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Ceremony in Dover-Foxcroft honors four Civil War soldiers

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — On June 17 Sarah Elizabeth Palmer Tent #23, Daughters of Union Veterans and Daniel Chaplain Camp #3, Sons of Union Veterans held a joint ceremony to honor four Civil War soldiers who are buried at the Rural Grove Cemetery.

The lot was purchased in 1889 by the C.S. Douty Relief Corps., an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, after the ladies had held many fundraising events. The Relief Corps. bought enough lots to bury nine indigent veterans. The four Civil War Veterans buried in the GAR lot at the cemetery are Fernando Pratt, Adoniran J. Banks, John Nelson Ramsdell and Edward M. Young.

Pratt was born in Foxcroft in 1839. At 21 he enlisted in Co. A, 6th Maine Infantry and fought in 15 major battles including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania serving a total of three years and four months. He returned to Foxcroft and married Lois W. Chase, working in the local woolen mill. After a divorce Pratt boarded in several homes in the area, was a member of the Douty Post #23 where he served a term as commander and he passed away at the age of 70 on April 4, 1911 of heart disease.

Banks was born in Kenduskeag joining Co. F 2nd Maine Infantry in April of 1861 at 20. He was involved in the battle of Bull Run, Peninsula Campaign, Second Bull Run, Antietam and Chancellorsville. He married Katy M. Morse in 1863 and divorced in 1867. Banks later married Julia E. Banks and died in February 1889 to become one of the first to be buried in the lot.

Ramsdell was born in 1846 in Garland. At 17 he joined Co. D of the 20th Maine Infantry and served until his discharge due to disability in October 1862. He received a pension from May 1888 until his death in August 1929. Ramsdell was married and divorced and his minor child received his pension upon his death. He was buried in the GAR lot but didn’t have a headstone until 1938 when Eliza McPherson of Dover-Foxcroft requested a headstone from the Veterans Administration which was set in December that year.

The last veteran buried in the lot is Young, who was born in Kenduskeag. After much research it is believed he was born Martin Edward Young but at some point switched his name to Edward Martin. Young enlisted at 18 and served as quartermaster for the 22nd Maine Co. H until becoming ill in New Orleans in 1863 at which time he was mustered out. A pension was filed for him in May 1889 and his date of death is unknown.

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HONORING FOUR CIVIL WAR VETERANS — On June 17 Sarah Elizabeth Palmer Tent #23, Daughters of Union Veterans and Daniel Chaplain Camp #3, Sons of Union Veterans held a joint ceremony to honor four Civil War soldiers buried at the Rural Grove Cemetery in Dover-Foxcroft. Pictured are front, from left, Linda Tozier, Linda Moon, Molly Bennett, Estella Bennett, Carmen Smith and Mary Annis. Back, Nancy Battick, Eric Bennett, Wayne Bennett, Jack Battick and Jim Annis.

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RELIEF CORPS MONUMENT — The CS Douty Post Relief Corps monument at the Rural Grove Cemetery in Dover-Foxcroft.

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