Lexington Cemetery is the final home for nearly 90 Civil War Veterans. We will point out a few soldier markers and you will notice many more on your drive. In SECTION 1 remember Ephraim Edwards, an Englishman brought to America, became an orphan in Ohio, served in Co. A 49 th Ohio Vol. Inf. and was one of the most wounded soldiers to survive the war. Another previous mention on our tour was J.P. Curry (log marker) who served in Co E 3 rd Regiment of the West Virginia Inf. On the same lot is George Michael Hefner, born to Peter and Betsy Hefner in 1846, joined Co C of the 94 th Illinois as a teenager and marched off to the war, which quickly made many Lexington boys into men!
With Memorial Day still in our hearts and our local Legion celebrating their 100th year, our focus for this tour is on US soldiers of the early 20 th century who fought for the first time overseas. We have several Spanish American War Veterans and nearly 50 WWI Veterans laid to rest in the Lexington Cemetery. On the first road look left in SECTION 2 for a military pair - father Orselle Arnold Bray served in Troop B 1st Ill Vol Cav in the Spanish American War, came home, married Grace Wood and 20 years later his only son Wayne Wood Bray served in Co B 1 st Engineers in the Army of Occupation in Germany during WWI – “like father, like son”- and grandfather Bray had been in Civil War, too!