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Ceremony held at Pisgah Cemetary

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Picture was taken on 19 July 2005 at Pisgah Cemetary, near Wood Heights, Missouri which is east of Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The picture was taken two days after the ceremony when all was quiet and the sun was still shining overhead. The ceremony honored six soldiers from a Colorado Company who gave their lives in the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1864. Their mass grave in Pisgah Cemetery now has an appropriate head stone.

Inscription on head stone:

CO C SGT TRUMAN C. GREENSLIT CO M PVT JOHN PICARD, 29
CO M PVT CHARLES H. GODFREY, 17 CO M PVT WILLIAM H ROBSON, 24
CO M PVT DAVID GOOD, 29 CO M PVT SIMEON SIMPKINS, 19

THE NAMES OF THESE BRAVE 2ND COLORADO CAVALRYMEN WERE KNOWN ONLY TO GOD FOR 140 YEARS. THEY WERE KILLED IN ACTION 17 JULY 1864 IN AN ENGAGEMENT WITH CONFEDERATE GUERILLAS WHILE ON PATROL NEAR FREDERICKSBURG IN RAY COUNTY MISSOURI. THEIR BODIES WERE LAID TO REST HERE IN AN UNMARKED MASS GRAVE THE SAME DAY.

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