Does anyone care about the graves of Civil War veterans?
Folks in Brighton, Michigan do. Several news stories appeared today about how the Brighton Area Historical Society recently rebuilt a broken 500-pound headstone for a local Civil War soldier, and so a rededication will be held tomorrow for the Lt. Col. John Gilluly gravesite. One source is the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell (http://bit.ly/1vNQqNl). Public is invited to the Old Village Cemetery for the ceremony, to take place at 11:30 a.m.
Jim Vichich, president of the Historical Society, is quoting as saying it's important to "see and realize who the man was and what he gave his life for." The news reports say Gilluly was a teacher in Brighton and attended the University of Michigan to become an attorney, who volunteered during the Civil War and was killed in battle at Fredericksburg at age 38. The headstone marking his grave had broken into pieces and was sinking into the ground.
"It was disgraceful, disrespectful to our local hero who died," Vichich is also quoted as saying.