Some Civil War Soldiers Buried in Spokane, Washington

As I mentioned before, I photographed a few Civil War veterans’ graves in Greenwood Memorial Terrace here in Spokane on Sunday. Here’s a list of the veterans, with links to their memorial pages and grave photos on Find A Grave:

C. R. Bardwell – Company C, 6th Minnesota Infantry

His wife, Mary E. Bardwell.

Eugene S. P. Bolton – Company A, 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery

F. W. Fiske – Company C, 8th Minnesota Infantry

Martin Holston – Company B, 1st Illinois Cavalry – UPDATE 23 Sep 2007: Read his biography here.

Pvt. Albert B. Hurd – Company H, 6th Minnesota Infantry (He already had a memorial page and photo, unbeknownst to me, but I added the photo I took.)

Hiram O. Johnson – Company H, 9th Indiana Infantry

Pvt. Joseph Litterneau – Company F, 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

William W. Mason – 39th Massachusetts Infantry

John W. Proctor – “U. S. Soldier”

Corp. Christian Sanders – Company F, 6th Wisconsin Infantry

His probable wife, Elizabeth Sanders.

Sgt. Walter Scott – Company K, U.S. Colored Troops Infantry (I’d love to find out more of his story! African-Americans have always been a definite minority in this community, especially at the time this man would have lived here.) – UPDATE: Craig Manson, at GeneaBlogie, has created a “brief study” of Sgt. Walter Scott’s life here.

John C. Squires – Company I, 2nd New York Heavy Artillery

Henry S. Walker – Company L, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry

James B. Warren
– Company D, 18th Missouri Infantry

Musician Charles F. Wightman – Company C, 26th Illinois Infantry

I used the Sons of Union Veterans National Graves Registration Database to try to find more detailed information on these men. There wasn’t much, but I did get some full names where I only found initials, a couple of dates (most of the stones did not list birth/death dates), and some explanations for some of the abbreviations.

These are but a handful of the 393 known Civil War veterans buried in this cemetery and the 803 total buried in this county. I want to know more about these men, and perhaps this summer I can do some research on them, or find their obituaries in the microfilmed newspapers in the downtown library.

Some Civil War Soldiers Buried in Spokane, Washington

As I mentioned before, I photographed a few Civil War veterans’ graves in Greenwood Memorial Terrace here in Spokane on Sunday. Here’s a list of the veterans, with links to their memorial pages and grave photos on Find A Grave:

C. R. Bardwell – Company C, 6th Minnesota Infantry

His wife, Mary E. Bardwell.

Eugene S. P. Bolton – Company A, 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery

F. W. Fiske – Company C, 8th Minnesota Infantry

Martin Holston – Company B, 1st Illinois Cavalry – UPDATE 23 Sep 2007: Read his biography here.

Pvt. Albert B. Hurd – Company H, 6th Minnesota Infantry (He already had a memorial page and photo, unbeknownst to me, but I added the photo I took.)

Hiram O. Johnson – Company H, 9th Indiana Infantry

Pvt. Joseph Litterneau – Company F, 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

William W. Mason – 39th Massachusetts Infantry

John W. Proctor – “U. S. Soldier”

Corp. Christian Sanders – Company F, 6th Wisconsin Infantry

His probable wife, Elizabeth Sanders.

Sgt. Walter Scott – Company K, U.S. Colored Troops Infantry (I’d love to find out more of his story! African-Americans have always been a definite minority in this community, especially at the time this man would have lived here.) – UPDATE: Craig Manson, at GeneaBlogie, has created a “brief study” of Sgt. Walter Scott’s life here.

John C. Squires – Company I, 2nd New York Heavy Artillery

Henry S. Walker – Company L, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry

James B. Warren
– Company D, 18th Missouri Infantry

Musician Charles F. Wightman – Company C, 26th Illinois Infantry

I used the Sons of Union Veterans National Graves Registration Database to try to find more detailed information on these men. There wasn’t much, but I did get some full names where I only found initials, a couple of dates (most of the stones did not list birth/death dates), and some explanations for some of the abbreviations.

These are but a handful of the 393 known Civil War veterans buried in this cemetery and the 803 total buried in this county. I want to know more about these men, and perhaps this summer I can do some research on them, or find their obituaries in the microfilmed newspapers in the downtown library.

What I’m Reading These Days – Part 6

Last week, I picked up a small book from the New Book section of my local library: A Military Miscellany by Thomas Ayres, published 2006 by Bantam Dell. At only 184 pages, it is packed with not-so-trivial facts, lists, and stories from American’s military history. Did you know…

  • an Army photographer took 20,000 German prisoners of war during WWII?
  • ground was broken for the Pentagon exactly 60 years to the day that it was attacked by terrorists flying a civilian plane into it (September 11, 1941)?
  • one man was present at the attack on Pearl Harbor, the dropping of the A-bomb at Hiroshima, and the Japanese surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri?
  • three Union generals–William Terrill, Thomas L. Crittenden, and John B. McIntosh–had brothers that served as generals in the Confederate Army (James Terrill, George Crittenden, and James M. McIntosh)?
  • First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln had a brother, three half-brothers, and three brothers-in-law who served in the Confederate Army?
  • the War of 1812 was more unpopular with the public than the Vietnam War (representatives from the New England states met in Hartford, Connecticut to discuss secession and many American citizens openly aided British invaders)?
  • General George Patton believed he had had seven past lives in great military campaigns of history, including his belief that he had been Hannibal, crossing the Alps to invade Rome?

