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Civil War soldiers' graves dedicated in St. Francois County

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(Source: Chris Warren) (Source: Chris Warren)
(Source: Chris Warren) (Source: Chris Warren)
(Source: Chris Warren) (Source: Chris Warren)

The graves of Civil War soldiers were dedicated on Saturday in St. Francois County, Missouri.

The dedication was for the graves of William G. Shumake, 2nd Mo. Cavalry, Company B and U.S. and William B. Myers, 144th Illinois Infantry, Company D - U.S.

The dedication ceremony by the Gen. James R. McCormick Camp 215 - Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and assisted by the Gen. Thomas C. Fletcher Camp 47 and Louisa Volker Auxilary 215 took place at the Hall Cemetery near French Village at 6 p.m.

According to Chris Warren, more than 50 spectators watched as soldiers and ladies in Civil War attire performed the ritual, which included the laying of grapvine and evergreen wreaths, red roses and an American flag placed on each of these soldiers' graves.  Warren, McCormick Camp Commander, led the ceremonies.  Also, local historian, Bob Schmidt, also briefly spoke on each of the two soldiers' Civil War military service.  

 

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