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Soldier moved to final resting place 120 years after death

Staff Report, GDTnews@civitasmedia.com

October 15, 2013

SARAHSVILLE — Members of the local Cadot-Blessing Camp #126 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War from Gallipolis participated in the “Reburial” of a Civil War Soldier on October 5, 2013.


Pvt. Abner Robinson joined Company G of the 62nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served until November 20, 1864. The unit saw active service in places made famous, in part, by their actions — places like the Shenandoah and the Peninsula Campaign, Beaufort, Morris Island, Fort Wagner, Petersburg and Fair Oaks.


Robinson, Barnes Ridge, Noble County, died in 1893 at the age 57 following an accident. He had more than 80 grandchildren. He was buried in a field on his family farm in Marion Township just outside of East Union.


He was buried alone, and the farm was subsequently strip-mined. It was because of this mining activity that Robinson needed to be moved.


His family decided to have his body moved and re-interred at Village View Cemetery in Sarahsville where his mother and a brother also are buried.


On Oct. 5, in the 120th year of his death, the Gen. Benjamin Fearing Camp #2 located in Marietta, Ohio Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War along with Jim Oiler and Mike Harbour of the Cadot-Blessing Camp #126, Gallipolis, Ohio escorted Robinson’s remains in a new casket to the cemetery and performed a Civil War ceremony, including firing a salute and TAPS.


Ohio Department Commander Jonathan Davis of the Sons of Union Veterans spoke of the sacrifices that the Boys in Blue made to help preserve the Union of the United States. Bob Davis spoke in the personage of Governor William F. Dennison, the first Civil War governor of Ohio and the Gov. that gave the order for the 62nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry be formed.


Robinson’s new cherry casket was made by the Amish under the direction of Ken Perkins of McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, who assisted the family with the disinterment and re-interment.


The casket was carried in a vintage horse-drawn hearse followed by the Honor Guard and members of the family.