Mount Hope Cemetery Civil War Tour
It was an unusually beautiful day today in Rochester, New York. Warm weather prevailed as puffy white clouds filled the skies – a perfect day for a cemetery tour. How fortunate that Mount Hope was holding their annual Civil War tour this afternoon!
Local historian and columnist Bob Marcotte led the tour, assisted by Friends of Mount Hope president Marilyn Nolte. We began the tour with Major George B. Force of the 108th, who fell at Antietam. You’ll recall that two of the Ambrose boys, Robert and Edward, were with the 108th. Next was Frank A. Badger of the 140th. Frank was missing and presumed dead after the battle of the Wilderness. His body was never recovered, but there is a stone in his memory. One of my Pittsford boys, Matthias L. Lord, was Assistant Surgeon of the 140th. I wonder if Matthias knew Frank Badger? We eventually visited seven Civil War soldiers, some of whom died in action. Others, like Albert Hotchkiss of the 8th NY Cavalry, died at Andersonville Prison. Several of my Pittsford soldiers were with the 8th Cav. They will be discussed in upcoming posts.
After the tour the group, about 40 strong, headed back to the cool confines of the gatehouse for some refreshments. Bob graciously signed his book, Where They Fell, for the interested tour-goers. As always, it was a pleasure hearing Bob speak. He is so knowledgeable about Rochester’s Civil War soldiers.
If you haven’t been on a tour at Mount Hope, I’d highly recommend the experience. There is a lot of walking and many hills, but there are so many beautiful and unique monuments to see. If you are interested in historical figures, you can find those residing at Mount Hope as well. Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Western Union founder Hiram Sibley and architect Fletcher Steele are among the many notables whose earthly remains were laid to rest at Mount Hope.
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