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Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

Fairview Cemetery

 
 
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By Sharon McClellan, April 2016
1. South Tablet Close-Up
Inscription. Died For Their Country

(South face)
(Top Center Column) Capt. Henry Wayne • Capt. T. L. McGlathery • Capt. P. T. Keys
(Left Column) Lieut. Geo. W. Burley • Lieut. P. Morris • J. Kelly • G. R. Everson • Jr. • G. M. Loudon • J. S. McLaughlin • E. J. Burley • D. Foust • L. M. Beals • J. C. Bowers • I. Hill • J. McLaughlin • J. Bush

(Right Column) Lieut. S. C. Potts • Lieut. R. J. Clarke • I. Markley • G. Williams • B. F. Tipton • F. Hench • G. G. Kress • F. C. Ward • J. T. Moore • W. H. Wilgis • M. A. Riggle • S. B. Stewart • W. J. Reid

(East face)
(Left Column) Jas. Maxwell • W. Bottenberg • W. H. Buck • J. B. Arble • T. G. Arble • J. Meloy • J. Maurer • W. Walker • D. D. Webber • D. M. Burkholder • W. Haggerty • J. R. Morrow • J. Aurandt • G. R. Daugherty

(Right Column) W. Moore • G. B. Gates • H. Burkholder • S. F. Stevens • A. Fry • J. Fry • L. Valentine • J. D. Hagerty • D. W. Oswalt • S. L. Hoar • F. Wentzell • D. Ragan • T. T. McClain • H. Kentner

(West face)
(Left Column) J. E. Davis • L. Davis • L. Mabus • A. C. Gwin • H. Bartlebaugh • J. B. Brown • L. Fleck • L. Fry • W. Boyles • H. G. Buel • D. Kounsman • S. Kounsman • J. A. Boyles • D. Coho

(Right Column) J. R. Morgan • J. M. Knox • W. F. Knox • J. Hurley • W. Weirbaugh
East Tablet Close-Up image. Click for full size.
By Sharon McClellan, April 2016
2. East Tablet Close-Up
• J. A. Brown • J. S. Hamilton • J. C. Morrow • E. Evers • R. P. Engles • J. Allison • J. B. Kinsel • J. L. Kinsel
 
Erected 1867.
 
Location. 40° 31.394′ N, 78° 24.144′ W. Marker is in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in Blair County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 18th Avenue and 8th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Altoona PA 16601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Isaac Charles Mishler (approx. half a mile away); Memorial Projectile (approx. half a mile away); Logan House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Altoona Works (approx. 0.7 miles away); PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 (approx. 0.7 miles away); PRR Class N5 Cabin Car (or Caboose) No. 477577 (approx. 0.7 miles away); PRR Class X29L Steel Boxcar No. 2136 (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Posy Gang (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Altoona.
 
More about this marker. Underlaid with spears and encircled with laurel, a shield on the west side of the spire is inscribed "DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY." The names of Civil War soldiers from Altoona and vicinty who made the supreme sacrifice are engraved on three tablets at mid-height on the
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3. West Tablet Close-Up
Monument. A marble plaque on the south face of the base describes the circumstances of the Monument's origination. There are no inscriptions on the north side of the Monument.

Within a short span of time, Blair County was cleaved from Huntingdon and Bedford Counties (1846), Altoona was incorporated as a borough (1854), and Fairview Cemetery was founded on March 14, 1857. Not long thereafter, the Civil War began, and the cost of the war came home to Fairview Cemetery.

The highest point in the Cemetery was designated in 1862 as a Soldiers’ Circle, and lots were to be donated to any veteran. After a regiment well-populated with Blair Countians, the 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, fell into fierce combat at the Battle of Antietam, the body of Corporal John A Kelly was brought home by his father and laid to rest on the Inner Circle on Sunday, September 28, 1862.

Joseph S McLaughlin of the 125th PA and George R. Everson, Jr., of the 8th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry (37th Pennsylvania Regiment) returned from the War to Fairview in December 1862. There are multiple and conflicting reports about the actual order of burials and who remains buried on the Inner Circle.

