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Lieutenant Colonel John T. Ellis is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. He was killed at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. This view was taken circa the 1860s and is courtesy of the VMI Archives Online Photographs Database.

Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, is the home of many notable Confederate internments with a connection to Gettysburg. Gettysburg Daily reader Pete Skillman traveled to the cemetery and provided the content for this series.

Pete Skillman works in the IT department of a school system in Maryland. In his free time, he loves to read and discuss U.S. history. He became interested in Gettysburg when he visited a few times with his family as a child, and spent several hours searching out flank markers with his dad. Pete loves spending time with family and friends in Gettysburg whenever he can. He lives in Catonsville, MD with his wife, Ruth and his dog, Charlie.

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The red rectangle on this map shows the location of John Thomas Ellis’ grave site in Hollywood Cemetery.
The grave site and headstone to John Thomas Ellis at Hollywood Cemetery. This view was taken facing east at approximately 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 9, 2011, by John Dolan.

In this video, Pete Skillman gives us a background on John Thomas Ellis. This video was taken facing north by George Skillman.
The red rectangle on this map shows the location of Lewis B. Williams’ grave site in Hollywood Cemetery.
Colonel Lewis B. Williams, like John T. Ellis, was killed at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.

The grave site and headstone to Lewis B. Williams. This view was taken facing east at approximately 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 9, 2011, by John Dolan.

In this video, Pete Skillman gives us a background on Lewis B. Williams. This video was taken facing north by George Skillman.

For the first few posts of this series, we’re in the Confederate Soldiers Section of Hollywood Cemetery, in the area known as Gettysburg Hill. Many of the major battles of the Civil War have an area like this in the cemetery for the dead who are buried here from those battles. This view was facing east at approximately 1:40 PM on Saturday, July 9, 2011, by John Dolan.

A view of some of the markers on Gettysburg Hill. The Hollywood Memorial Association moved approx. 2,000 dead from the field at Gettysburg to be buried in this section of the cemetery in 1872. By that time, many of the dead who were moved were unknowns. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 1:40 PM on Saturday, July 9, 2011, by John Dolan.

Another look up at the markers on Gettysburg Hill. You can see the top of George E. Pickett’s monument in the left background. Pickett chose to be buried in this section of the cemetery, near the men of his division who fell at Gettysburg. This view was taken facing north at approximately 1:40 PM on Saturday, July 9, 2011, by John Dolan.

One last angle looking down Gettysburg Hill. The individual markers to many of the men thought to be buried here were placed just a few years ago. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 1:40 PM on Saturday, July 9, 2011, by John Dolan.


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