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Baxter B. Fite III (#47203738)
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Bio Photo April 2010. I am a soon to be 56 year old genealogist and historian that especially loves tracking down the Civil War Veterans who came from Central Illinois. My primary interest, since 1985, has been to find the last resting place of the 992 men who served in the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. I have traveled extensively to photograph the tombstones of veterans of the 86th, but, I have always been aware that I was never going to get pictures of all of their tombstones. But. then someone told me about Find A Grave. In the five months that I have been a member of Find A Grave, Thanks to the many wonderful people who use Find A Grave, I have seen pictures of tombstones of veterans of the 86th that I never dreamed that I would ever see pictures of. I can't begin to tell you how Thankful I am for all of the wonderful people that have helped me see pictures of those monuments to veterans who gave so much to preserve our union. I will forever be indebted to all of you. Thanks for all you have done!!
I am also trying to consolidate the Find A Graves sites for all of the 86th into Virtual Cemeteries. If you go to my Virtual Cemeteries you will find a number of ways that you can search for the veterans of the 86th. I hope all with an interest will learn more about the 86th and the men who served in her in this way.

P.S. As of December of 2013, I have found the final burial site of all by 89 members of the 86th. I could use any and all help in finding out about these last 89 men.

September 2011. Through the years, there has been a poem which explains why I have been doing what I have been doing. It is one of my favorite poems and I have read it countless times at Memorial Day service and Veteran's Day services. It is now our job to not let people forget "our Boys in Blue."

"When the Boys in Blue Are Gone" by John Hendricks

When the comrades have departed,
When the veterans are no more,
When the bugle call is sounded
On that everlasting shore.
When life's weary march is ended,
When campfires slumber long;
Who will tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone?

Who will tell about their marching,
From Atlanta to the Sea?
Who will halt, and wait, and listen,
When they hear the reveille?
Who will join to swell the chorus,
Of some old, Grand Army song?
Who will tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone?

Sons and daughters of this nation,
You must tell of triumphs won;
When on earth our work is ended,
And the Veteran claims his own.
You must all cherish Old Glory,
And its teachings pass along.
You must tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone.

To that flag, our country's emblem,
You must pledge allegiance, too.
To that flag, our nation's emblem,
May your hearts be ever true.
That the nation be protected,
'Gainst injustice, and all wrong;
You must tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone.

You must keep your country's honor,
From each stripe withhold all stain;
You must take the Veteran's places,
And repeat the roll of fame.
You must keep your country's honor,
And your flag above all wrong,
Then we'll trust you with the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone.

John Hendricks was the last living Veteran of the 89th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The poem expresses his concern that the Union Soldiers,
the "Boys in Blue", not be forgotten by future generations. And since 1985, I have been trying tel tell their story and will continue to tell their story until the day I die.

I have walked through hundreds of cemeteries in my first 57 years and hope the Lord allows me to walk though a few more. It saddens me to think that most of these people have been forgotten about by too many of us. Ben Franklin once said, "One can tell the morals of a culture by the way they treat their dead." I have walked through many a cemetery over the years where it truthfully doesn't look like we remember or care for our dead at all. The Old Methodist Church Cemetery in Eureka, where Private John Adams, of Co. A, is buried, and the plowed over cemeteries or overgrown cemeteries that I have seen and walked through are examples of this.


Wandering among the stones I see
The stones so weathered and worn
‘Tis difficult to find the date
On which the babe was born

I stare at the stone and am struck with awe
At the life that I knew was gone
This was someone's child, a babe so sweet
With loved ones to carry on

So I take a photo for all to see
For the family that remains
An everlasting memory of
A child of God's domain

I brush the weeds back from the stone
And say a silent prayer
For the babes that had no chance to live
And for mothers everywhere

The dove calls out it's mourning song
Among the stones so still
Echoes of the woes, through time
The choirs of despair

The stone will someday perish
The flowers will be gone
But a photo now remains of this
Their memory lives on!

And so my friend, don't hesitate
To film the weathered stone
Those who live within your hearts
Are never truly gone.

