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The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle – Photographs 15 – 23

Posted By on March 13, 2014

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Today’s post on the Shamokin Cemetery’s Soldiers’ Circle features nine graves in the outer circle, first quadrant, beginning at the tenth stone from the path.  The photographs are numbered 15 through 23.  Unfortunately, like those in photographs 6 through 14, most of the grave sites have stones that are unreadable due to severe weathering.  It is believed that this is part of the first group of burials in the circle and that some of the soldiers may been re-interred here when the memorial was created, and therefore the burials are not necessarily in the order of death.  For each of the veterans, the best determination of the name is given and where possible some information about the military record.  Some errors may be noted where the information on the stone may not match other records.  Each grave photograph may be enlarged by clicking on it, and in some cases, readers may be able to identify or clarify some of the unknown information.  Comments can be added to this post or sent by e-mail to the Civil War Research Project.  The collected information on soldiers buried in the circle (including some military records, pension files, photographs, etc.) is available free-of-charge to veterans organizations, historical societies, and other non-profit groups.  Inquiries may be sent by e-mail or by regular mail, to the attention of Norman Gasbarro, P.O. Box 523, Gratz, PA  17030.

For all four quadrants of the map, click here.

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#15 – Government Issue Stone – Unreadable

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Badly worn and unreadable, this government issue stone is in the same style as ones found in national cemeteries.  It most likely once had the name of the veteran, his company, and regiment.

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#16 – Government Issue Stone – Unreadable

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Also badly worn and unreadable, this government issue stone is in the same style as ones found in national cemeteries.  It most likely once had the name of the veteran, his company, and regiment.

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#17 – Government Issue Stone – Unreadable

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Badly worn and unreadable, this government issue stone is in the same style as ones found in national cemeteries.  It most likely once had the name of the veteran, his company, and regiment.

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#18 – Government Issue Stone – Unreadable

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Badly worn and unreadable, this government issue stone is in the same style as ones found in national cemeteries.  It most likely once had the name of the veteran, his company, and regiment.

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#19 – Government Issue Stone – Unreadable

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Badly worn and unreadable, this government issue stone is in the same style as ones found in national cemeteries.  It most likely once had the name of the veteran, his company, and regiment.  It is also partially sunken, and a few of the letters on it may be decipherable upon close examination.

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#20 – Christopher Alderson

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Although this stone is sunken in the ground and partially unreadable, it is clearly the grave of Christopher Alderson.  The regiment noted is the 36th Pennsylvania Infantry, but no records exist for a soldier of that name in that regiment.  Instead, there is a Christoper Alderson who served in the 56th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private.  Other that the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Index Card which notes that Christopher was 44 years old at the time of enlistment (born about 1817), that he was a resident of Shamokin, and was a miner, no other personal information is given.  There are no muster in or muster out dates noted on the card and he cannot be found on either roll.  Unfortunately, Christopher died at Acquia Creek, April 1862.  He was probably re-interred in the Shamokin Cemetery well after his death, because the Soldiers’ Circle was created years after the war.

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#21 – Henry Allison

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While this is clearly the grave marker of Henry Allison, the other information on the stone has not been helpful in determining much else about him.  Does the stone read “26th Pennsylvania Infantry” or “28th Pennsylvania Infantry?”  More info is sought!

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#22 – Government Issue Stone – Unreadable

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Badly worn and unreadable, this government issue stone is in the same style as ones found in national cemeteries.  It most likely once had the name of the veteran, his company, and regiment. The stone also contains some pitting.

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#23 – UNKNOWN

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This is still another “Unknown” soldier with a grave marker in the same style as those previously reported in the picture grouping numbered 6 through 14.

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For all posts in this series, click on ShamokinSoldCircle.


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