Pvt Roland Gillispie

Pvt Roland Gillispie

Death 14 Feb 1911 (aged 72)
Burial Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 19077891 · View Source
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Local group will lead Civil War soldier's reburial

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GALLIPOLIS - The path of progress of the new U.S. 35 through Putnam County, W.Va., recently found an unusual obstacle that the West Virginia Division of Highways had to manage - an old cemetery containing a Union Civil War soldier, Pvt. Roland Gillispie.

The Gillispie Cemetery, or by some called the Roach Cemetery, lies directly in the path of the new highway.

Gillispie, of Company F of the Seventh West Virginia Cavalry, will be reburied with military honors in the Springhill Cemetery at Huntington on May 12. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Ferrell-Chambers Funeral Home in Huntington. The public is invited to view the procession and pay respects to Gillispie and veterans of all wars.

The Sons of Union Veterans is a national, state and local organization dedicated to honoring and remembering the sacrifices of the men and women of the American Civil War. The ceremony is under the direction of the Cadot-Blessing Camp 126 of the SUVCW in Gallipolis, along with Matthew Chambers of the Ferrell-Chambers Funeral Home.

The ceremony will consist of a horse-drawn hearse, circa 1900, provided by Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home of Chesapeake. The hearse will be driven by Bill Archibald of Briar Patch Stables, Clendenin, W.Va., with twin Golden Percheron horses.

The procession will form in front of Ferrell-Chambers Funeral Home, 20th Street and Ninth Avenue, and proceed to Springhill Cemetery. Leading the hearse will be an honor guard, carrying the SUVCW flag along with a 34-star Union Flag, and Civil War military re-enactors, all led by a fife and drum unit.

Following the hearse will be the casket honor guard, the descendents of Gillispie, along with ladies in mourning. This will make up the rest of the procession. Upon reaching the cemetery, the simple pine box casket with rope handles will be removed from the hearse and placed over the grave.

The casket will be draped with a 34-star flag and will be folded and presented to Joyce Saunders, the great-granddaughter of Pvt. Gillispie. The ceremony is taken from the 1890 Ritual & Ceremonies Manual of the Sons of Union Veterans.

The Cadot-Blessing camp chaplain will speak along with Junior Vice Commander Henry Myers Sr., Vice Commander Roger Caldwell and Commander James Oiler. Leila McClintock will provide period violin music. Military Commander of the Brigade will be Ron McClintock.

Oiler will introduce Robert Leith, instructor in history of the Ohio University Southern Campus, for remarks about the Civil War. Christopher Saunders, great-great-grandson of Pvt. Gillispie, will read the eulogy.

The firing of the salute will be by Battery L of the Ohio Light Artillery Regiment along with other artillery, about six cannons in all, and firing of muskets by the various infantry units in rank.

Ken Freshly, the Ohio Department commander of the SUVCW, will present a wreath in honor of all the Union soldiers of this conflict.

The Cadot-Blessing Camp has issued its thanks to the city of Huntington for its cooperation, Oiler said.

"We also would like to thank Ivan Kapp of the West Virginia Department of Highways, Sen. Robert Byrd's office, Ferrell-Chambers Funeral Home, Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Briar Patch Stables and the Guyandotte Civil War Committee, Madie Carroll House Preservation Society Inc.and John Belcher of the Huntington Historical Preservation Commission, Ohio Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and to all the re-enactors for making this ceremony possible," Oiler said.

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  • Created by: Irene (Rose) Warner
  • Added: 24 Apr 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 19077891
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Roland Gillispie (9 Jan 1839–14 Feb 1911), Find a Grave Memorial no. 19077891, citing Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Irene (Rose) Warner (contributor 46586932) .