Ea­gle Scout re­stores civil war grave sites in Eureka

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ed and Jan­ice Helmick

In Septem­ber of 2015, it was dis­cov­ered that 6 civil war sol­diers were buried in the Eureka Ceme­tery, and the grave sites were in a state of dis­ar­ray. Curtis Evans, who is 18 years old, took on the ren­o­va­tion of the grave sites as an Ea­gle Scout project.

Curtis be­gan clean­ing up the grave sites in var­i­ous sites in the ceme­tery. Curtis’s neigh­bor, Robert Pag­nani, is ac­tive in the Eureka Elks Lodge, and the Elks do­nated new mark­ers, lava rock, and bricks to out­line the in­di­vid­ual plots. The work was com­pleted in time for Tin­tic Sil­ver Ju­bilee Days Au­gust 18 and 19. A cer­e­mony was held at the Eureka Ceme­tery with Pa­trick Ma­honey dressed in Civil War garb who played songs on an old tin whis­tle and a fife. Curtis has filed pa­per work with the VA for two tomb stones, and that re­quest is pend­ing.

Sol­diers of the Grand Army of the Repub­lic (Union) are: Sa­muel H. Nel­son of the In­di­ana Reg­i­ment; J. A. David­son (Wag­ner) of Com­pany C or G; Ge­orge T. Bridges pos­si­bly from In­di­ana; John T. Sul­li­van and Alexan­der Tony. There is one Con­fed­er­ate sol­dier, J.C. Kirke­nall buried in Eureka.

This is a great Ea­gle Scout project, and we bring the story to Utah County hop­ing a sim­i­lar project can be ac­com­plished in our area. Pass the word about this story and let’s see what can hap­pen.

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