This past Saturday, June 10, there was a dedication at the gravesite of Isaac Sharp (1848-1946), the last Union soldier from Kosciusko County, at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw. This was organized and presented by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). One of their missions is the Last Union Soldier Project which is to identify the grave site of the last soldier of the Civil War in each county in every state. I have attached several pictures from the dedication. It was very interesting and well done.
The SUVCW, a national organization. which is the successor of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), is dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the heroes who fought to save the Union during the Civil War. Taking care of veterans’ graves and providing headstones is one part of their mission. They provide programs, educational materials and are working on a National Graves Registration Project. The goal of this project is to locate the final resting places of all Union Civil War veterans and to enter that information into a National Graves Registration Database. They also sponsor a project to document the location of repositories of records of the GAR, as well as the Last Union Soldier Project. More information, and access to SUVCW resources and databases can be found at suvcw.org.