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  • New headstone honors Civil War vet

  • More than a century after he was laid to rest, Civil War veteran Ezekiel Colby will finally receive a proper gravestone.
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  • More than a century after he was laid to rest, Civil War veteran Ezekiel Colby will finally receive a proper gravestone.
    With his descendants in attendance and members of the Cascade Civil War Society re-enactors saluting in his honor, a headstone for the Union soldier will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Saturday in Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Merlin. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
    Colby was 73 when he died on Jan. 26, 1907. He was born in Erie County, N.Y., on July 29, 1833, and served the country from July 1861 to July 1865, records show.
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is providing the headstone, which will include his name, date of birth and death, and the fact he served with the 20th Regiment Indiana Volunteers.
    Established in the 1860s, Pleasant Valley Cemetery can be found by traveling north of Grants Pass on Interstate 5 to the Hugo exit, then southwest on Monument Drive for 2.2 miles. The cemetery is on the left just past School House Creek Road.
    — Paul Fattig
    Read more in Saturday's Mail Tribune.
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