A number of forgotton grave markers and memorial stones were uncovered in July of 2006 by a lanscaping crew from the University just planninng to clean up the site a little. Among the was the to the long-missing gravestone of Walter B.S. Griswold, a young Union recruit killed during William Quantrill’s murderous Aug. 21, 1863, raid on Lawrence.
Other markers located included:
• Carl C. Rau gravestone — Rau was an early German settler in Douglas County. Dated Nov. 4, 1855, his gravestone, inscribed in German, is one of the earliest extant in Kansas.
• John Oliver gravestone — Oliver died in Lawrence in 1861. This stone was placed in Pioneer Cemetery by his granddaughter, Hannah Oliver, a survivor of Quantrill’s Raid.
• Monument to the Unknown Union Dead of the Civil War — A project of the Grand Army of the Republic, this obelisk was dedicated in 1906, marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the war. Some of the brick-and-stucco monument was visible before the brush was cleared.