Welcome to "Remembering the 142nd PVI". The purpose of this site is post pictures, information, and the final resting places of this regiment of the American Civil War. It seeks to tell a "bottom up" history, straight from the common soldiers themselves. If you have any information concerning the 142nd, please email me at bmonticue@gmail.com. Thank you and enjoy.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Those Who Still Remember, Part I

On Sunday May 14, 2011, several men of the 142nd were remembered by an SUV Camp in Upper Turkeyfoot Twp, Somerset County, PA. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Mt Union Church Camp 502 and its Auxiliary held a memorial program in the Kingwood Church of God. They were unable to be outside at the cemetery due to poor weather. The camp laid wreaths on the graves of the Civil War veterans buried at the Kingwood Church of God and Lutheran Cemeteries.

Three of these men were members of Co. C 142nd PA Infantry:

For more information on Jacob Kreger, click here

For more information on Jonas Meyers, click here

For more information on Jacob Phillipi, click here

As previously stated, the memorial service was held inside the Kingwood Church of God. The land for this church was donated by Pvt. Jacob Kreger, and a set of stained glass windows in the sanctuary still bear witness to his generosity.

Stained glass windows from the Kingwood Church of God, Upper Turkeyfoot Twp, Somerset County, PA

Close up of the name panel located in the bottom right of the picture above

Keeping alive the memory of these veterans is an everyday occurence for some. Joshua Sechler, current SUV member and descendent of Pvt. Jonas Meyers, stated:

“Fortunately when I was young my family instilled in me a deep rooted love for our great nation.  I am very proud of my ancestor and all the men and women who fought to decide the fate of our nation during the American Civil War.  It is of the highest importance that we always remember their sacrifices not only on specific holidays, but everyday as we live our lives.”

For more information about what the Sons of Union Veterans are doing in Somerset County, PA, please visit their website at www.mtunion.org/Civil_War.html

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