Last Soldier Project

Beginning in 2003, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) embarked on the Last Soldier Project. The purpose of the project is to locate and appropriately mark the final resting place of the last Civil War Soldier buried in each county/parish and in each state of this great country.

The Last Soldier project is funded, in part, by the SUVCW’s Monuments and Memorials Grant Fund and also by obtaining contributions of the citizens, local veteran organizations and governmental agencies.  For more information, please visit the SUVCW Last Soldier page.

Ceremony May 30, 2021,  Tipton
James Marsee Hoover, Private, Co. B, 139th Indiana Infantry, 100 days 1864 (12/5/1845 – 5/16/1945). Buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Tipton, Tipton County Indiana. 
See his Find-a-Grave Memorial here

Ceremony Sept. 21, 2019, Tippecanoe (updated 11/9/18) – Last Solider Marker In Place
Benjamin W. Cohee, Private, Co. K, 10th Indiana Infantry (2/17/1842 – 10/9/1940). Buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Stockwell, Tippecanoe County Indiana. 
Click here for his Find-a-Grave Memorial (Updated…..it now appears that John Rishel was not the Last Soldier of Tippecanoe County) John Ephraim Rishel, Co. C, 10th Indiana Volunteer Infantry (3/22/1845 – 3/4/1940).  Member and past Commander of the Logan-Taylor GAR post of Lafayette, IN.  Buried in Spring Vale Cemetery, Tippecanoe County, Lafayette Indiana (Click Here for John Rishel’s bio and Click Here for more info).

Ceremony, OCT. 20, 2012,  Clinton – Last Soldier Marker in Place
Cyrus Clark, Sergeant, Co. C, 10th Indiana Volunteer Infantry (4/18/1840 – 7/22/1939).  Member of the Stone River GAR Post No. 65, Frankfort, IN.  Buried in the Bunnell Cemetery, Frankfort, Clinton County Indiana.  
Click Here to see his newspaper obituaries and picture, and Click Here for his Find-a-Grave listing

Ceremony Oct 16, 2010, Miami (added 1/24/11)
William J. Rennaker, Private, Co. A, 25th Indiana Volunteer Infantry (7/28/1846 – 1/12/1940).  Buried in the Converse City Cemetery, Converse, Grant County Indiana.  
Click Here to See His Bio

Ceremony Nov. 14, 2009,  Cass (added 1/16/10) Last Soldier Marker in Place
William A. Ziegler, Corporal, Co. E, 19th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (8/17/1846 – 3/12/1942).  Buried in Mt. Hop Cemetery, Logansport, Cass County Indiana.  
Click Here to see his newspaper obituary and picture, and Click Here for more grave pictures, and Click Here for his Find-a-Grave listing.

Ceremony Oct. 18, 2008, Carroll -George W. Beck, Private, Co. M, 1st Indiana Cavalry (10/23/1841 – 2/10/1942).  Buried in the Burlington Cemetery, Burlington, IN. Click Here to see a picture of his grave stone and Click Here to see a close up picture of the Last Soldier plaque.  Click Here to see a copy of an article that appeared in the Carroll County Comet Newspaper, October 15th, 2008.

Ceremony Jun. 10, 2007,  Howard – Last Soldier Marker In Place
Gordon Williams, Unassigned Pennsylvania Volunteers (3/5/1848 – 3/27/1943).  Buried in the Albright Cemetery, Kokomo, Center Township, Howard County Indiana.  Member of the Thomas J. Harrison GAR Post # 30 in Kokomo. (See: 
http://suvcw.org/in/gwilliams.htm)

Ceremony May 21, 2006, Grant – Last Soldier Marker In Place
John C. Adams, Private, Co. C, 17th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry (8/17/1847 – 2/17/1949).  Buried at Riverside Cemetery, Gas City, IN.  Member of the Magnolia GAR Post No. 409, Jonesboro, Grant County Indiana.  Last Living Indiana Union Civil War Veteran (See: 
http://suvcw.org/in/JCAdams.html).  See his Find-a-Grave page here.

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