This is both a fun and sobering look at our rich military legacy. I highly recommend it to you.

An Afternoon at the Cemeteries

Yesterday afternoon, my 16-year-old daughter accompanied me to two local cemeteries so that we could honor the deceased of our families. I had planned to go on Saturday, which was a gorgeous warm day, but errands–including purchasing a new flag for the holiday and a bouquet of roses for the purpose of distributing them at the graves–took up most of my day. Sunday arrived with strong gales of wind, so strong I dared not put up my new flag for fear of bending the aluminum pole or snagging the banner on the gutters above. Thunderstorms were forecast for the late afternoon and evening, so I decided it was now or never.

The first cemetery we visited was Riverside Memorial Park, where a special little boy now rests in peace: Brandon Tyrone Chapman, a special-needs student I worked with for four years, who was like a second son to me. He is buried underneath some pines not far from the Spokane River. The cemetery was beautifully decorated, with hundreds of memorial flags fluttering along the roadsides and graves brightly trimmed with real and silk flowers, flags, and pinwheels. At the entrance, throngs of people milled, visiting Heritage Funeral Home, which normally has a historic display for the public every Memorial Day weekend. Last year, Ulysses S. Grant had been the focus; this year was Elvis, so I did not go in (I like his music, but I had hoped for a more “historical” figure). Classic cars were being shown in the parking lot, and I took a quick shot with my camera while my daughter picked up some free pizza from a nearby booth (yes, it’s quite an event!).

We then crossed the road to Greenwood Memorial Terrace, where we noticed a large American flag was posted near the monument of Chief Spokane Garry. We drove up to the first terrace where a large Midkiff monument marks the lot where George Henry, his wife Arzella (Glasgow), and their son Samuel C. Midkiff are buried. I’ve done a little research on this family, and can trace George back to Kentucky, but how he may be related to my husband is still a mystery. There are no descendants; their only son Samuel died in 1918, so our family has “adopted” the graves to clean and decorate them on Memorial Day. My daughter remarked that Samuel was only 16 when he died (her own age), and I told her he had probably died in the Influenza Epidemic.

We then went up to the top terrace, where two of my cousins, Christopher Wrex Pierson Zaagsma and Caren Jeanne “Carrie” Pierson Zaagsma, are buried in the Inspiration block. We stayed for a while at their graves, while I told my daughter the stories of my cousins, what their personalities were like, memories of special times together, and how they had died. Then we went over to nearby Honor Lawn, where some distant Midkiff cousins are buried. I shared memories with Missy about Betty Lou(Midkiff) Bryant, a petite woman who had researched the Midkiff family in the area and had contacted us about 18 years ago to try to fit us into the family tree (she was my father-in-law’s second cousin). Together, she and I organized the first local Midkiff Family Reunion in 1990. Betty’s husband, George Wesley Bryant, is buried next to her; a salty-tongued WW2 veteran, he had worked on the Grand Coulee Dam as an ironworker. On the other side of Betty rests her brother, George Vernon Midkiff, a Navy veteran whose life was cut tragically short by an automobile accident.

When we were done with the graves of family and friends, we returned to the first level, where the graves of many Civil War veterans are situated around the Grand Army of the Republic monument. We chose graves that had no flowers or flags (and sadly, there were many) on which to lay the last of our roses. I took photographs to upload to Find A Grave. There was a nest in a pine above us and a baby bird fell out, fluttering around. My daughter was very worried, but I assured her the bird’s mother would return as soon as we left, and that the good thing was there didn’t appear to be any predators in the area.

We returned home tired from our outing in the wind, but satisfied in having enjoyed our time together, knowing our loved ones had been honored.

What I’m Reading These Days – Part 6

Last week, I picked up a small book from the New Book section of my local library: A Military Miscellany by Thomas Ayres, published 2006 by Bantam Dell. At only 184 pages, it is packed with not-so-trivial facts, lists, and stories from American’s military history. Did you know…

  • an Army photographer took 20,000 German prisoners of war during WWII?
  • ground was broken for the Pentagon exactly 60 years to the day that it was attacked by terrorists flying a civilian plane into it (September 11, 1941)?
  • one man was present at the attack on Pearl Harbor, the dropping of the A-bomb at Hiroshima, and the Japanese surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri?
  • three Union generals–William Terrill, Thomas L. Crittenden, and John B. McIntosh–had brothers that served as generals in the Confederate Army (James Terrill, George Crittenden, and James M. McIntosh)?
  • First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln had a brother, three half-brothers, and three brothers-in-law who served in the Confederate Army?
  • the War of 1812 was more unpopular with the public than the Vietnam War (representatives from the New England states met in Hartford, Connecticut to discuss secession and many American citizens openly aided British invaders)?
  • General George Patton believed he had had seven past lives in great military campaigns of history, including his belief that he had been Hannibal, crossing the Alps to invade Rome?

