22 new military markers recognize Civil War soldiers in Illinois cemetery


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Robert Ridley Smith family stands by new headstone

The forgotten graves of 22 Civil War Veterans received military headstones at a cemetery in Oswego, Illinois. The new markers were dedicated on Saturday, May 4, with descendants of the deceased in attendance to honor their family’s heroes.

Robert Ridley Smith is one of several African-American Civil War Veterans buried in the cemetery who received an official marker for the first time. Smith’s great-great-great-granddaughter was there to lay a flower at his grave.

Robert Rogers and David Bailey led the efforts of P.H. Sheridan Camp 2 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to ensure these graves were properly recognized. “Our camp has been very active in cemetery operations,” Rogers said. “We found this cemetery after another historian advised us some Civil War Veterans were buried there.”

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Sons of Union Veterans, Sheridan Camp 2

The two camp members met with historian Stephanie Todd at the cemetery in October 2014 to begin identifying which soldiers needed markers and which needed maintenance.

Rogers and his group worked with VA’s National Cemetery Administration for the procurement of the markers.

Camp 2, PH Sheridan has obtained more than 200 markers from the VA in the past 10 years.

A list of updated headstones in Oswego is below. We honor their service.

  • Isaac S. Bartlett– Private, Company A, 127thIllinois Infantry; Private, Company E, 5th Veteran Reserve Corps; member Rutherford B. Hayes GAR Post # 120 in Plano
  • John P. Bartlett– Private, Company A, 127thIllinois Infantry
  • George Oscar Briggs – Private, Company A, 127thIllinois Infantry; Private, Company E, 55thIllinois Infantry
  • Wilson Briggs– Private, Company A, 127thIllinois Infantry; Private, Company E, 55th Illinois Infantry
  • Samuel Buell– Private, Company C, 4thIllinois Cavalry; Sergeant, Company D, 4th Illinois Cavalry (Consolidated); Sergeant, Company L, 12th Illinois Cavalry (Consolidated)
  • James Cliggitt– Corporal, Company H, 13thIllinois Infantry
  • Samuel Steele Elliott– Private, Company A, 127thIllinois Infantry
  • John Foss– Private, Company B, 47thNew York Infantry
  • John Grimmel– Private, Company I, 36thIllinois Infantry
  • John Hinchman– Private, Company A, 127thIllinois Infantry; Private, 90th Company, 2nd Battalion Veteran Reserve Corps; Private, Company C, 4th Veteran Reserve Corps
  • Joseph M. Hinchman– Private, Company C, 4thIllinois Cavalry; Private, Company D, 4th Illinois Cavalry (Consolidated); Private, Company L, 12th Illinois Cavalry (Consolidated)
  • Thomas Jefferson– Private, Unassigned, 29thUnited States Colored Infantry
  • Paul La Crosse– Private, Company A, 127thIllinois Infantry
  • Edward Mann– Regimental Commissary, 4thIllinois Cavalry; 1st Lieutenant, Company B, 4th Illinois Cavalry (Consolidated); Captain; Company I, 12th Illinois Cavalry (Consolidated); member Yorkville GAR Post # 522 in Yorkville
  • James M. Rand– Private, Battery F, 2ndIllinois Light Artillery
  • Hopkins B. Richards– Private, Company D, 72ndIllinois Infantry
  • Henry C. Smith– Private, Company C, 4thIllinois Cavalry
  • Robert Ridley Smith– Private, Company E, 66thUnited States Colored Infantry
  • Amos Terry– Private, Company H, 52ndIllinois Infantry
  • Andrew J. Wilsey– Private, Company K, 20thIllinois Infantry
  • Michael Wolf– Private, Company A, 50thPennsylvania Infantry
  • Joseph T. Young– Private, Company G, 3rdNew Jersey Infantry; Private, Company C, 15th New Jersey Infantry; Private, Company A, 3rd Veteran Battalion, New Jersey Infantry

 

To find these and other Veterans gravesites via VA’s National Gravesite Locator. You can search for burial locations of Veterans and their family members in VA national cemeteries, state Veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for Veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.he locator includes burial records from many sources. These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less information than others. Information on Veterans buried in private cemeteries was collected for the purpose of furnishing government grave markers, and we do not have information available for burials prior to 1997.

Author

Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.

Comments

  1. thomas gomez sr    

    I JUST WONDER WHY FOX NEWS NEVER TELLS THE STORIES OF THE GOOD THINGS THE VA AND OUR GOVERNMENT DOES TO HONOR US VETS. THE VA ISN’T PERFECT.NO ONE IS PERFECT. AND EVERYONE ON THIS EARTH MAKES MISTAKES !I’M GRATEFUL FOR EVERYTHING THE VA HAS DONE FOR ME.FOR US! THEY TRULY CARE ABOUT US VETS.YES SOMETIMES THINGS GET COMPLICATED . SOME TIMES WE HAVE TO WAIT. VETERANS SHOULD LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE. AND UNDERSTAND THE VA IS OVERWHELMED. BUT. THEY NEVER FORGET US. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGE THE VA HAS AND HAVE PATIENCE WITH THEM DEFEND THE VA WHEN PEOPLE TALK BAD ABOUT IT!SOME TIMES PEOPLE SAY IN FRONT OF ME. THE VETERANS GET TREATED SO BADLY. I JUMP IN AND SAY EXCUSE ME MAM OR SIR. BUT I’M A VETERAN AND I GET TREATED JUST FINE!SO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU MAKE A STATEMENT LIKE THAT YOU SHOULD SEE THERE FACES WHEN YOU TELL THEM THAT I TELL THEM DONT LISTEN TO FOX NEWS LISTEN TO THE VETERANS! YOU SHOULD TELL PEOPLE LIKE THAT THE SAME THING..

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