1st Lt. Charles Goodwin Bickham received the Medal of Honor for “cross[ing] a fire-swept field, in close range of the enemy, and [bringing] a wounded soldier to a place of shelter” during the Philippine-American War.
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Posted in Dead Men Do Tell Tales, tagged 4th west virginia infantry, civil war, columbus, mausoleum, medal of honor, ohio, tombstone tales, union cemetery, vicksburg, west virginia on July 19, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Joel Parsons was a private in the 4th West Virginia Infantry and received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Vicksburg. According to the West Virginia Medal of Honor Recipients “>list, he “stormed a Confederate stronghold” on May 22, 1863. I noticed that the Medal of Honor winner listed above him, a Pvt. Jasper N. North from the same unit, received his Medal for the same action. Searching the page, I found Pvt. James C. Summers (4th West Virginia Infantry), Thomas J. Ward (116th Illinois Infantry), Pvt. William H. Barringer (4th West Virginia Infantry), Sgt. John C. Buckley (4th West Virginia Infantry); all awarded the Medal of Honor for this same action. From looking at regimental histories, it seems that the 4th West Virginia Infantry participated in assaults on the besieged city of Vicksburg on both May 19 and May 22. Vicksburg did not fall until July 4, 1863.
Posted in Cemetery Sculpture, Morbid Musings, tagged angel, Angels, babies, bird, child, children, civil war, columbus, column, Crosses, dove, flowers, gar, grave art, hand, hands, heart, history, lamb, masonic symbol, mausoleum, medal of honor, ohio, photograph, sculpture, sundial, tombstone tales, union cemetery, willow, world war i on June 28, 2010| Leave a Comment »
I did this scavenger hunt that was posted to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits, although I didn’t get the post written before the deadline for the carnival itself. I twisted my ankle walking around Union Cemetery doing the carnival and then limped my way around Origins gaming convention for four days.
All scavenger hunt photos were taken this past Wednesday morning at Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. Below I’ve listed the scavenger hunt item and then a photo of the grave marker that fulfilled that requirement.
Cross – The Birk monument culminates in a cross.
Heart – This very worn marker for a baby named Paul is heart-shaped. I can’t even make out his surname.
Fraternal symbol – For the fraternal symbol, we have the marker for Frank P. Walters, a Marine who served in the first World War and has a Masonic symbol on his tombstone.
Monument – This seemed so general that I decided to feature the Gaddis family marker. A metal sundial sits atop the center column.
Hand – The gravestone for Amanda Evans includes a single hand holding the stem of a flower.
Angel – The names of the two Cooper children are flanked by praying angels.
Bird – A bird, likely a dove, is carved into baby William Wiedemann’s tombstone.
Tree – A weeping willow grows on the tombstone of John Lisle, whose 1808 burial must have been one of the earliest in the graveyard, which was only founded two years before.
Obelisk – This obelisk memorializes the Lakin family.
Four-legged animal – The marker for little Mildred Ferguson, who sadly did not live to see her 2nd birthday, is topped by a lamb – a four-legged animal.
Photo – Dorothy Price Walsh’s tombstone preserves her likeness for us.
Military gravestone – For the military tombstone, I found the memorial for Medal of Honor recipient Joel Parsons, a Civil War veteran.