This website is a dedication to the
Australian Union and Confederate Veterans of
the American Civil War of 1861 – 1865. It has been
created from numerous sources, government documents, research
libraries and hundreds of pieces of information emailed in and
donated by individuals from all over Australia and the United
States; and includes work by individuals in both the “Sons of
Confederate Veterans”, the “Sons of Union Veterans”, the “American
Civil War Round Table of Queensland” the “American Civil of Round
Table of Australia”, the late Roy Parker and others.
Hundred of thousands of individuals from all over the
world participated in the American “War Between the States”; many in
the north forcibly and against their will, inducted into Union
service right off ships as they immigrated to America seeking a
better life. Many others volunteered for what they thought would be
a very short conflict, in a war that was deemed by the U.S.
Constitution to be both illegal and without merit. Men of the
southern states, however, white and black, all served voluntarily in
defence of their “states rights”, brought on by aggressive northern
governmental taxation, and in the protection of their homes and
property from total destruction.
What ever the reason for their participation, no
matter what their nationality, no matter what their race and no
matter for which side they fought; all served gallantly as
honourable soldiers in a war that took thousands of lives
needlessly. As such, all American Civil War Veterans, Union and
Confederate, should always be remembered and honoured for their
bravery and gallantry in that disastrous conflict.
Many veterans after the war was over left America for
other parts of the world, seeking peace and solitude, hoping to
forget the tragedies of war and begin life anew somewhere else. May
returned to their native lands of Scotland, England, Ireland,
Germany, Russia and other countries. Many others followed
Australians who fought in the war back to Australia, where they
built new lives, married, raised families and left many descendants
who remain even today.
It is for those veterans, now buried in Australia,
and for their descendants, that this perpetual memorial website has
been made. To insure that their war veteran ancestors, like the
Australian war veterans of modern wars, will never again be
Major Arthur John
“Real Son” of a Civil War Veteran
Education Service Corp
Commonwealth Occupation Forces, Japan
Arthur W. John, who today lives in Cheltenham, Victoria,
Australia, is the 99 year old son of Confederate
veteran Joseph John, 54th Virginia Infantry,
Company K, who is buried in Fulham, London, England.