An excerpt from the Altoona Mirror, Saturday, February 25, 1961, describes the orign of the Circle and its Monument:

"The memorial plot was instituted at a meeting
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By Donald E Coho, circa 2012
4. South Base Dedicatory Plaque
Erected and Dedicated July 4th, 1867 By the citizens of Altoona & Logan Township Under the supervision of the following gentlemen Comprising the Monument Association A. H. Maxwell, M. Clabaugh, J. Lowther A. A. Smythe, B.F. Rose, W.R. Findley W. Boyden, E.B. McCrum, J. M. Gemmill W. A. Maloney, H. B. Huff
held by the directors of the Fairview Cemetery Association on Monday evening, September 22, 1862, when the following resolution was unanimously adopted.

'Resolved, that the circle plot in the [Fairview] Cemetery be appropriated for the purpose of interring all soldiers of this borough and immediate vicinity who have died or may die during this rebellion.

The following committee has been appointed to wait on the relatives and friends of all deceased soldiers to inform them of the above resolution and request them to accept of the proposition: A.A. Smyth, Daniel Langham and G.W. Kessler.'

It was not until 1866 that a Soldiers Monument Association was formed and chartered in the Blair County courts. It is a matter of record that within four days after the charter was received the total amount of $ 4,000, the cost of constructing the monument, had been received through popular subscription.

The contract for the construction of the monument was let to John Baird of Philadelphia who erected the granite base and the Italian marble column of the monument. The work was completed before July 4, 1867, but it was not until this date that the appropriate dedication ceremonies were held. At the time of the dedication more than a score of soldiers had been interred in the burial plot."
 
