A ceremony honoring Washington County’s last Civil War Veteran was held on Sunday.
Along the Rose Hill Cemetery lies Hagerstown’s last Civil War veteran, Jacob Snively. Snively passed away on February 13th, 1940. He was 99-years-old.
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War dedicated a plaque in honor of his memory and sacrifice.
“It’s an honor. It’s hard to explain the feeling, knowing that I have a great-great grandfather served knowing you can’t forget,” said George Chapman, Camp Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
Snively served in the Union Army during the Civil War. The bronze plaque was placed in front of his gravestone that he shares with his wife Nancy. Those in attendance show their gratitude.
“Getting rid of slavery and creating a union under one government and maintaining that,” said Danielle Vance, secretary-treasurer of the Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans.
Snively was also part of the Grand Army of the Republic. Officials said all the veterans that were part of that organization had a star placed on their grave when they passed away.
Through the years, some of those stars have gone missing so veterans had to be re-found and the stars given back to them. This day was a reminder to remember those who sacrificed so much.
“It’s important to remember this history so we don’t repeat it. We remember the sacrifices a lot of these men, many who never made it home,” said Stuart Younkin, past camp commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War:
The plaque was made with the help of a man in Wisconsin.