John O. Stevens

During a re-reading of Hoyt’s History of Wentworth, I found details of the death of John O. Stevens that I missed before.

Sergt. John O. Stevens, Co. B“John O Stevens, Co B, 2nd N H Reg. was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg Pa July 1st or 2nd 1863. He was struck by a ball in the loins, which undoubtedly caused his death shortly after. But little is known of the particulars of this death, as no report has been given by any of his comrades. His body was found by the side of a barn by a soldier in one of the western regiments and by him caused to be buried and the grave marked. From the papers in his pockets his name and residence was learned and his father notified of the fact by this kind soldier. His body was brought home and buried with Masonic honors, witnessed by a very large concern of people – August 2, 1863 This brave young man was the first to volunteer in defense of his Countrys flag from this Town. He was esteemed by all for his moral worth as well as patriotism. After enduring the hardships and perils of more that two years service, being a participant in most of the battles in which the Gallant Second were engaged, he at last fell a victim to the most wicked Rebellion. Let his memory be hallowed.”

 

Source: Hoyt, Peter L., Hoyt’s History of Wentworth New Hampshire. Transcribed from the original manuscript by Francis L. Muzzey. Littleton, New Hampshire: Courier Printing Company, Inc., 1976, p. 345.

“Also an Infant”

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This summer I took a series of photos at the East Side Cemetery in Wentworth, New Hampshire. They are of the graves of four members of the Stevens family – John, his wife Louisa (Glines), and sons John O and Daniel S. At least I thought there were four.

When reviewing the photos I discovered a sad detail on the gravestone of Daniel (who died at the age of 9 months). At the bottom of the stone, after a dividing line, the last line of the inscription reads “Also an Infant”.

Mount Vernon & Colonial Williamsburg

Saturday

After 23 episodes of the KnitPicks podcasts on Friday night and Saturday morning, I reached Mount Vernon this morning. The weather is grayish and blustery, but the rain is holding off.

Mount Vernon Peace Dove Weathervane
Mount Vernon Peace Dove Weathervane

Martha Washington
Martha Washington

The sign of the day was spotted in the Mount Vernon Museum. Please don’t photograph George Washington’s teeth.

I also stopped at Arlington National Cemetery to pay my respects.
Grave Marker

Sunday

Blue Canteen
Blue Canteen hanging in Revolutionary encampment

Notice Board
Williamsburg Notice Board

Tailor
Tailor working in the window of his shop.
Pocket Detail 1 Pocket Detail 2
Man’s Weskit – Pocket Details

Court Room at the Capitol
Court Room at the Capitol