Regarding Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.
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By Donald E Coho, April 14, 2016
5. Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
Details of service
Rank/Name • Service • Date of Death • Circumstances
Capt Henry Wayne • Co. B. 3rd Pa. Inf. • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 10/22/1862 • KIA at Pocotaligo S.C.
Capt Thomas L. McGlathery • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 1/15/1865 • KIA at Fort Fisher N.C.
Capt Patrick Keyes • Co. D. 16th U.S. Inf. • 5/3/1863 • Died of Wounds Pittsburgh Landing
1st Lt George W. Burley • Co. D. 3rd Pa. Vol. • Co. C. 110th Pa. Inf • 6/26/1862 • Died of Disease
Lt Patrick Morris • Co. M. 62nd Pa. Vol. • 7/11/1863 • Died of Wounds at Gettysburg Pa.
Lieut. Steven C. Potts • Co. M. 62nd Pa. Inf. • Co. H. 3rd Pa. Inf. • 12/14/1862 • Died of wounds at Fredericksburg Va.
1st Lt Robert J. Clarke • Co. F. 31st Pa. Inf. • 6/9/1864 • KIA at Wilderness Va.
Corp John Kelly • Co. D. 125th Pa. Inf. • 9/17/1862 • KIA at Antietam Md.
Pvt George R. Everson Jr. • Co. B. 37th Pa. Inf. • 9/14/1862 • KIA at South Mountain Md.
Pvt George M. Loudon • Co. K. 125th Pa. Inf. • 12/25/1862 • Died at Harpers Ferry Md.
Pvt Joseph S. McLaughlin • Co. D. 125th Pa. Inf. • 9/17/1862 • KIA at Antietam Md.
Pvt Emanuel J.Burley • Co. D. 125th Pa. Inf. • 9/17/1862 • KIA at Antietam Md..
Pvt Daniel Foust • Co. D. 205th Pa. Inf. • 4/14/1865 • Died at Phila. 4/14/1865 of Wounds received 4/2/1865 at Petersburg Va.
Pvt Lemuel Beals • Co. C. 46th Pa. Inf. • Co. D. 13th
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Pa. Cav. • 10/14/1864 • Died at City Point Va.
Cpl John C. Bowers • Co. C. 46th Pa. Mil. • Co. D. 184th Pa. Inf. • 7/18/1864 • Died of wound rec'd 6/3/1864 at Cold Harbor
Pvt Isaac Hill • Co. F. 135th Pa. Inf. • 4/9/1863 • Wounded in Action
Cpl John McLaughlin • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf • 6/12/1863 • Wounded at Hilton Head N.C.
Cpl Joseph Bush • Co. F. 2nd Pa. Cav. • 11/29/1864 • Fairview Cemetery Altoona Pa.
Pvt Isaac Markley • Co. D. 125th Pa. Inf. • 9/17/1862 • KIA at Antietam Md.
Smn Gains Williams • U.S. Navy • 5/1865 • Fairview Cemetery Altoona Pa.
Pvt Benjamin F. Tipton • Co. E. 12th Pa. VRC. • 5/1864 • Fredericksburg National Cemetery Va.
Pvt Frederick Hench • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 10/31/1862 • Died at Hilton Head S.C.
Sgt George G. Kress • Co. M. 62nd Pa. Inf. • Co. H. 3rd Pa. Inf. • 5/8/1864 • KIA at Wilderness Va.
Pvt Frederick C. Ward • Co. K. 125th Pa. Inf • 9/19/1862 • Died of Wounds at Antietam Md.
Sgt James T. Moore • Co. E. 3rd Pa. Inf. • Co. F. 31st Pa. Inf. • Co. A. 191st Pa.Inf. • Abt.1865 • Died After The War Ended
Sgt William H. Wilgis • Co. F. 31st Pa. Inf. • 11/15/1862 • Documented as Died
Pvt Martin A. Riggle • Co. F. 31st Pa. Inf. • 8/19/1863 • Died of Wounds from Gettysburg Pa.
Pvt Samuel B. Stewart • Co. F. 31st Pa. Inf. • 7/3/1863 • KIA Gbg and buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery Pa.
Pvt William
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J. Reid • Co. F. 31st Pa. Inf. • Co. A. 191st Pa. Inf. • 2/16/1865 • Died at Salisbury N.C.
Pvt James H Maxwell • Co. A. 72th Pa. Inf. • 5/16/1866 • Died After The War Ended
Pvt William Bottenberg • Ind. Cav. Pa. Mil. • Co. D. 13th Pa. Cav. • 11/1/1864 • Annapolis National Cemetery Md.
Corp William H. Buck • Co. E. 45th Pa. Inf. • KIA Wilderness 5/6/1864 • Fredericksburg National Cemetery Va.
Pvt Thomas G. Arble • Co. B. 13th Pa. Cav. • Co. K. 125th Pa. Inf. • 5/26/1864 • Died Andersonville Prison Ga.
Pvt James Bostridge Arble • Co. A.& D. 84th Pa. Inf. • 6/11/1862 • Port Republic, Rockingham Va. Reg. Hosp.
Pvt James Meloy • Co. D. 184th Pa. Inf. • 6/22/1864 • Died at Andersonville Prison Ga.
Pvt Joseph Maurer • Co. K. 125th Pa. Inf • 7/3/1864 • Hampton National Cemetery Va.
Pvt William Walker • Co. D. 184th Pa. Inf. • 6/17/1864 • KIA near Petersburg Va.
Cpl Daniel Webber • Co. D. 184th Pa. Inf. • 8/1/1864 • Died of Wounds at Cold Harbor Va.
Pvt David M. Burkholder • Co. D. 184th Pa. Inf. • 6/19/1864 • Died 6/19/1864 of Wounds rec'd in action 6/12/1864
Pvt William Haggerty • Co. D. 184th Pa. Inf. • Died 7/14/1864 of Wounds rec'd 6/3/1864 at Cold Harbor Va.
Pvt John R. Morrow • Co. D. 184th Pa. Inf. • Died 6/21/1864 of Wounds rec'd 6/1/1864 at Cold Harbor Va.
Pvt John Aurandt • Co. D. 184th Pa. Inf. • Captured 6/22/1864 • Died
