|Private Oliver Case's marker at Simsbury (Conn.) Cemetery.|
Thanks to fellow Civil War blogger John Rogers, I was able to track down the memorial marker for Private Oliver Cromwell Case of the 8th Connecticut during a early morning visit today to Simsbury (Conn.) Cemetery. Case was killed at Antietam, but as Rogers notes on his terrific blog about the soldier, there's a small chance he also could be buried at Antietam National Cemetery, where he also has a marker.
In an account uncovered by Rogers at the Simsbury Historical Society, Case's brother wrote of discovering Oliver's body after the battle.
|Oliver Case's marker is high up on the hill to the left.|
"The 16th men were buried side by side in a trench and they dug a grave about 6 [feet] from them and we deposited the remains of my brother and that having first pinned a paper with his name and age on the inside of the blanket. Then they put up boards to teach with name and Regiment on them. His body lay there until December when father went there and brought the body to Simsbury where it now lies to mingle with the sole of his native town."
Rogers' chase of Case's story started 18 years ago when he purchased the Simsbury soldier's bible for $3 in Germantown, Md. Inside the front cover of the bible Case carried into battle at Antietam are these words:
"If you die, die like a man.”
It's an awesome find.
Since 1993, Rogers has tapped into sources at the Connecticut History Society, Simsbury Historical Society and elsewhere to paint an amazingly detailed picture of the soldier's life. Case enlisted in the Union army on Sept. 16, 1861, and he was dead almost exactly one year later. He was only 22 years old.
I like traipsing through old cemeteries, especially when the morning light makes photographing old gravestones pretty special. The light and blue sky were just right this morning for these Blackberry Bold shots of Case's marker, which is among his family's gravestones high up on the slope at the beautiful, historic cemetery.
|Oliver Case, a private in the 8th Connecticut, was 22 years old when he was killed at Antietam.|