Mount Hope Cemetery Civil War Tour

Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY

Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY

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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4 Comments on “Mount Hope Cemetery Civil War Tour”

  1. mastershandcreative Says:

    Hey Vickie! (Matt D here) I wish I could ave been there at Mount Hope, it sounds like it was really cool!

  2. Theo Says:

    I have enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to reading more. I came across your site looking for images of soldiers who served in the 13th NY Vol. Inf. and found the second part to your Band of Brothers story on the Ambrose boys. Haven’t found the first part yet but I enjoy looking around for it, start reading other articles and forget why I’m here in the first place. 🙂

    I’ve adopted a Rochester soldier who fought in the 13th NY Vol. Inf. and 22nd NY Vol. Cav., both Rochester regiments. Charles Nelson is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery along with his wife Sarah, who is buried in an unmarked grave not too far from Charles.

    I’ve told as much of Charles’s story as I know and if you wish to visit this almost forgotten soldier, please visit . Thank you for keeping history alive.

    • Vicki Profitt Says:

      Thanks, Theo! I’ve been to your site as well. It is an amazing resource about the 13th NY Inf and the 22nd Vol Cav. I’ve got many Perinton soldiers in the 13th. I’ll email you directly regarding those men, and I look forward to checking out your site on a regular basis.

      Part one of the Ambrose boys’ story begins with the Hero Highlight of Richard Ambrose, which was posted on April 11, 2009. The brothers’ stories are so intertwined that I decided to give backgrounds on all of them in the Band of Brothers post dated June 8, 2009. In the future, I will post a Hero Highlight for Edward and Robert as well.

  3. Theo Says:

    I look forward to receiving any information you may have on your Perinton soldiers. Any photos in your possession of these soldiers or headstones would be truly wonderful and should I use any of that information, due credit will be made back to you and your site.

    I will soon make enough free time to read the April 11 & June 8 posts and explore a little. You have a wealth of information here that will assist me greatly when I can make a trip to the area.

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