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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.
Baxter

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 Wiley 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. And speaking of Private John Wiley Adams, take a few moments and read about the terrible way his grave and the graves of the other people buried there have been treated.

THE CEMETERY PHOTOGRAPHER

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!!

A PROUD MEMBER OF ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE,

Baxter

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Romper90069
Minrva Ann Simcox
She is buried next to a Minerva Ann Ferrell, I assume her daughter? I posted photos to her memorial as well. James
Added by Romper90069 on Jun 17, 2016 5:32 PM
Jim Seger
Peter P Scott-Lafayette Cemetery
Baxter, I have a few additional pictures of the family plots that may or may not interest you. Looking at your intent, probably not. On the backside of Peter's headstone is a family names Peter and Nellie Bouslog, husband and wife. Not sure what the relationship is to Peter.

Let me know if you have any interest in these photos. I was up shooting picts of my family in the cemetery and tried to fulfill several photo request on FindAGrave.

Jim
Added by Jim Seger on Jun 14, 2016 10:43 AM
Dixie Armstrong
RE: Charles W. Foote, Co. A, 86th Illinois
We do not want family photograph on the war memorial.

Thanks
Dixie
Added by Dixie Armstrong on Jun 13, 2016 5:51 AM
David Crombie
86th Reg Ill Vol Infantry
Charles Wesley McKown, co F, 86th Reg Ill Vol Inf was my gt grandfather. Your Find a Grave entry for him, and the research with his obit is excellent. I knew this info, but wanted to commend you for your efforts. Last summer we were in Atlanta and I had the opportunity to go to Kennesaw Mt Battlefield. The 86th was in the center of the "Dead Angle" going uphill to the Rebel lines. Gt grandpa survived to live many more years.
David Crombie
Added by David Crombie on Jun 10, 2016 7:18 PM
rhondabrent
Jane Foote
Jane Foote
b. 1837, d. 1911
Requested by Baxter B. Fite ...
Sep 03, 2011 Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Cincinnati
Appanoose County, IA
160 miles away Open [Claim] [Fulfill]
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Jane Does not have a Stone, her obit states she is buried next to her husband. I took a photo of the area next to her husbands grave stone. Do you wish this photo to be used to complete this request?
Please let me know. Rhonda
Added by rhondabrent on Jun 09, 2016 10:58 PM
Michelle Holt
Private Joel Darnell
Hi Baxter,

I live 45 minutes from the Blackfoot City Cemetery. (However, it takes this old lady another 30 minutes to scale the foothill whose top holds the cemetery!) As I told Fran Denny, Joel's headstone has not survived the decades. How unfortunate. I see you and Fran are Find A Grave friends. If you go to her page, you can read my overly abundant information!

Thanks for doing this project. It's a wonder any solider survived that war. Every bit of honor is so deserved.

Peace on this Memorial Day weekend.
Michelle
Added by Michelle Holt on May 29, 2016 11:41 AM
Kathie
a This @ StL Calvary
Hello,

I posted a picture for August This 1888 & 1898.

The 1888 August was 43 at death but the 1898 was less than a year.

And sadly on the 1937 August was marked.

Please see the caption.

Kathie
Added by Kathie on May 20, 2016 1:25 PM
Jerry W. Ferguson
RE: Brearley Cemetery
Do you know the wife's complete name? If so, that might be a clue. So, sorry, I couldn't locate the grave.
Added by Jerry W. Ferguson on May 20, 2016 11:25 AM
Maggie Mac
Thomas Photo
No, sorry at the St. Mary's/St. Patrick Cemetery in York PA.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1072867&CScn=st+mary&CScntry=4&CSst=40&CScnty=2307&
Added by Maggie Mac on May 20, 2016 7:29 AM
Maggie Mac
Thomas Photo request
Re your photo request. I just finished mowing this cemetery. It is the worse I have seen in terms of destroyed or toppled monuments. I have no idea whether it is due to vandalism, deer or topography. Unless someone does some major restoration the ability to locate, much less photograph this stone is unlikely. Sorry.
Added by Maggie Mac on May 19, 2016 6:27 AM
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