WV Fan 3:58am, 9 January 2006
Does anyone know what this symbol means?

Fairfax Cemetery, Fairfax, VA

Fairfax Cemetery, Fairfax, VA
silent cup [deleted] 16 years ago
I believe it is to signify a military person of high ranking. The swords anyway, as to the 2 and E, I am unsure. Maybe a company?
Dani Batz Posted 16 years ago. Edited by Dani Batz (member) 16 years ago
The crossed swords on a tombstone usually signify that the person was killed in battle and I guess the 2 and the E have indeed something to do with his company.
duncan 16 years ago
as he died in 1914 at the age of 79, I suspect he wasn't killed in battle...
leafy Posted 16 years ago. Edited by leafy (member) 16 years ago
... the date indicates he would have been of age during the civil war ... he could have been a member of Company E of the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Infantry, which took reletively few casualties, i believe ...

In the fall of 1859, a company of Virginia Militia was organized in the town of Hedgesville, Virginia. Called the Hedgesville Blues, for the blue uniforms they wore. The company became proficient in military drill under the able command of Captain Raleigh T. Colston.
When Civil War erupted in April 1861, 33 men of the company marched to Harpers Ferry where they were formed with 9 other companies into the 2nd Virginia Infantry Regiment, the Hedgesville Blues becoming Co.E. Further organization of the Confederate forces brought the 2nd and 4 other Virginia Regiments into a brigade commanded by General Thomas Jackson. In a few months the brigade received their " baptism of fire" at First Mannassas, where both they and Jackson earned the nickname " Stonewall " for the stand they made.
After 4 years of continuous struggle, the fortunes of war swung against the Confederacy. Whittled down by Grant's army, Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865. Throughout the war, 1,699 officers and men served in the 2nd Virginia, 167 of them in Co.E. At the surrender the entire 2nd Regiment consisted of 75 men! 14 privates were all that remained of Co.E., of these, not one was of the original 33.

2nd Virginia Company E. wartime casualties:

Killed in Action ......7
Missing in Action ...4
Wounded ..............52
POW ...................31
Dani Batz 16 years ago
Well usually the crossed swords mean you've died in battle...maybe in this case he was wounded? Or maybe it just means he was in a battle??
kindhearted tail [deleted] 16 years ago
batz, So sorry, but the crossed swords most certainly do not mean he died in battle. The crossed sabers indicate that this person was a member of the cavalry. The 2 stands for Second , likely the 2nd Virginia, as Leafy points out, but it could be 2nd United States. The E is for Company E.

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kaleidoscope Posted 16 years ago. Edited by kaleidoscope (member) 16 years ago
Crossed swords signify a high ranking military person. I did some research on this man and he was a member of and drew a pension as a member of the Confederate Army.

A list of other tombstone markings and their significance can be found here:
Dani Batz 16 years ago
Mmm I wonder how a sign for a high ranking military person of the cavalry who died in battle will look like now....

Could different kind of pointed weapons (swords, sabers etc) mean different things?
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