|Words under John Banning's name on a memorial in East Hartland, Conn.|
In the small, tidy East Hartland Cemetery, among graves for Revolutionary War soldiers, a brownstone memorial to Banning and Rowe was placed, probably shortly after the Civil War. These words, worn by the elements but still easily read, appear under Banning's name and place of death:
A Martyr To This Unholy Rebellion
Perhaps Banning's mother, who depended on her son for financial support, had those words etched on the 8-foot memorial. Perhaps someone else in the small farming community that lost at least 15 men to the "unholy rebellion" had the words carved in stone. We may never know for sure.