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Melvin Larimer’s stone identifies him as having been an artificer in the Spanish-American War. I might have seen other stones with the designation before, but I hadn’t noticed. On Fort Sumter’s website, I found “artificer” in their FAQ section. Paraphrasing, an artificer would have been an enlisted artillery man with a specialized skill that allowed him to supervise or organize that kind of work.

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You tell me – is that a bow tie?

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Nero

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Radloff

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

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Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Bernadette

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Sacred to the memory of Alexander Doull, Colonel of Artillery in the Army of the Potomac, previously lieutenant in the Royal British Artillery

The inscription on Colonel Doull’s tombstone reminds us of a fact about the United States Civil War that be forgotten – the important role that immigrants played in the armies. About 25% of the Union army was estimated to be foreign-born immigrants. With the rate of immigration in the 19th century, we also have to assume that there was a significant slice of the United States-born soldiers who had parents or grandparents who were immigrants.

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Samuel Pickands joined the 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Artillery, on February 1, 1862. By the end of March, he was dead, most likely of disease. According to the Ohio Roster Commission’s Offical Roster of soldiers, Pickands died on March 25 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The tombstone identifies his place of death as Virginia rather than West Virginia. As West Virginia did not enter the Union until June 20, 1863, Pickand and his family would have known the state where he died as Virginia. Even if they were aware of the movement for West Virginia to become its own state, the convention to create a state constitution did not present a document for ratification until mid-February, and the ratification occurred at least a month after Pickands’ death.

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John T. Lace
Engineer on Lake Shore R.R.
Was killed at Nottingham
March 22, 1881
Aged 58 ys. 3 ms.
Beloved in life, lamented in death

I had to photograph the tombstone of John Lace because I recognized his place of death. Nottingham was once a separate community on the eastern edge of Cleveland, not far from where I live now at the Cleveland-Euclid border. Named for Henry Nottingham, a 19th century railroadman, the name of the town lives on in Nottingham Road.

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“Extinguished is the star that led the now wanderer to his cabin door. The smile she wore cheered me on to battle do to war and peace alike.”

The epitaph on the stone for the Hobdays seems likely to be a sweet inscription from Edward to his wife Elizabeth, who predeceased him by nearly two decades. I could not find a source for the epitaph, but there is a lot of literature that the Hobdays might have known that isn’t yet easily searchable on the internet. Either way, it’s among the more endearing epitaphs from husband to wife that I have seen.

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