research. All emails ​include an unsubscribe link. You ​may opt-out at any time.

Thanks for registering with BillionGraves.com!
In order to gain full access to this record, please verify your email by opening the welcome email that we just sent to you.
Sign up the easy way

Use your facebook account to register with BillionGraves. It will be one less password to remember. You can always add an email and password later.


Life Information

A Stranger


Gray Village Cemetery

9 Shaker Rd
Gray, Cumberland, Maine
United States

Headstone Description

STRANGER - A Soldier of the late war, died 1862. Erected by the Ladies of Gray.

Sarah Kienzle

June 1, 2011


June 1, 2011

Nearby Graves

See more nearby graves
Upgrade to BG+

Find more about A...

We found more records about A Stranger.

Grave Site of A


A Stranger is buried in the Gray Village Cemetery at the location displayed on the map below. This GPS information is ONLY available at BillionGraves. Our technology can help you find the gravesite and other family members buried nearby.

Download the free BillionGraves mobile app for iPhone and Android before you go to the cemetery and it will guide you right to the gravesite.
android Google play phone_iphone App Store



Memorial / Obituary / Personal History

Contributor: Sally Created: 5 years ago Updated: 5 years ago

The Winona Daily News
Winona, Minnesota 
Saturday, May 28, 1955
Page 8

Southerner in Northern Grave Is Honored Too

GRAY, Maine [AP]—The tombstone on the grave of an unknown Confederate soldier is marked "stranger." But the Southerner lies in a Northern grave among friends.
The people of Gray have decorated his grave for Memorial Day, just as they have since the body was shipped to Maine by mistake in the fall of 1862.
"It's one of the strange, untold stories of the Civil War," says Gray historian George T, Hill.
On the Southerner's grave is a pot of flowering geraniums. Over it flutters the Stars and Stripes.
The same honor is paid to veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic who sleep nearby.

There is a difference in the iron markers. On the Southerner's star is inscribed "Veteran 1861-65." On those of the Northern soldiers is marked "GAR Post 78. The Confederate soldier's body
arrived in Gray as that of Lt. Charles H. Colley, Company B, 10th Maine Volunteers.
"The lieutenant was the son of Amos and Sarah Nash Colley, farm people here, Hill recalled,
"He was wounded at Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9, 1862, and died the following Sept. 20 at Alexandria,
Va. He was 29.
"In those days, the family had to pay the government for embalming and transportation. The
Colleys had done this. When the body arrived, they opened the casket in farewell. Instead of their son, they found a fully uniformed Confederate soldier.
"You can imagine what the consternation and grief must have been like. However, as both communications and travel were slow at the time, it was decided to bury the unknown soldier in Gray cemetery." .
A tombstone was raised over the grave. It was inscribed: "Stranger—a soldier of the late war. Died 1862. Erected by the ladies of Gray."
The ladies were not an organized group. They were mothers and wives whose men had suffered in the war.
Lt Colley's body arrived a week later It is buried 100 feet away.
Historian Hill conjectures as to how the mistake was made. Both Lt. Colley and the Confederate may have been wounded in the same battle and hospitalized together.
Both must have died about the same time. There is a possibility, says Hill, that both were named Colley. 

Life timeline of A Stranger

We don`t have enough information about A Stranger to display a timeline. Add a birth year and a death year in order to see a timeline of important events that happened during the life of A Stranger
Edit Record
Grave record for A Stranger (Died: 1862), BillionGraves Record 6781 Gray, Cumberland, Maine, United States