Back on May 12th I attended the dedication of the 33 gravestones that were placed in the Circle of Honor at Frankford’s Civil War and Soldiers Memorial at Cedar Hill Cemetery. There are 33 soldiers buried in the circle that until this year were unmarked. Tony Matijasick spoke about the project in a previous video that you can see here.
I was not prepared to do video but the weather was so beautiful that I did end up with some shots. Those combined with stills are included in the 6 minute video below. It is worth a trip up to Cedar Hill to see that memorial and not how much it is need of restoration.
There will be a rededication ceremony for 33 newly installed Federal military gravestones for the Union veterans buried in the “Circle of Honor” surrounding the monument at the Civil War Memorial in Cedar Hill Cemetery on May 12th. I met Tony Matijasick on a freezing cold day back in January to see what had been done and took some video.
The 33 new stones mark the graves that surround the monument. The funds for the installation of the stone was mainly contributed by the reenactment groups that the soldiers would have served in during the war.
Now the monument itself is in dire need of preservation, so funds are needed once again to complete this project. The lettering listing the names of all the soldiers from Frankford who served is barely readable today and it is time to restore it.
Below is a story done by the Philadelphia Ledger in 1871 about the Cedar Hill Cemetery. It’s interesting in the description of the cemetery and also the details of the Civil War Memorial. It includes the text of the inscriptions that are now not readable. Thanks to a good friend Kathy D’imperio. Click on the image to get a full size view.
As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we should be hearing more about the pivotal part Frankford played in that era. The Civil War Memorial at Cedar Hill Cemetery is one important monument that is going to get some attention. The program this month at the Historical Society of Frankford is aimed at bringing some attention and hopefully helping hands to preserve this treasure.
When – Tue, September 14, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Where – 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
Description – FRANKFORD CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL In preparation for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015) research has begun on the CW veterans interred in Frankford’s Cedar Hill Cemetery. Learn of the all-volunteer effort to install individual gravestones involving the Sons of Union Veterans, CW re-enactors, Masons, SW Roundtable members, and others – and how you can be a part of this effort to preserve the history of Frankford and the nation.
I took a walk through today to get a first hand look. I’ve never been in that part of Cedar Hill. Looking down on Frankford, you can imagine what it was like back in the 19th century. Here are some pictures that show the present state of the memorial.