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8. Adornments on south face of spire.
11/6/1864 at Andersonville Prison Ga.
Pvt George R. Daugherty • Co. D. 184th Pa. Inf. • 9/4/1864 • Died Andersonvillle Prison Ga.
Pvt William Moore • Co. D. 184th Pa. Inf. • 10/31/1864 • Died at Andersonville Prison Ga.
Pvt Gilbert B. Gates • Co. D. 115th Pa. Inf. • KIA 5/3/1865 at Chancellorsville Va.
Pvt Henry Burkholder • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 8/23/1862 • Died at Hilton Head S.C.
Pvt Samuel Finley Stevens • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 7/11/1863 • KIA at Fort Wagner S.C
Pvt Adam Fry • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 10/22/1862 • KIA at Pocotaligo S.C.
Pvt John L. Fry • Co. G. 12th Pa. Cav. • 2/7/1865 • Died at Charlestown Va.
Pvt Levi Valentine • Co. G. 12th Pa. Cav • 10/5/1862 • Asbury Cemetery Altoona Pa.
Pvt Joseph D. Hagerty • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 7/9/1864 • KIA near Ft. Stedman Petersburg VA.
Pvt David W. Oswalt • Co. D. 125th Pa. Inf. • 5/3/1863 • KIA at Chancellorsville Va.
Corp Samuel L. Hoar • Co. C. 19th Pa. Cav. • 11/11/1865 • Died at Monroe Lousiana
Pvt Frederick Wentzel • Co. M. 62nd Pa. Inf. • 7/12/1864 • St. Patricks Cemetery Newry Pa.
Pvt Daniel Ragan • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • Died 7/11/1862 at Hilton Head S.C.
Theodore T. McClain • Co. E. 12th Pa. Cav. Died 9/8/1864 and buried at Andersonville
Pvt Henry T. Kentner • Co. D. 13th Pa. Cav. • 1865 • KIA at Wilmington Battlefield N.C.
Pvt John E. Davis • Co. D. 125th
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9. The eagle stands guard over the memory of those who gave 'the last full measure of devotion.'
Pa. Inf. • 9/17/1862 • KIA at Antietam Md.
Pvt Leonard Davis • Co. D. 125th Pa. Inf. • 4/21/1863 • Died at Acquia Creek Va.
Pvt Leonard Mabus • Co. K. 125th Pa. Inf. • 10/21/1862 • Died near Maryland Heights Md.
Sgt Alexander C. Gwin • Co. B. 3rd Pa. Inf. • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • KIA 7/18/1863 at Fort Wagner S.C.
Pvt Henry Bartlebaugh • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf • 6/29/1864 • Died of wounds at Hampton Va.
Pvt James B. Brown • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 6/6/1864 • KIA at Cold Harbor Va.
Pvt Luther Fleck • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf • 6/17/1864 • Died of Wounds at Hampton Va.
Pvt Levi Fry • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 7/11/1863 • KIA at Fort Wagner S.C.
Pvt William Boyles • Co. B. 3rd Pa. Inf. • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 10/22/1862 • KIA at Pocotaligo S.C.
Pvt Henry Buel • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 7/11/1863 • KIA at Fort Wagner S.C.
Pvt David Kounsman • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 7/11/1863 • KIA at Fort Wagner S.C.
Pvt Samuel Kounsman • Co. F. 76th Pa Inf. • 7/11/1863 • KIA at Fort Wagner S.C.
Sgt John A. Boyles • Co. B. 3rd Pa. Inf. • 7/20/1863 • Died at Charleston S.C.
Pvt David Coho • Co. B. 3rd Pa. Inf. • 11/25/1861 • Died of Dysentery
Pvt John R. Morgan • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 7/11/1863 • KIA at Fort Wagner S.C.
Mus John M. Knox • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf • 7/28/1862 • KIA at Cold Harbor Va.
Pvt William T. Knox • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 7/28/1864 • KIA at Hilton Head S.C.
Pvt John Hurley • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 11/30/1861 • Died at Fortress Monroe Va.
Pvt William Weirbaugh • Co. F .76th Pa. Inf. • 10/18/1864 • Died at Portsmouth Grove R.I.
Pvt John. A. Brown • Co. D. 125th Pa. Inf. • 9/17/1862 • KIA at Antietam Md.
Pvt Joseph Smith Hamilton • Co. H. 110th Pa. Inf. • 6/10/1863 • Died of Wounds at Chancellorsville Va.
Sgt/Maj John C. Morrow • F&S. 101st Pa. Inf. • 10/31/1864 • Died & buried at Andersonville Prison Ga.
Pvt Edward Evers • Co. E. 8th Pa. Res. Inf. (37th Reg.) • 11/8/1861 • Died at Camp Pierpoint Va.
Pvt Robert P. Engles • Co. K. 125th Pa. Inf. • 4/28/1863 • Died at Washington D.C.
Pvt James Allison • Co. I. 55th Pa. Inf. • 12/5/1864 • Died at Charleston S.C.
Pvt Jonathon L. Kinsel • Co. F. 76th Pa. Inf. • 7/11/1863 • KIA at Fort Wagner S.C.
Sgt Jacob B. Kinsell • Co. D. 11th Pa. Res. (40th Reg.) • 1/20/1863 • Died of wounds at Fredericksburg Va.
 
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