Saturday, June 7, 2014

GRAVE OF H.H. NEWMAN - Salisbury Cove Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, ME

A very simple tombstone.  No birth or death dates, just an indication that this gentleman served in Company L of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery in the Civil War.  A quick search of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery tells me that this regiment sustained one of the highest casualty rates in the Civil War.    We also cannot tell if Mr. Newman was killed during the war or if he died after it ended.  In case you are wondering, the medallion initials of "G A R" stand for "Grand Army of the Republic," which was what the Union Army was officially known as back in that time.  There are several different tones of color on the stone.  I wonder if dates were at one time inscribed under his name and service information?  Too hard to tell but I would bet against it.  No American flag at this grave to accompany the medallion is very disappointing.

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