…. I’m off today on a mission of mercy – of sorts… one of my cousins – a Khe Sanh vet – has asked me to go on a little field trip out to Philadelphia, Tennessee….

…. One of my ancient Grandfather’s is buried in a small cemetery there and his headstone is in disrepair… he lies on a small hill to the west of the tiny town with his wife and his brother in law….. he and his brother in law served in the same regiment during the War of Northern Agression…. Co. B, 5th Tennessee Infantry, USA…..

… Philadelphia sits on the edge of Monroe and Loudon counties….. and many men from both counties served in the 5th Tennessee….. and they saw much combat in their home state… most notably at Missionary Ridge outside Chattanooga and then during the horrific battle of Chickamauga……

…. So, I am off to take a photo of his tombstone for forwarding to the VA…. And with luck, they will send us a replacement….

….. y’all have fun today, children….. I’m off to Philadelphia…

by Eric on June 22, 2007 | Bullshit (7) | TrackBack (0) | Military Stuff
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Have a good trip. I imagine there will be interesting things to do along the way, and on the way back. As for the purpose of your trip, I think it wonderful that you are taking care of such, heck I don't even know who were in my family beyond a generation or three ago.

All the best,

Bullshitted by Glenn B on June 22, 2007 08:52 AM

I'm currently in South Cal. for a holiday. Hope you have a good trip.


Bullshitted by farmwifetwo on June 22, 2007 09:31 AM

God speed and good luck. :^)

Bullshitted by Richmond on June 22, 2007 10:20 AM

Assisting with the upkeep of a final burial place (especially one of an American hero) I always felt is one of the most unsung duties a person can perform. Kol hakavod!

Bullshitted by Erica on June 22, 2007 02:49 PM

That's such a southern sort of thing to do. They have big reunions up here all surrounding the decoration of the graves and the upkeep of the old family cemeteries. I hope you have a really good trip. I have fond memories of tagging along with my grandparents and mother on jaunts like these.

We've just been having crazy storms every afternoon. Sometimes no rain...just lightening.

Bullshitted by rosie on June 22, 2007 07:54 PM

Yep, it was the North that fired the first shot in Charleston. No...wait. ;-)

Bullshitted by Jim - PRS on June 22, 2007 08:46 PM

Okay, you win. I'm not doing anything anywhere near that meaningful this weekend. Though I am going through my blogroll; does that count? ;)

Bullshitted by Key on June 22, 2007 11:16 PM