Civil war veteran finally gets tombstone in Ohio

AP News
Posted: Aug 08, 2011 11:35 AM
Civil war veteran finally gets tombstone in Ohio

A civil war veteran finally has a tombstone to mark his Ohio grave, 87 years after his death.

The family of Henry C. Thompson Sr. paid to install the marker provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thompson's great-great-great grandchildren were among those who attended a graveside ceremony Sunday at Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery.

The Akron Beacon Journal ( reports that Thompson's family does not know why the grave was not marked when he died in 1924. A great-grandson sought the stone after seeing a news report about another one provided for a Civil War veteran.

A researcher says Thompson was only 17 but claimed to be 19 so he could enlist in the Union Army in 1861.

He was honorably discharged in 1862 after suffering sunstroke.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal,