Fayette cemetery project, Civil War vets 2011.05.25

Written by David Green.

There are at least 55 Civil War veterans commemorated in Fayette’s Pleasant View Union Cemetery and each one will soon have a special marker.

Ruth Marlatt is working with others on a project to create plaques bearing short biographies of each veteran, although that’s proving to be quite a challenge in some cases.

Military records list the rank, regimen and company of each veteran, but that’s all she’s been able to learn about some soldiers. She and other researchers continue to look for information and they’re hoping to get some help from relatives of the veterans.

“Many of them weren’t buried here and we’ll have to go back to county records,” Marlatt said.

The multi-year project will take the biographical information and display it on a plastic board to be placed on each veteran’s grave. The Sauder company of Archbold is furnishing the plastic boards.

“We hope to honor 10 or 12 a year and we’re planning to have at least 10 erected by Memorial Day,” Marlatt said.

She said the group probably won’t succeed in identifying all the veterans buried here since the families of many are no longer in area.

Anyone with information about local Civil War veterans is urged to call Marlatt at 419/237-3061.

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