“I had my curiosity about battle quickly satisfied and had no wish to be in another, but Fort Donelson was only the beginning.”- Peter Wilson
“One bullet passed right near my cheek and struck the man right behind me in the head. He fell against me, dead. I do not who he was.”- B. F. Thomas
“All around were dead and wounded. Piles of dead were laid out for burial… sometimes with as many as 60 men in a pile.” -Eleazer Stoakes
These are but a few of the lines to be shared in the stories of some of Traer’s Civil War veterans at the Cemetery Walk to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 14 at Buckingham Cemetery northwest of Traer.
The popular Buckingham Cemetery Walk, sponsored by the Traer Historical Museum, will once again be one of the events during the Winding Stairs Festival weekend. This year in conjunction with activities commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the focus will be on the Wolf Creek Rangers and other Civil War soldiers.
Costumed interpreters will bring local history to life by recreating the poignant, inspiring stories of citizens who answered the Call to Colors during the Civil war. All the stories shared are based on early Traer histories, Traer Star-Clipper newspaper accounts and the narratives of soldiers Peter Wilson and B.F. Thomas
Come hear how the Wolf Creek Rangers of northern Tama County served with the 14th Iowa Company G at the Hornets’ nest at Shiloh and other battles. In addition, Dr. Daniel will share his experiences as a surgeon with the 24th Iowa, while John Howard and Balthasar Best detail their positions at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Everyone is encouraged to spend a historic afternoon in the cemetery and acquire a new sense of earlier times. One does not need to be a Traer native to appreciate the stories. About ninety minutes should be allowed for the tour. Shade is provided and cold drinks will be available. There is no charge for the event, but a free will donation opportunity will be available at the drinks table. Good walking shoes are suggested.
Among the volunteers for this year’s event are Keith Scherrer, Brice Hoyt, Kennon Seda, Bruce Reinders, Tom and Kristy Wicks, Don Stansbery, Bradley Hoyt, Bob Young, Laurie Schafer, Becky Adams, Gordon and Judy Robb, Elsa and Tony Weida.
RIGHT- Bradley Hoyt poses in front of the gravestone of John Espy McKune, a Wolf Creek Ranger who perished in a Civil War prison camp.