Author Unknown

I just want to Thank the creators of Find A Grave for creating this site. It has been a wonderful place for me to leave some of the information that I have accumulated over the past 26 years about the 86th "Boys in Blue." I also again want to Thank all of the photographer volunteers who have taken their time to search out and to photograph so many tombstones of 86th veterans, that I KNEW, that I was NEVER going to see in person and that I was NEVER EVER even going to see a picture of. Thanks for getting those pictures for me and for all who have an interest in them in the future. It is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!



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I have transferred Anna E. "Annie" Krisher Kimzey to you.
Added by Satter3380 on Nov 24, 2014 9:14 AM
Almena King in Ferncliff
Sec D Lot 125
Hubert Pontius d1943
Robert King d1917
Harriet King d1906
Margaret King d1886
Thomas King d1888
Almena Warrick d1941
George Warrick d1934
Warrick unknown date
Catherine Caldwell d1864
David King d1845
Lola King d1964
R Leffler King d1935
Almena King d1878
Mary King d1907
David King d1926
Belle King d1944
Noble King d1949
Elizabeth Brain d1986
Charles Brain d1965
Added by Christina on Nov 17, 2014 8:05 PM
Mary Gotwald in Ferncliff Cemetery
Sec D Lot 124
S Jennie King d1927
Robert Gotwald d1932
Mary Gotwald d1957
George Cummings d1969
Glenn Cummings d1951
Almena Cummings d1962
Charles Young d1942
Mary Young d1966
William Gotwald d1932
Julia Gotwald d1927
David Gotwald d1924
Almena King d 1878
Mary Pontius d1960
Luther Gotwald d1900
Mary Gotwald d1919
Charles Gotwald d1875
Luther Gotwald d1881
William Gotwald d1888

Added by Christina on Nov 16, 2014 5:13 PM
Dan Ryan
RE: Barrick Family in Springdale
You're welcome, always glad to help you out.
Had a little trouble locating John & Katherine, after following the map it led me to George W. Barrick 1849-1931, & Emarine V. 1850-1928. Might try to take a run out there & give it another look.
Could these two be family?
Dan R.
Added by Dan Ryan on Nov 16, 2014 6:55 AM
Dan Ryan
Photo Request
It seems Jack ended up being buried with his dad as per Springdale. Here is part of the email:
Jack Barrick (1917 – DOD 11/28/1917) He was only 10 days old when he died. When he died, he was buried in North Hill, Section 3, Lot 1349.
When John M. Barrick, Jr., died (DOD 4/19/1930) He was 40 yrs., 8 mo., & 27 days old. He was buried in Hillcrest, Section E, Lot 4851, Grave 1. (At this time, Jack Barrick (DOD 1917) was moved from the North Hill location to be in the same grave as John M. Barrick, Jr

Dan R.
Added by Dan Ryan on Nov 15, 2014 8:27 PM
RE: Benda Hindbaugh, Elmwood Cemetery
I added a photo today, about where I think Section F Plot 71 is located. I used a small shepherd hook with a yellow butterfly attached, I borrowed it from another gave,(which I put back after I took the photo) In this section of F there are a lot of single burials and unmarked graves..
I saw the newspaper clipping you added, at least there is something to show she lived, even if she doesn't have a marker...
Mexico, MO
Added by Marty on Nov 10, 2014 4:39 PM
Dan Ryan
RE: Kate Poppen & Helena Barrick
Hello Baxter,
It's been too long since I last had contact with you, hope all is well.
The rest of the "Poppen" requests are inside the mausoleum so I will get them in the A.M.

Take care,
Dan R.
Added by Dan Ryan on Nov 08, 2014 5:38 PM
RE: Benda Hindbaugh, Elmwood Cemetery
I will go out Monday and take a photo of the area she is buried in.. I just live a mile from the cemetery...
Mexico, MO
Added by Marty on Nov 08, 2014 10:16 AM
Michael Curry
RE: Jacob Sarver, Co C, 86th Illinois
You are welcome for everything.
Added by Michael Curry on Oct 31, 2014 6:49 AM
Samuel Dunawain, Co. B, 85th Illinois
Thanks Baxter, Wow, nothing short of a miracle. Thanks for sharing this fascinating story. All is well, Mom and I just read "Killer Angels" about the Battle of Gettysburg. Mom would like nothing better than to be able to give Robert E. Lee a piece of her mind!
Thanks again!
Added by Debra on Oct 27, 2014 1:16 PM
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