Roscoe Civil War soldier gets a tombstone after 150 years


At Roscoe Cemetery a Civil War soldier finally gets a tombstone after laying without one for 150 years.

Saturday, a ceremony of remembrance was held with several descendants of Civil War soldiers, dressed in period uniforms, to honor the late Sgt. John Artlip.

Sgt. Artlip’s great-grandson, Kenneth Artlip, spent 50 years trying to find his great-grandfather’s grave. The task was difficult because the cemetery had few records to help him.

But, after finally finding the paperwork needed, the search was over and the Artlip family is thankful to finally bring recognition to their relative.

“I was determined to find him and it took me this long to do it,” said Kenneth. “So, that means a lot to me, to find him. I think he was a hero. He’s my hero. He’s not here anymore, he doesn’t know what’s going on here today, but it’s really important to our family.”

Artlip’s legs were wounded in an exploding artillery shell and he was discharged with a disability. After a year and a half, he returned to rejoin the Union army as a Sergeant.

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