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Quincy in Adams County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Honoring Soldiers

Woodland Cemetery

Honoring Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 11, 2020
1. Honoring Soldiers Marker
Inscription - North Side of Monument

How sleep the brave, who sink to rest
By all their country's wishes blest!
When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallow'd mold,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
By fairy hands their knell is rung,
By forms unseen their dirge is sung,
There Honour comes, a pilgrim grey,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall awhile repair,
To dwell, a weeping hermit, there!

Ode Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746
English Poet - William Taylor Collins 1721-1759

By the time this Civil War monument was dedicated in 1867, at least 250 brave souls who had perished as a result of that conflict had been buried throughout Woodland Cemetery - so many that in 1868 the northwest edge of the cemetery was designated a United States Military Cemetery. In 1899, the U.S. Government purchased land near 38th and Maine in what was then Graceland Cemetery. Shortly thereafter, remains of 309 soldiers were moved to that site, which today
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is still known as Quincy National Cemetery. Many other Civil War veterans are buried in private family plots in Woodland Cemetery.

Notable among Civil War veterans buried in private plots in Woodland are two whose gravesites are frequently sought by visitors to the cemetery - Brig. General James D. Morgan and Corporal Martin Jones Hawkins.

Brig. General James D. Morgan
Block 11, Lot 60
1810 - 1896
Brig. General Morgan, an early Quincy pioneer who also fought in the Mexican War, volunteered in 1861 for the Civil War - with a broken leg - and served without furlough until the War ended. He participated in major campaigns including the Battle of Chickamauga and Sherman's March to the Sea. Morgan returned to Quincy, married in 1869, and became president of the Quincy Gas and Light Company.

Corporal Martin Jones Hawkins
Block 13, Lot 115
1830 - 1886
Corporal Hawkins, an Andrews' Raider with the Ohio infantry, was one of the recipients of the very first Congressional Medals of Honor given after Congress had approved awarding the Medal to soldiers. Hawkins accepted his Honor in September, 1863. The Citation read: "One of 19 of 22 men who, by direction of Gen. Mitchell, penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Ga., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between
Honoring Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 11, 2020
2. Honoring Soldiers Marker
Marker is the one on the right
Chattanooga and Atlanta." After the war, Hawkins resumed his career as train engineer and died in Quincy.
Erected by Woodland Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 39° 55.123′ N, 91° 24.705′ W. Marker is in Quincy, Illinois, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from South 5th Street south of Madison Street, on the right. Marker is located in Woodland Cemetery, in front of the Civil War monument. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1020 South 5th Street, Quincy IL 62301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Monument (here, next to this marker); John Wood 1798-1880 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Victorian Cemetery (about 500 feet away); His Friends Rest Here (about 500 feet away); Mississippian (approx. ¼ mile away); Woodland (approx. ¼ mile away); Marquette & Jolliet (approx. ¼ mile away); Quincy (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quincy.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 21, 2023