Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Civil War vets honored in Montana after more than 150 years”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
His death occurred somewhere in what is now Custer County, Montana, and was chronicled only in military service records for more than 150 years. Today, his name joins 14 others carved into marble headstones standing in the wide open country outside of Broadus.
“Cavender volunteered to fight for the Union, and out of Missouri, a slave state…He wrote to his family hoping that he’d be coming home soon, before learning that he’d be heading West,” Jaeger Held, a 19-year-old who grew up on the ranch where the 15 headstones are located, told The Billings Gazette.
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Held, with the help of historians, members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and residents of Broadus, spent over two years poring through thousands of documents to discover the names at the Powder River Memorial Cemetery.
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