To the Editor:
This past spring, I was asked to make a presentation for the dedication of a new veterans memorial at the Elmore Cemetery. I told the committee that the only topic I would feel comfortable to speak about would be Civil War veterans.
When the day came, and as I made my presentation, I mentioned that my wife and I had visited Vicksburg National Cemetery to locate the stone of Edwin Marshal Way of Elmore Township who had died during the siege of Vicksburg. I also mentioned that his stone and the vast majority of Civil War era stones were almost unreadable because they were covered with a mold that was the color of used crankcase oil.
After the program was over, Congressman Tim Walz came up to me and said he would have his office look into moldy tombstones. Well, Vicki and I just returned from a tour of several Civil War sites in Dixie and we stopped by Vicksburg National Cemetery to see if anything had changed. To our delight, there were thousands of nice clean tombstones to greet us.
Thank you, Rep. Walz, and your staff. A wrong has been corrected.