Presentation State Color Flag, 25th Mass. Volunteer Infantry.

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Presentation Color, 25th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer. Massachusetts State House Battle Flag Collection, 1987.274. Courtesy Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State House Art Commission. Presented by ladies of Worcester Mar 64. Rtn 1866–not listed in AG reports as of 31 Dec 65, present 31 Dec 66. Made by Thomas Savory of Boston (Letter) Blue. Visible side of flag is reverse, obverse shows typical gold Savory eagle, on its chest the Union shield with “25th.” painted over stars in blue chief,
and “REGT. MASS. / VOLS.” across stripes.

Through the courtesy of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State House Art Commission, I was extremely fortunate to obtain permission to share a rare color slide of the 25th Massachusetts Presentation State Color Flag, presented by the ladies of Worcester in March 1864, just months before Private George W. Gould sacrificed his life at Cold Harbor to save the Union and end human chattel slavery. The flag is beautiful, if in particularly fragmentary condition. I am thrilled to add this additional element to honor the memory of Private Gould.

Wreaths Across America 2020

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As part of my commitment to Wreaths Across America 2020, I made the long drive today to Paxton MA to lay a wreath on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Pvt. George W. Gould of the 25th Mass. Vol. Infantry, who sacrificed his life at the bloody battle of Cold Harbor in 1864 to save the Union & end human chattel slavery. There is a tag on the wreath that tells his story & links to the transcribed Civil War correspondence of Pvt. Gould on this website.  The two flags in front are ones I placed there earlier this year, on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  Huzzah to Pvt. George W. Gould!

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Memorial Day 2020

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On Memorial Day, I drove an hour to an ancient cemetery to place a flag on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Private George W. Gould, who sacrificed his life to save the Union and end human chattel slavery. As I honor him, I also honor all those who died for our freedom.

Placing a Flag on the Grave of Pvt. George W. Gould

Memorial Day 2020

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Wreaths Across America 2019

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As part of my commitment to Wreaths Across America 2019, I drove to Paxton MA to lay a wreath on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Pvt. George W. Gould, who sacrificed his life at the bloody battle of Cold Harbor in 1864 to save the Union and end human chattel slavery. There is a tag on the wreath that tells his story and links to the transcribed Civil War correspondence of Pvt. Gould on this website. I am gratified to see that flags I placed on his grave on Memorial Day & Veterans Day are still in place and waving o’er the snowy landscape. Huzzah Pvt. Gould!

Placing a Wreath on the Grave of Pvt. George W. Gould

Wreaths Across America 2019

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Cleaning George W. Gould’s Gravestone

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AVEM0937Before (L.) and After (R.) … Today, July 15, 2019,  I made the long drive to Paxton, MA with the express purpose of cleaning the gravestone of my adopted Civil War soldier, Private George W. Gould.  I purchased a professional conservation kit, studied up a bit, and then spent 1 1/2 hours cleaning and scrubbing the stone. The results are quite extraordinary!
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When I arrived I was pleased to see that the flag I had placed on Memorial Day was still there, along with the laminated tag I had attached to it referencing this project that includes a link to this website.

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On my last visit, I noticed how bad the stone looked: dirty, discolored and marred with lichen and other growths.

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I came equipped with a professional conservation cleaning kit that I had purchased, which was recommended to me by someone who regularly tends to soldiers’ graves.  I also brought along several gallons of water. I read the instructions prepared by a conservator carefully, watched a helpful video, and set off on a mission to carefully clean this stone.

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While the final phase of cleaning involves utilizing a biologic called D/2, a safe biodegradable liquid that removes stains from mold, algae, mildew, lichens and air pollutants, most of the process consists of spraying water on the stone and scrubbing. Lots of scrubbing …

Scrubbing the Stone

… lots and lots of scrubbing 

IMG_2357IMG_2358It is tedious work, to some degree, but highly rewarding. And even exciting: gradually, the identifying marks of the original stonecutter became visible at the lower right hand corner of the stone!  This was fully obscured prior to clean. 

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It turned out to be a lot of hard work, but the final result was quite impressive when compared to the original state of the stone!

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The difference is especially apparent when juxtaposed with the nearby grave of Gould’s daughter, Ada, who died of illness in an orphanage when she was only seventeen years old. I plan to return and clean her gravestone next . . .

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My work today is intended as a tribute and a salute to Private George W. Gould, who died at Cold Harbor in 1864 to save the Union and end human chattel slavery.

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Wreaths Across America 2018

As part of my commitment to Wreaths Across America 2018, I took a 75 minute drive to Paxton MA to lay a wreath on the grave of my adopted Civil War soldier, Pvt. George W. Gould, who sacrificed his life at the bloody battle of Cold Harbor in 1864 to save the Union and end human chattel slavery. There is a tag on the wreath that tells his story and links to the transcribed Civil War correspondence of Pvt. Gould on this website: https://resurrectinglostvoices.com/george-w-gould-letters/ 🇺🇸 🇺🇸

I am gratified to see that flags I placed on his grave on Memorial Day & Veterans Day are still in place. Huzzah Pvt. Gould!

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Veterans Day 2018

On Veterans Day, I drove 75 minutes to Paxton MA to put a flag on the grave of George W. Gould, the Civil War soldier who I have adopted. Pvt. Gould was a true American hero who died in 1864 at the bloody battle of Cold Harbor in Virginia to save the Union and end human chattel slavery. I am humbled by his sacrifice. I installed another flag on his grave, saluted and sang stanzas from the Star Spangled Banner and John Brown’s Body, then thanked him for giving his life so that this nation can still thrive. I feel that by adopting one soldier I can honor all soldiers.  It was wonderful to find that the flag I placed on Memorial Day was still in the ground!

Gould Veterans Day 2018