Ceremony honors Civil War veterans buried in Nuckolls County cemeteries


September 28, 2023

Sons of Union Veterans conducted a Last Soldier Ceremony for Private Charles Watson (1840-1936) Sunday afternoon at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Superior. They were dressed in period costume. Included in the picture are Keith Rockefeller, Eric Bachenbery, both from Lincoln, John Surman, Eagle, Patricia Wagner, McCool Junction, Paul Hadley, Lincoln. Paul Burright, Omaha, and Gary Roth. Several of the men are part of the James C. Welstead Camp No. 3 Department of Nebraska and the Dakotas Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Wagner is president of Kady Brownell Tent No. 25, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Watson lived much of his life near Edgar. He served in the 13th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The event was hosted by the Nuckolls County Historical Society.

The American Civil War ended more than 150 years ago but the sacrifices made by those on both sides of the dispute have not been forgotten.

Eighty-eight Union Army veterans are buried in Superior's Evergreen Cemetery and more are buried elsewhere in Nuckolls County. Many county residents have among their treasured collections items like an ancestor's Civil War medal or a uniform button.

Superior's Old Abe Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, marked the members' graves in Evergreen with a medallion. One of those medallions was recently offered for sale by a southern antique store for more th...

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