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Those Buried At Fort Ontario

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2014
1. Those Buried At Fort Ontario Marker
Inscription.
Although the majority of those buried in the post cemetery were enlisted men who died of sudden or protracted illness, several stones mark the graves of career retired soldiers, such as Sergeant John S. Trowell, who died later in life. The background information on the burials was gathered from the National Archives, military records, original documents, newspapers, and many other sources.

Historical research has tentatively indicated that the 12 gravestones marked “Unknown Soldier” represent the graves of soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Artillery Regiment who died defending Fort Ontario from British attack in 1814. This 1815 etching by Robert Havell is based on a drawing by British Royal Marine John Hewett sketched shortly after the battle.

Accidents and tragedy claimed the lives of many buried in the post cemetery. Lt. Basil Dunbar died from a bullet wound received in a duel in 1759. Privates James Brannighan and Patrick Callighan drowned in the harbor. In April 1937, Mrs. Celia Davis endured both the sudden death of her husband Private Henry P. Davis from a heart attack, and the death of her son William H. four days later. In 1857, retired soldier Joshua Hibbard was murdered with his own sword in his nearby farmhouse. His murderer was the only man ever hanged in Oswego County.
 
Location.
Those Buried At Fort Ontario Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2014
2. Those Buried At Fort Ontario Marker
43° 28.098′ N, 76° 30.349′ W. Marker is in Oswego, New York, in Oswego County. Marker is on E 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Fort Ontario Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Oswego NY 13126, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Post Cemetery (here, next to this marker); From the Hearth of America Come the Heart of America (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Patriots Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 12 Unknown Revolutionary Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); British Invasion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Ontario State Historic Site (about 300 feet away); Holocaust Survivors (about 400 feet away); African Troops at Fort Ontario (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oswego.
 
More about this marker. A map on the left side of the marker shows the original location of the Post Cemetery and the present location. Next to this is a detailed listing of those buried here.
A copy of the etching mentioned on the marker, Attack on Fort Oswego, Lake Ontario, N. America, May 6th, 1814, by John Hewitt, appears in the center of the marker.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Those Buried At Fort Ontario Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2014
3. Those Buried At Fort Ontario Marker
Fort Ontario Post Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2014
4. Fort Ontario Post Cemetery
Grave of an Unknown Soldier image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2014
5. Grave of an Unknown Soldier
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 2, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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