Taking Time to Remember on Gettysburg Address Anniversary

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

There was a reenactment of President Abraham Lincoln's speech in Pennsylvania among other events.

After researching her family history, Margaret Lam and her relatives realized Sgt. Osbert Lytton, her great-grandfather and a Civil War P.O.W, is buried in Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton.

Margaret Lam laid a wreath where Lytton is buried, before there was just grass.

Putting a marker on his grave is her way of making sure those who fought aren't forgotten.

"There's no marker here. My great-grandmother is also buried," said Lam.

For Lam, it's a homecoming of sorts as her long lost family is found.

"Adopted when I was four years old and lost my family, the Lytton, and was raised in a wonderful family," said Lam.

Sgt. Lytton was part of Stonewall Jackson's brigade.

Lam said he also survived being a P.O.W in South Carolina in rough conditions.

"The Immortal 600, which were confederate officers mistreated by the Union," said Lam.

A country divided that endured. A speech to bring the country together during a bloody civil war. A war that's remembered here with a memorial for confederate soldiers.

Some soldiers have markers, others do not.

"It doesn't matter if they were Union or the Confederacy, I mean, anytime somebody puts their life on the line I think it's really important to remember them. Just like today, with what's happening over in Afghanistan," said Lam

Lam said there are other Lyttons buried in the cemetery and that she'll keep looking because she feels history is something worth looking for.

"I look at the battlefields as being sacred ground and our children need to learn this history," said Lam.

Lam actually started doing research on her family history after being reunited with her birth sisters in 1976.

She says Lytton is one of a number of others in her family that fought in the Civil War.

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