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History is a passion of mine, particularly the history that can be uncovered, unearthed in one's own backyard. This passion has turned me into a cemetery walker. Let me explain. For the past fifteen years, I have dedicated my time to preserving the history of the soldiers of the 127th New York Infantry and the 14th New York Militia, a Brooklyn, regiment that from 1861 - 1864 fought at Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg and the Wilderness.  I am also a member of the 14th Brooklyn Company E Living History Association.

Through my cemetery walks I observed history literally being buried and lost to time and neglect. Due to the ravages of age and acid rain, many civil war veteran headstones are deteriorating rapidly. It has been my personal mission to identify and to preserve the final resting place and headstones of as many members of the 127th and 14th regiments as my cemetery walks allow. Though my interest lies with civil war veterans, I come across headstones of veterans who served in many wars, many of which are also exhibiting the ravages of time.  Here is an example of the deterioration of a headstone over a span of 10 years, the numbers are clearly less visible:












A little known fact, the federal government will replace veteran headstones at no cost to the family. In my quest for preserving the memory of those veterans who fought in the 127th and 14th regiments during the Civil War, I have successfully replaced more than 40 headstones.

If you have a family member who is veteran, I can guide you though this process that will preserve and honor their memory forever.  Here is an example of a headstone If you have a family member who is veteran, I can guide you though this process that will preserve and honor their memory forever.

Portraying Pvt. Charles Bartow
Von Cott headstone 2002
Von Cott headstone 2012