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When I last visited the Old Alms House Cemetery on the Eleventh Corps Line, it seemed rather poorly-kept, but on my recent visit I was glad to see that the place is being taken care of quite nicely. Colorful silk flowers decorated most if not all graves, and flags and military markers denoted veterans’ plots. Many of the stones had even been garnished with coins, either a loving offering from strangers or a tribute from those who care for the cemetery. Though it’s not technically battle-related, I want to do a two-part series on particular burials at the Alms House Cemetery.
Today’s post features two graves side-by-side. On the left is Mary Felix. Her stone says only that she died July 25, 1881, and gives no further information. Unfortunately, I found nothing in a subsequent search. The grave on the right is that of Samuel Troyer, a Civil War veteran. He was born 1835 and died August 02, 1885. I could find no Samuel Troyers from the Gettysburg area, so his name may be incorrect.
PVT. CALVIN JEFFERSON EATON
Co. B, 15TH Massachusetts Infantry
Born 1839 --- Died July 04, 1863 at age 24
Pvt. Eaton enlisted in July 1861 and was a carpenter by trade. Mortally wounded on the 3rd of July, he died the next day. His exact burial site is unknown. There is a marker in his memory at the Worcester Rural Cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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