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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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Richard Felshaw
RE: Elizabeth Bourland/Borland
Elizabeth has been a problem. The cemetery records indicate that her burial was in Prospect Hill, lot 50 in 1863. (She died 11 May 1863, 13 years old.) However, lot 50 is full of other people whose burial occurred after 1863. Even though the cemetery has no record, it is believed she was moved, possibly to the Bourland plot in South Bluff Division, sec. 4, lot 420. I have posted a photo on Elizabeth's entry of this Bourland plot for you. If you don't want that, I can delete it for you.
Added by Richard Felshaw on Apr 25, 2015 8:09 AM
david thomas
Asbury Clark Company F.
Baxter, Asbury Clark bio. can be found in Cutler's History, Reno County, part 10. There are some discrepencies in the book and what is on findagrave site. Let me know if you want me to continue to contact you when I find 86th Illinois in my searches.
Added by david thomas on Apr 23, 2015 5:14 PM
david thomas
Quartermaster Archibald Bracken
Baxter, You can find his bio. of his time in Kansas at Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, Pawnee County, part 2.
Added by david thomas on Apr 20, 2015 4:51 PM
Tracy Kyle
londstrom whitestone
Who is this headstone suppose to belong to? The reason why I am asking is because Mary Londstrom is on the back and praying hands on the front. It's right next to Christina Londstrom. Is this the right one?
Added by Tracy Kyle on Apr 17, 2015 3:21 PM
Lynn
Amos Q Wilson's wife
Wow, you have done a lot of work! Thank you! You will find that Eliza's last name is actually Geeslin, Larkin was also her father's name.
Added by Lynn on Apr 16, 2015 2:14 PM
david thomas
Major Orlando Fountain
Baxter, found him in William G. Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas" relating to his time and movements in that State. Go to Cutler's History, Nemaha County, part 12, if interested. Dave
Added by david thomas on Apr 15, 2015 11:05 PM
Carl H
William Arie
I took a front picture of the stone in the photo for William Arie, in the Westfall cemetery in Knox county, Illinois.

Unfortunately, I don't think it's his stone, looking at it up close revealed nothing making me think it was the right one.

I'm not sure what the original photo taker was thinking when assigning it to William.

It's certainly the same headstone, the side view matched up perfectly on site.

Added by Carl H on Apr 13, 2015 11:23 PM
Brenda
RE: Jasper Newton Dinsomore
I have so many photos of the Dinsmore/Densmore's that I can't be sure if I do or not have a photo of him. Right now am in the middle of major renovation so don't have time to look. But if in about 6 months you remind me I will dig them the photos that is out and see.
Added by Brenda on Apr 09, 2015 3:59 PM
Laurie Angel
RE: Sunnyside Cemetery
I noticed your virtual cemeteries. I have many for various surnames. Didn't know they created a search capability in findagrave. Good to know. Thank you kind sir.

Laurie
Added by Laurie Angel on Apr 08, 2015 6:15 PM
Laurie Angel
Sunnyside Cemetery
I did a google search for Sunnyside Cemetery in Long Beach CA civil war and I found a findagrave list that came up with that designation. I noticed your name associated with one of the memorials. Did you set up the designation of civil war so they a specific list would come up? I didn't know there was such a feature. If you did, how did you do it? I have a special interest in this cemetery and would like to set up other designations.

Laurie Angel
Added by Laurie Angel on Apr 07, 2015 7:01 PM
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