How often does a community discover and re-bury a Civil War soldier nearly 150 years after his death? Not very often.
How often does the 21st century first son of a 19th Civil War veteran participate in this great honor? Perhaps never. . .until now.
Harold Becker is one of less than two dozen living first-generation sons of Union Civil War veterans (1861-1865).
Mr. Becker, a 93 year old resident of Michigan, was born in 1916 to Charles Conrad Becker (1846-1934) . Mr. Becker was born when his father had lived 70 years, but during his service had witnessed several lifetimes of agony and despair.
Charles Conrad Becker served with the 128th Indiana Infantry from 1864 until 1866. He fought with his regiment during the battles of Franklin and Nashville. He was fortunate enough to survive both and live through the end of the war.
His son, Harold Becker, will attend the re-burial of the unknown Civil War soldier that was unearthed by construction in May of 2009. Mr. Becker will act as an honorary pallbearer and will also take part in the graveside ceremony at Resthaven Cemetary, near downtown Franklin.
The memorial service and its attending activities will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin on Saturday, October 10th.
The event organizers are also searching for a first son of a Confederate Civil War soldier, ideally a soldier who fought the battles of Franklin and Nashville. If you are aware of such a person, please email me at tellinghistory[at]yahoo.com.
Please check back regularly as there will be many more exciting details and information.