Gone but Not Forgotten: After 148 years a Civil War Veteran is honored

June 3, 2010 —

John S. Weed’s headstone in the Lime Creek Cemetery.

John S. Weed was buried in the Medina Township’s Lime Creek Cemetery in January 1862. He has rested there since that time with no recognition for his military service.

Private John S. Weed at the age of 18 enlisted on December 5, 1861 for 3 years in Company E 3rd Michigan Cavalry. He was mustered into service on December 16, 1861, and was sent to Benton Barracks, in St Louis, Missouri where he died of disease in January 1862.

The Lime Creek Cemetery has a unique monument located in the center of the cemetery that remembers 33 area men who lost their lives during the American Civil War. This monument is thought to be the second oldest monument honoring Civil War Veterans in Lenawee County.

Jim Malarney who grew up in the area has been doing some research on the different men listed on this monument. Jim says that each of these 33 men has an interesting story to tell. For example some of them are related; some served in the Regular United States Army while others served in Michigan raised units. Many of these men took part in many of the very famous battles of the Civil War.

Private John S. Weed who lost his life in Military Service for the Union is one ofthe 33 men listed on the memorial. Jim has uncovered the unique thing about John S. Weed is that he is the only one of the 33 men listed that is actually buried in the Lime Creek Cemetery ..

The following is taken from the Hudson Post Newspaper dated January 25, 1862:

“At Camp Benton, St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday, the 15th inst., John S. Weed, aged 18 years.

“The deceased was a son of Mr. J. A. Weed, ofthis village, and enlisted in Kellogg’s Cavalry, at this place, about two months ago. No intelligence of his sickness was received here, until his corpse arrived on Friday, and a letter merely announcing his death. The supposition is that his disease was lung fever.”

There is no Military Head Stone marking his grave site. There is however family stones that have been well preserved. They are located some 4 or 5 rows east if you enter the south entrance of the cemetery. Going north from the road way his Father is buried, John A. Weed, 1816 – 1880, next is his Mother Emeline Weed, 1813 — 1858, then John S. Weed, 1843 — 1862 and next to John is his Sister Mary Ann Weed, 1850 – 1867.

This 2010 Memorial Dayan American Flag was placed at John S. Weed’s grave to honor him for his service, hopefully future generation will also honor him.

Malarney has perhaps 80 pages of material he has uncovered regarding these 33 men from the local area that made the supreme sacrifice for their country. He hopes to publish this in book form at a later date.