Monday, September 12, 2016

16 unmarked graves receive headstones

Researchers and volunteers have completed a project to mark the graves of Civil War veterans in a Marshalltown, Iowa, cemetery. The Catholic Soldiers' Lot at Riverside Cemetery is the final resting place for 31 soldiers, but until recently, only about half of the graves were marked. Since there was no way of knowing the exact resting place of the men in the unmarked graves, volunteers got information about the 16 men by collecting census data. "We had their names, but little other information, so one by one, we had to research their identities and figure out dates of birth, death and years of military service," cemetery volunteer Jerry McCann said. "We know they were mainly of Irish descent, and some German, who when they died, wanted to be buried in this section." • Article

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