Capt William Henry Heilman

Capt William Henry Heilman

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 5 Jan 1908 (aged 67)
Burial Rockledge, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 79302663 · View Source
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Heilman enlisted as a private in the 15th U.S. Infantry on 30 December 1861. He was promoted through the ranks to 1st Lieutenant by the end of the War, and Captain in 1867. He later became Companion #06000 in the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), the first post-Civil War veterans' organization.

He was buried in Monument Cemetery, in Philadelphia near Temple University. The cemetery land was "re-purposed" in the 1950s, and any unclaimed grave markers were dumped along the banks of the Delaware River near the Betsy Ross Bridge. Capt. Heilman's marker rests there today.

Records indicate that his remains were moved with the others to Lawnview Cemetery in Rockledge, PA, and that he is buried near the bronze marker shown here.

(Thanks to Allen Crawford for the image of the original, discarded grave marker. His photographs of this and other markers along the river are found on his Flickr stream.)


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  • Created by: Jeffry Burden
  • Added: 25 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79302663
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt William Henry Heilman (16 Apr 1840–5 Jan 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79302663, citing Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Jeffry Burden (contributor 46873454) .