Long Branch, New Jersey

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BereniceUK

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I'd done some online research into Long Branch and the nearby towns but hadn't found anything ACW-related for Long Branch itself. Still, I thought, there was bound to be at least a Veterans Memorial of some description.

What a surprise! I initially thought I was going to be disappointed but a 15 minute walk from my hotel brought me, by complete chance, to Greenlawn Cemetery in West Long Branch. Most of the headstones in the immediate vicinity of the monument appeared to be ACW veterans', although some of the inscriptions are now almost unreadable. Dotted around the rest of the cemetery are several other ACW veterans. (It's unclear as to whether there were two separate cemeteries which, over time, have merged into one; there's a very big Hebrew burial ground with its own veterans' memorial.)

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J. Adam Burner. Company D, 5th Ohio Cavalry.
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William T. Cobb. Born 1840, died 1913.
Company I, 20th Pennsylvania Infantry.
1st Sergeant, Company F, 5th New Jersey Infantry.
Company D, 2nd U.S. Cavalry.
U.S. Navy.
Captain, Company B, 3rd New Jersey Infantry.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=cobb&GSfn=william&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=33&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=12334803&df=all&
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Henry L. Froat. Company K, 5th New Jersey Volunteers. Died 29th March 1899, aged 51 years, 8 months and 25 days.
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Thomas Havens. Company D, 23rd New Jersey Volunteers. Died aged 65.
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William Lacour. Company D, 14th New Jersey Volunteers. Born 1843, died 1918.
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Private Abraham Pierce. Company K, 5th New Jersey Infantry. Born 1831, died 1898.
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James Robb. U.S. Navy USS 'John Griffith' Born 18th January 1845, died 6th October 1898.

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Samuel Wolcott. Company F, 38th New Jersey Volunteers. Born 16th May 1841, died 5th October 1900.
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And then the icing on the cake. Another short walk took me into the old downtown of Long Branch where I saw St Luke's United Methodist Church. Not expecting the church to be open on a Friday afternoon I walked round the outside, trying to read the reverse of the various inscriptions on the stained glass windows, and spotted a window dedicated to a WWII sergeant. That gave me the incentive to see if I could get access to the church to take a photo, and the side door was unlocked as there was a food bank distribution going on. A lady wearing an Antietam sweatshirt took me to see the window I'd spotted and then she showed me the window below....
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I was completely gobsmacked! No way had I thought I'd find anything like this.
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Here you can see, from the outside, how the window was built into the wall.
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So you can never know what you might find in the unlikeliest places. Long Branch, New Jersey, turned out to be one of the highlights of my holiday.
 
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I think it was probably the unlit interior of the church that showed the stained glass to such good effect.

Here's some information on George W. Childs.
 
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