I have a photo of my great-grandfather H. K. W. CHILDRESS (1838-1907)'s grave in Palmetto, Fulton GA taken ca 1970s-1980s. Beside it was a memorial stone for my great-grandmother.
H. K. W. CHILDRESS was born 9 May 1838 Chulahoma, Marshall MS (Chickasaw Territory at the time). The 1860 Marshall MS Tyro census shows him there, age 21, in the household #381 of Betsey Waldrip along with his brother George H. Childress, age 24. Next door, in household #380 are two of their sisters.
His enlistment record (as Harrison K. W. CHILDRESS) for Mississippi 19th Reg't dated 25 May 1861, Chulahoma, Marshall MS, Captain Hardin, shows he served for the duration of the war. He was with the "Marshall Rifles" Co. I.
After participating in the Battle of Gaines Mills, and after his arm was amputated above the elbow, he served as a Hospital Guard.
He (as Harris K. W. CHILDRESS) was married 18 March 1873 to Martha E. BELL (1853-1887) (daughter of Martha E. MILES and Elijah Hamilton BELL).
His family moved to Georgia from Mississippi ca 1880, and in 1891 he applied for and received (as H. K. W. CHILDRESS) a pension for his service with the Mississippi 19th. The pension application states he was wounded by "... gunshot wound of left arm causing the l. arm to be amputated above the elbow" and that his service was as a "Private in Company I of 19th Regiment of Msip [Mississippi] Volunteers" and his wound was received "at the battle of Gaines Mill... 27th day of June 1861..."
Imagine my surprise in discovering on Find-a-Grave very recently that my great-grandmother's memorial stone appears to be missing, and as well, there's a CSA marker that states H. K. W. CHILDRESS was a "Pvt." with "Co. I 19 GA VOL. INF. CSA" ! His headstone appears to have been restored or replaced as well.
Well he wasn't with the Georgia 19th (Carroll GA) Co. I or any company in Georgia. The muster roll doesn't show anyone with the name CHILDRESS or CHILDERS so there's no chance he could have been confused with someone with a similar name.
Isn't there some Civil War memorial oversight committee in Georgia that at least does some fact-checking when it comes to such memorials? Other than informing this list, I don't know what to do about this.