Springville Boy Scouts participate in Civil War ceremony held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo
Springville’s Boy Scout Troop 524 Dough Boy Patrol, led by Patrol Leader Collin Edbauer and Assistant Patrol Leader Henry Yaegar, joined the Sons and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War in a ceremony on Sunday, May 27, at Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.
The Scouts relived the first reading of General John A. Logan’s General Order No.11 which was given in Washington, D.C. on May 30, 1868. The order said, “The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.
In this observance, no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will, in their own way, arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”
After laying the wreath and singing the “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” a military salute was performed by the 155th New York Volunteer Infantry. The Dough Boy Patrol was then requested by President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln re-enactors to place rose petals on the graves of the soldiers.
Following the ceremony, the patrol took a tour of Forest Lawn Cemetery and learned the history of the cemetery and facts about some of the residents.
For example, the Scouts learned that one of the soldiers who helped capture John Wilkes Booth was laid to rest at Forest Lawn and his grave stone is marked with the letters L.A, meaning “Lincoln avenged.”
At left, the Boy Scouts are shown with some of the re-enactors. Pictured from left: Collin Edbauer, Mrs. Lincoln and President Lincoln re-enactors, Chandler Edbauer, Connor Edbauer, Luke Newman, Seth Babbitt and Levi VonIderstein.