This is both a fun and sobering look at our rich military legacy. I highly recommend it to you.

An Afternoon at the Cemeteries

Yesterday afternoon, my 16-year-old daughter accompanied me to two local cemeteries so that we could honor the deceased of our families. I had planned to go on Saturday, which was a gorgeous warm day, but errands–including purchasing a new flag for the holiday and a bouquet of roses for the purpose of distributing them at the graves–took up most of my day. Sunday arrived with strong gales of wind, so strong I dared not put up my new flag for fear of bending the aluminum pole or snagging the banner on the gutters above. Thunderstorms were forecast for the late afternoon and evening, so I decided it was now or never.

The first cemetery we visited was Riverside Memorial Park, where a special little boy now rests in peace: Brandon Tyrone Chapman, a special-needs student I worked with for four years, who was like a second son to me. He is buried underneath some pines not far from the Spokane River. The cemetery was beautifully decorated, with hundreds of memorial flags fluttering along the roadsides and graves brightly trimmed with real and silk flowers, flags, and pinwheels. At the entrance, throngs of people milled, visiting Heritage Funeral Home, which normally has a historic display for the public every Memorial Day weekend. Last year, Ulysses S. Grant had been the focus; this year was Elvis, so I did not go in (I like his music, but I had hoped for a more “historical” figure). Classic cars were being shown in the parking lot, and I took a quick shot with my camera while my daughter picked up some free pizza from a nearby booth (yes, it’s quite an event!).

We then crossed the road to Greenwood Memorial Terrace, where we noticed a large American flag was posted near the monument of Chief Spokane Garry. We drove up to the first terrace where a large Midkiff monument marks the lot where George Henry, his wife Arzella (Glasgow), and their son Samuel C. Midkiff are buried. I’ve done a little research on this family, and can trace George back to Kentucky, but how he may be related to my husband is still a mystery. There are no descendants; their only son Samuel died in 1918, so our family has “adopted” the graves to clean and decorate them on Memorial Day. My daughter remarked that Samuel was only 16 when he died (her own age), and I told her he had probably died in the Influenza Epidemic.

We then went up to the top terrace, where two of my cousins, Christopher Wrex Pierson Zaagsma and Caren Jeanne “Carrie” Pierson Zaagsma, are buried in the Inspiration block. We stayed for a while at their graves, while I told my daughter the stories of my cousins, what their personalities were like, memories of special times together, and how they had died. Then we went over to nearby Honor Lawn, where some distant Midkiff cousins are buried. I shared memories with Missy about Betty Lou(Midkiff) Bryant, a petite woman who had researched the Midkiff family in the area and had contacted us about 18 years ago to try to fit us into the family tree (she was my father-in-law’s second cousin). Together, she and I organized the first local Midkiff Family Reunion in 1990. Betty’s husband, George Wesley Bryant, is buried next to her; a salty-tongued WW2 veteran, he had worked on the Grand Coulee Dam as an ironworker. On the other side of Betty rests her brother, George Vernon Midkiff, a Navy veteran whose life was cut tragically short by an automobile accident.

When we were done with the graves of family and friends, we returned to the first level, where the graves of many Civil War veterans are situated around the Grand Army of the Republic monument. We chose graves that had no flowers or flags (and sadly, there were many) on which to lay the last of our roses. I took photographs to upload to Find A Grave. There was a nest in a pine above us and a baby bird fell out, fluttering around. My daughter was very worried, but I assured her the bird’s mother would return as soon as we left, and that the good thing was there didn’t appear to be any predators in the area.

We returned home tired from our outing in the wind, but satisfied in having enjoyed our time together, knowing our loved ones had been honored.

What I’m Reading These Days – Part 5

I’ve been a fan of Robert Ragan’s for quite a while. His Treasure Maps website subtitled Genealogy resource page – Your guide to free search tips, articles, and family tree information is chock-full of great, easy-to-understand tips and tutorials. I signed up to receive his free e-mail newsletter, and encourage my Online Genealogy students to do so as well. He also offers all his tutorials for sale on his Pajama Genealogy Research System on CD, which includes much more than what you’ll find on his website. Back in November 2006, he began a blog, and this week, he’s got a handy new tutorial video on it: “A Google Search Tip that Every Genealogy and Family Tree Researcher Should Know.”

You would be amazed at all you can learn through Robert’s website, newsletter, and blog. He is a very good teacher, and his simple tips and tricks really make the basics of online searches so much easier! I encourage you to take a look and sign up for his newsletter. I guarantee you will learn something!