Friday, February 14, 2014

A Soldier in Our Midst

Canton Observer,  October 2, 2011 (enlarge)
Although he died nearly a hundred years ago at Eloise and was buried with no fanfare in an unmarked grave at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth, Michigan in 1916, Albert Nelson Stevens' life was hardly anonymous. A Michigan native, he enlisted into the war between the states as a 19-year-old boy in 1861 and served two stints before his discharge in 1865. He went on to have 8 children with his wife Kate Hill.

It wasn't until 2011 that Stevens would get his rightful recognition as a veteran. Historians from the Plymouth Historical Museum, while working for the group's annual cemetery walk, discovered the fact of his unmarked grave and put in a request to the Veterans Administration. A full ceremony and unveiling of the headstone took place October 19 of that same year.

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