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On September 3, 1901, Theodore Collins Fitch died. He was a veteran of the American Civil War
and had served from the beginning in 1861 all the way to it’s conclusion in
1865. He served in the 6th
Ohio Infantry and the 121st Ohio Infantry, rising from private to
the rank of Captain by wars end. He was
laid to rest in the SylvanCemetery in Citrus
Captain Theodore Collins Fitch did not receive a headstone
for his grave site. Instead there is
simple metal bar in the ground with a small metal tag with his name, age, date
of death and that he was a Civil War Veteran.
Over the 110 years since his death the tag has been bent and wrinkled to
the point that it could no longer be read.
His final resting place almost became an un-marked grave.
After six months of research and building a document file on
Capt. Fitch, a request was made of the Department of Veterans Affair for a
proper military style headstone to place at the grave site. In mid September, the headstone arrived at
the SylvanCemetery. It is a white marble, military style
headstone with all of the information to describe the final resting place of an
On Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11:00 am, there will be a
dedication ceremony at the SylvanCemetery in Citrus
Heights, CA. Members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the
Civil War and Sons of Veterans Reserve Company B, 8 Calif. Infantry Regiment, will take part in
the ceremony – dressed in Civil War Union Blue uniforms. There will be musket salute, drum and bugle
and a formal color guard. The public is
invited and encouraged to attend to pay tribute to an American Veteran who did
not receive the recognition that all veterans deserve.