Nov 12, 2022
The 69th Pa “Irish Volunteers” have a long tradition of gathering on Veterans Day weekend to dedicate a new selection of Gravestones over the previously unmarked “final resting places” of the soldiers who fought with the regiment during the 1861-1865 conflict. After researching the locations of the graves and raising funds needed to pay for gravestones and cemetery expenses, members gather to hear a short biography of each man; place Irish soil on the new gravestones; offer a prayer and fire three musket volleys.
This year was no exception as 18 members assembled Saturday November 12th at Lawnview Cemetery in Rockledge Pa outside of Philadelphia to honor five more 69th veterans. This year we began ceremonies at the grave of Assistance Surgeon Dr. Henry Wadsworth who served on the medical staff following the Antietam and Fredericksburg battles to care for our wounded and dying soldiers.