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Virtual Cemetery Page 40

The Final Resting Places of 23rd PA Soldiers
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The Grave of Rufis McGuire. On June 23, 1972 the town of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania was one of many devastated by flood waters from the Susquehanna River as a result of Hurricane Agnes. Forty Fort Cemetery was dealt a disconcerting and irreparable blow for which the monument pictured above affirms. I walked the full grounds of what remains and spoke with the grounds keeper regarding Rufus McGuire's grave. He informed me that most of the cemetery's registries were also lost or destroyed during the catastrophic event of '72.Over Four Acres of the cemetery were washed downstream, graves and all. My sorrow for such an unprecedented loss beyond the death of this American Patriot cannot be expressed in words. My sincerest condolences are with any remaining family or loved ones.
The Grave of Theodore Stout. On June 23, 1972 the town of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania was one of many devastated by flood waters from the Susquehanna River as a result of Hurricane Agnes. Forty Fort Cemetery was dealt a disconcerting and irreparable blow for which the monument pictured above affirms. I walked the full grounds of what remains and spoke with the grounds keeper regarding Theodore Stout's grave. He informed me that most of the cemetery's registries were also lost or destroyed during the catastrophic event of '72.Over Four Acres of the cemetery were washed downstream, graves and all. My sorrow for such an unprecedented loss beyond the death of this American Patriot cannot be expressed in words. My sincerest condolences are with any remaining family or loved ones.
The Grave of Corporal Solomon Forbaugh Company A , 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known by their nickname, “Birney’s Zouaves”. He was born in Philadelphia in 1836. He enlisted into the 23rd Pennsylvania at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia on August 8th 1861. On September 8th 1861, he moved with the Regiment to Washington D.C, where he was encamped just three miles north of the Capitol on “The Queen’s Farm” at Camp Graham . He was there with the Regiment during the cold winter months and in December of 1861; Typhoid Fever broke out within the Camp which resulted in the Death of Fifty-One men of the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. It was decided on March 12th 1862 to move the camp to higher ground in Bladensburg, Maryland to rid the epidemic and ready the Soldiers for campaign. The 23rd Pennsylvania moved to Bladensburg and were encamped at Camp Clark .He was Killed at The Battle of Fair Oaks Virginia on May 31st 1862, near Richmond. He is buried at Seven Pines National Cemetery in Sanston,Virginia in Section A, Lot 366, Grave 1 not far and just to the right of the flagpole.

You can view a Photo of Solomon Forebaugh on Page 17 of the 23rd Pennsylvania, Original Photos pages as well as the Fair Oaks page.

You can view the Obituary of Solomon Forebaugh on Page 12 of the 23rd Pennsylvania, Obituaries pages.

The Grave of Pvt. William H. Keesey of Company F, 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. William H. Keesey was born March 31, 1838 in Philadelphia, Pa where he spent all of his life save the last ten years which he with his son, Rev. W. R. Keesey, new pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church in Elmore. His life has been on of faithful industry and loyal friendship. In 1861 he enlisted in at the country's call as a volunteer in the Union army becoming a member of the 23rd Penn. Volunteer Infantry,Company F,"Birney's Zouaves".. He served his country faithful until honorably discharged in 1864. He fought with the army of the Potomac at The Battle of Gettysburg and some of the bloodiest battles of the war. He never flinched from duty but was ever for the conflict. In camp and on battle field he always enjoyed the esteem of his comrades in arms. On August 10th, 1866 he was married to Josephine M. Ruth. His married life has been one of great happiness, and of this union were born three children only one of whom now live, Rev. W. R. Keesey. In January 1891 he became converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church of which he has been a faithful and loyal member since. On the evening of his conversion he wrote in the family Bible "Jan. 21, 1891 I first saw the spiritual light, I was born in the Kingdom of God." When suddenly called on Good Friday, March 28, 1902, he was ready, for his faith had been unfaltering and his devotion to his master unquestioned. The past three years have been spent with his son in Elmore; during this period he had endeared himself to the people particularly the children and young people. He had served as janitor at the school and no man was more beloved by the young. One of the pathetic things at the funeral was the throng of boys and girls passing his casket and each dropping a tiny bouquet of flowers. His death came upon return from his duties but with a few moments . The funeral services were conducted by Presiding Elder F. H. White and were attended by a very large congregation. The altar and platform draped in white most beautifully, and the large number of flowers attest the profound sympathy of the people with their pastor an his mother and family in their bereavement. Members of the G.A.R. served as pall bearers and attended their comrade to his last resting place. Mr. Keesey leaves his wife of his years to mourn his loss and his son with his family. Tribute of Respect

Whereas, Almighty God, in his infinite wisdom has removed from our midst our much esteemed friend William H Keesey, and Whereas, it is our sincere desire to show some token of love to the memory of our dear friend. Therefore be it Resolved, that in the death of William H Keesey our school recognize the hand of Him who is too great to err and too good

to be unkind. Resolved, That the teachers and pupils in the Elmore Schools deeply lament his ??? as a beloved friend. Resolved, that we tender our heartfelt sympathies to his bereaved friends, trusting that he is sweetly at rest. Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family and that they be published to the Elmore Eye.

Mae Farr. Louise Campbell Joseph O. Maland Harry Abbott Walter Halee

He is buried at Riverview Cemetery Elmore Faribault County Minnesota

The Grave of Pvt John D. Berg Company A, 23rd Pennsylvania. He was also a member of the 82nd Pennsylvania,Company H . He is buried in Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading,PA in Lot G.




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