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Solemn Strikes The Funeral Chime

Headstone for Lt. Elam S. P. Clapp (1842-1864) in Oakwood Cemetery, 50 101st Street, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. Lt. Clapp led Company A, 125th NY Volunteer Infantry, in the 3rd Brigade, First Division, II Corps, Union Army of the Potomac, at the attack on the “Mule Shoe” on March 12, 1864 during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Fighting there was some of the most desperate and bloody of the war. The regiment’s commander, Capt. E. P. Jones, was killed, and Lt. Clapp was mortally wounded.

This 300-acre cemetery was established in 1848 and designed in rural style. It offers a beautiful view of the Hudson Valley and contains the remains of over 16,000 people, including Samuel “Uncle Sam” Wilson.

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Now She Walks the Shadows

Wrought iron headstone for Mary Comstock (unk-1853) in Woods Hill (Dorman) Cemetery at St. Albans Road (U.S. Route 7) and Woods Hill Road south of Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont, and the Missisquoi River. Despite my best efforts, I was unable to find information about Ms. Comstock, but she must have been someone of prominence to have such an ornate grave marker. It looks like there was a photo at one time, but some jerk removed it.

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Echoes of Revolution

Headstone for Revolutionary War veteran Sam L. Shead (1764-1829) in Wayside Cemetery on Main Street, off U.S. Route 11, in the tiny village of Richville, St. Lawrence County, New York. The Oswegatchie River flows north of Richville. Shead was born in Massachusetts and enlisted in Capt. Samuel Warner’s company, Col. John Brown’s regiment before the age of 16.

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Midnight’s Crown

Memorial marker for John (1808-1881) and Catherine McGregor (1811-1854) Dickson in Oxbow New Cemetery, off County Road 25, just east of Oxbow, Jefferson County, New York. Oxbow is a tiny hamlet along the Oswegatchie River. I’ve seen this type of gravestone several times for two people who want to emphasize their closeness in life, some more ornate than others. This unpretentious version stands proudly in the shade of an evergreen tree.

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For the Fallen Dreams

Headstone of Terrence and Catharine McLoughlin, unfortunately fallen into disrepair, in St. Mary’s Cemetery on James Street, south of Clayton, New York in Jefferson County. Clayton is a quaint town along the St. Lawrence River with an antique boat museum and a few shops along the river. If you visit, don’t miss Koffee Kove Restaurant farther up James Street, downtown.