Sunday, June 30, 2013

26468. Luther Stephenson


That's General Luther Stephenson to you and me.

Our Union Civil War veterans are pretty well identified on their stones, as we have seen. But there are those few who skip all the details and just give us the basics.

But Luther Stephenson deserves more in this meager space I can give him. During the war he was a Lieutenant Colonel, and was wounded three times - once, at Gettysburg, shot through the face. He fought for another year before being forced to resign, receiving his rank as Brigadier General after his fighting days were over. He lived an extra 56 years after the war.

He was an inspirational leader for his men, and all you needed to know about him was boiled don to five words on his spire: "He fought for the Union."

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