PVT Perry Coleman, “Son of Z. E. & A. B. Coleman”, Killed in Battle at Fair Oaks, Va. May 31, 1862 AE. 22 years.” Coleman was the first to enlist during the Civil War, and first from the town to be killed in battle.
The Battle of Seven Pines, also known as the Battle of Fair Oaks or Fair Oaks Station, took place on May 31 and June 1, 1862, in Henrico County, Virginia, as part of the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War. It was the culmination of an offensive up the Virginia Peninsula by Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, in which the Army of the Potomac reached the outskirts of Richmond. On May 31, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston attempted to overwhelm two Federal corps that appeared isolated south of the Chickahominy River. The Confederate assaults, although not...Read More
The Honorable William Pitkin III Governor of the Colony of Connecticut, 1766-1769 Abigail’s Grandfather, The Honorable William Pitkin III Governor of the Colony of Connecticut, 1766-1769 Born: April 30, 1694, Hartford, Connecticut Political Party: None Offices: Captain of the Trainband, East Society, 1730-1738 Major, 1st Regiment, 1738-1739 Colonel, 1st Regiment, 1739-1754 Deputy, Connecticut General Assembly, 1728-1734 Speaker, House of Representatives, 1732-1734 Council of Assistants, 1734-1754 Judge, Hartford County County...Read More
What a long winter!!!!! Even though we could not work outside, Beyond The Gravestone has been busy preparing for the season. Over the winter’s break we have attended a number of training sessions and cemetery related events. These include: Connecticut Gravestone Network’s Christmas Bazaar in December and Spring Symposium in March, the Connecticut Cemetery Association spring vendor show, and the International Cemetery Preservation Summit held in Niagara Falls New York in April. We are excited to get outside, meet some wonderful people, and help preserve some great pieces of...Read More
Will and I have spent our time these past few months working on a large restoration project headed by ” The Friends of Bedford Burying Grounds,” in Bedford, NY. Thus far, we have been commissioned to restore various stones in the Catholic, Buxton, Lounsbery, and Sarles cemeteries. Bedford, NY, has 30 cemeteries in all. CLARA STONE, BEFORE, BUXTON CEMETERY CLARA STONE, DURING, BUXTON CEMETERY CLARA STONE, DURING, BUXTON CEMETERY CLARA STONE, AFTER, BUXTON CEMETERY Article from the “Friends of the Bedford Burying...Read More
Spending the summer restoring and cleaning the family plot of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport, Rhode Island. Matthew Perry – Early Life & Career: Born at Newport, RI, on April 10, 1794, Matthew Calbraith Perry was the son of Captain Christopher Perry and Sarah Perry. In addition, he was the younger brother of Oliver Hazard Perry who would go on to earn fame at the Battle of Lake Erie. The son of a naval officer, Perry prepared for a similar career and received a warrant as a midshipman on January 16, 1809. A young man, he was assigned to the schooner...Read More