Forgotten Brothers in Arms Finally Receive Proper Burial

One thing warriors share is a never-ending bond; a bond which is built on having shared many of the same experiences and has little to do with when or where they served. Such was the case in Pueblo, Colorado when a group of Civil War veterans were finally recognized for their service- 150 years after their service ended.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, a long term restoration of the Roselawn Cemetery determined that records showed 355 Civil War veterans buried on the property, however, only 351 could be located. That began an even longer, more laborious, task by members of the Concerned Citizens of Roselawn Cemetery – locating and identifying the lost soldiers. This may not seem like too difficult of an undertaking until you realize the American West, including Pueblo, was a popular destination for former soldiers looking to forget the war and start over – especially when you consider many of these men may have used aliases, left no family behind and may not have been in town long enough to have left any significant records.

HeadstoneFirst, the four missing caskets were located; then, volunteers spent hours peering over burial records, local obituaries and other records to try and identify each and every soldier laid to rest without recognition. Unlikely as it may have been, many thought impossible, each of the four were identified. Three were former slaves; one was white and they came from Tennessee, Virginia and Mississippi. More importantly, each had served their country before being forgotten for over 100 years.

  • James W. Williams – Born 1844, Died 1921
  • George Washington – Born 1838, Died 1899
  • Thomas Walker – Born unknown, Died 1900
  • 1st Louis Young – Born 1843, Died 1901

On Saturday Oct. 3, 2015, each of these brothers in arms finally received a proper burial complete with bag pipes, honor guard and a fly-by. Over 100 local citizens were in attendance and new headstones were placed so their final resting places will never be forgotten again.

To many this may appear to be a lot to do about nothing; many may believe that, in light of today’s ongoing troubles and unrest, remembering 4 nobodies who died over 100 years ago was a waste of time and effort- time and effort which could have been put to better use. But, these were not 4 nobodies. Regardless of what they may or may not have done later in life, no matter what led to their being buried without family or friends and without any grave marker being placed, they were all American soldiers. They had all been willing to lay down their life for the protection of their nation and, although lucky enough to have survived the bloodiest war of American history, should not have been forgotten forever.

Now they never will be.

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Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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