Today's Edition Local News Missouri News National News World Opinion Obits Sports GoMidMo Events Classifieds Jobs Newsletters Contests Search
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
story.lead_photo.caption Woodland and Old City Cemetery is located in the 1000 block of East McCarty Street in Jefferson City. Photo by News Tribune / News Tribune.

To ensure Civil War veterans buried at the Old City-Woodland Cemetery are not forgotten, the Jefferson City Cemetery Resources Board is accepting donations to purchase tombstones for more than a dozen Union veterans.

Of the 13 tombstones, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs approved five tombstones, and the Cemetery Resources Board recently applied for a tombstone for another veteran believed to be buried at the cemetery.

The board wants to purchase seven tombstones, which will cost approximately $5,250. The board received a $25 donation for the project and would need to fund $5,225.

Not only did the veterans make an "extraordinary contribution" to history, committee member Nancy Thompson last week, but the board doesn't want them to be lost to the past.

"I know that they're there and it's on (the) Find A Grave (website), but unless we put a tombstone there, 25 years from now, no one's going to know that they're there," she said. "Without a stone, people don't remember."

While the Cemetery Resources Board contacted local entities about partnering on the project, Thompson said, they have not received confirmation yet.

Those who want to make donations for the project can address the contribution to the Cemetery Resources Board, to the attention of Jefferson City Environmental Health Manager David Grellner. However, this contribution would not be eligible for a tax deduction, Thompson said.

Individuals who want a tax deduction can donate money to the Historic City of Jefferson, specifying the money is to go toward the Cemetery Resources Board's Civil War veterans project.

The Cemetery Resources Board hopes to hold a dedication ceremony for the project around Memorial Day.

The 13 Union veterans are Henry Carroll, James Monroe Jobe, Julius Caesar Jordan, Tillman Morse, Charles W. Thomas, Sylvester Gordon Emerson, Horace Alexander, Henry Bolton, Andreas Gundelfinger, Adam Hirsch, John Holmes, James Nelson and John F. Roesen.

COMMENTS - It looks like you're using Internet Explorer, which isn't compatible with our commenting system. You can join the discussion by using another browser, like Firefox or Google Chrome.
It looks like you're using Microsoft Edge. Our commenting system is more compatible with Firefox and Google Chrome.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT