65 Year Search By Pennsylvania Woman For Soldier Husband
Ends At Lonely Grave in Vermont Cemetery
Springfield Reporter, Springfield, VT, 2 Jun 1933
Discovery of a grass grown plot in a Brattleboro cemetery, marked by a faded and tattered flag and a headstone, moss grown from the storms of years, marks the end of a search which Mrs. Daniel Meyers of Lancaster, Pa., has maintained for sixty-five years for her soldier husband. A photograph of the grave in the government lot, brought to her by her grandson, was the first knowledge she had had of the fate of her husband since the summer morning in the 1860's, when as a bride of two weeks, she bade him a tearful farewell. Two weeks after he had left his bride to join the Union army, young Daniel Meyers was sent to the South where with the blue clad youth of the North he faced the grey garbed sons of the confederacy across the pleasant fields of Virginia. His wife was never to see him again and the son she bore nearly a year later never knew his father. Records of the Union Army show that the young soldier took part in the Battle of the Wilderness, where the dogged Grant made the supreme effort that broke the backbone of the Southern cause. Meyers was wounded in the Wilderness and sent back to a Philadelphia hospital by train. Through oversight and lack of ability to help himself because of his wound, the young soldier was not taken from the train at Philadelphia but was carried on to Vermont. He was dead when the train reached Brattleboro and his body was placed in Prospect Hill cemetery beside a score of other Union soldiers who had died at the mobilization camp there. Throughout the years Mrs. Meyers had maintained the search for her husband.
Her son grew to manhood, married and his wife born him a son, who was named Daniel Meyers. The grandson took up the investigation which took him to Washington, Philadelphia and Montpelier. Last May he came to Brattleboro and discovered the grave. When the grandson returned to his home in Lancaster, Pa., he carried to his grandmother, then nearly 90 years of age, a photograph of the spot among the Green hills of Vermont where her soldier husband had slept, unknown and unclaimed, for nearly sixty-five years.
Contributed by Arleen Huesman