Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Westport Camp # 64
Kansas City, Missouri
Ceremonies in 2008
Carpenter Cemetery Dedication
A dedication ceremony took place on Saturday, 10 May 2008, where both Union and Confederate Soldiers Headstones have been placeed at Carpenter Cemetery, located on the Johnson/Henry County line near Chilhowee, MO. In attendence included Lee Ward, Jim Beckner and several other guest speakers. Also in attendence was Josh Campbell, Eagle Scout candidate, Independence, MO who lead a group of nearly 30 scouts, leaders and parents, who placed the monuments of two Confederate and eight Union Army Veterans upon their graves.
The graves were researched, marked and monuments ordered from the Veterans Administration by Lee Ward, Independence, MO a member the Sons of Union Veterans, Westport Camp #64. Ward is the Pastoral Care Director at St. Markís Catholic Church in Independence, also home to the Scout troop. Ward formerly lived in Chilhowee, MO where he owned the Ward Funeral Home for many years before moving to Independence in 1991.
Carpenter Cemetery, formerly Walnut Grove Cemetery, has existed since 1845. Wardís great-grandfather Lafayette Ward, a Union veteran of the Civil War, is buried there as is his grandfather Oscar Ward and father Orval Ward; both of whom served on the Board of Carpenter Cemetery for more than 75 combined years. Wardís brother Earl Ward, Windsor, MO now serves as President of the Board.
Union veterans include Privates Richard B., William A., and Corp.l Mathias Smith Corson, Pvt. Lycurgus Fouch, Corpíl. James H. Vance, Pvt. George Porter and W. H. Porter.
Confederate veterans buried in Carpenter and now marked are Capt. Felix Lotspeich of Co. E, 3rd Battalion, MO Calvary and Jasper M. Anderson of Co. A, 3rd Tenn. Infantry.
Other Civil War veterans discovered were Ervin Crist, William Gilbaugh Smith, Lafayette Ward, Alexander Marion Butcher, and William Harrison Lively.