Written by Sierra Ballistic Technician Robert Treece
The family knew great, great grandfather served the Union and was killed during the Civil War—even knew the general area; so I searched all the older cemeteries and church records around there with no luck. During a discussion with that counties museum curator of historical and genealogical records, he mentioned that a lot of Union soldiers had been transferred to area National Cemeteries—the closer one being in Springfield, Missouri.
A trip there and a quick electronic search in the office by the grounds director caused him to understatedly remark—“There he is.” The name was slightly misspelled, but the date left no doubt! A cemetery map was printed off showing the different sections and I was able to walk to his headstone—salute and pay my respects to him in his final resting place.
I hope your searches in life are as successful—stay safe and good shooting!