Sunday, May 23, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF MAURICE EDWARD FAGAN - Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


Col Maurice Edward Fagan has the distinction of probably being the only person to die at his own grave site. Fagan, a Civil War veteran, returned from the war with much emotional and physical suffering. When his sister, Fanny, who is buried nearby, committed suicide, Fagan attempted it as well but failed. However, in February of 1898, Fagan wrote to his family and told them that by the time they read his letter he would be dead and that he was going to die at Laurel Hill Cemetery by the plot reserved for him in the Fagan family plot. On February 4, 1898, Fagan went to the cemetery and upon the plot reserved for him shot himself through the head and died. His family found him at this spot. His bereaved brother erected this tombstone in his memory.

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