Headstones Mark Nebraska Graves of Civil War Vets

Posted 4 months ago

By Associated Press

civil-war-flagsNORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — New headstones mark the final Nebraska resting places of two veterans of the Civil War.

About 50 people gathered Sunday on a quiet hill at Best Cemetery west of Norfolk. They heard a musket volley following a headstone dedication ceremony.

One headstone was for John Wollert, who enlisted in the Union Army in 1864. In 1875 he and his wife filed a claim for a homestead north of Battle Creek and went on to have three children.

The other new headstone marked the grave of Marsee Besst, who enlisted with the 8th Iowa Volunteer Cavalry in 1863. Family members say the 1910 U.S. Census showed him living in Hall County. Records also show that he served as a Norfolk police officer for a time.