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The Eternal Light Peace Memorial stands like a beacon on Oak Hill, reminding visitors of the division that once was and the unity which again cemented America into a great nation. Seen here on a *very* cold February morning a few years back, its eternal flame is hidden to the naked eye, but was certainly present. It’s fairly rare to climb the steps of the memorial without sharing them with a host of others, usually a bus full of eager tourists from places unknown. If you have the chance to explore the monument and its surrounding artillery pieces without distraction, take it!
PVT. ISAIAH VALENTINE EATON
Co. D, 4TH Maine Infantry
Born November 27, 1830 --- Died August 18, 1863 at age 32
Pvt. Eaton, a fisherman from Deer Isle, previously served in the 38TH New York Infantry, and was transferred in late June 1863, just a handful of days before the army arrived at Gettysburg. He was survived by his wife Susan, 12-year-old Lydia, 9-year-old Solomon, 8-year-old Lovina, 5-year-old Susan, 3-year-old Sarah (listed in some records as Louisa), and 1-year-old Isaiah. A seventh child, Jonah, was born about January 1864, sadly dying about 11 months later. Pvt. Eaton is buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery.
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