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Local Civil War veteran's grave dedicated

More than 100 people gathered at the Pike Grace Brethren Church Cemetery in Mundys Corner
on Sunday, September 30, 2002, to dedicate the final resting place of Civil War Veteran, Pvt. Jeremiah McDade "Irvin." Pvt. McDade is buried in the family plot. Mr. McDade's service record was read by a member of an honor guard of private individuals dressed in replicated Union Army uniforms. The soldiers were members of the John T. Crawford #43 Camp in Kittanning, and the Col. Jacob M. Campbell #14 Camp based in Johnstown. The men dress as Civil War soldiers and re-enact battles and ceremonies related to the Civil War.

Reports indicated that in order to enlist at age 15, McDade had assumed another identity under the name Irvin, under which he was known in the military. After the war, to receive benefits, he continued to use the pseudonym. Because of the dual identities, after his death his family put off the military honors for him. Recent family genealogy research established his true identity, at which his descendants put up the tombstone and arranged this honor.

Ed Hritz played "Lord Lovat's Lament" and "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes.

Jeremiah McDade, 3, the great-great grandson and namesake of the honored veteran, placed a small American flag and sheaths of wheat on the grave.


Sheaths of wheat, denoting eternal life, along with flowers, were laid at the base of the tombstone also by women dressed in Civil War-era dresses and bonnets. The women are members of the Sarah A. Crawford Auxiliary to the #43 Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.



A 21-gun salute was made while "Taps" was played nearby. A 35-star American Flag was presented to James Shellhammer, a descendant of Pvt. McDade.

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