Friday, December 2, 2011
Mark Townsend, Civil War Veteran
According to the American Civil War Soldiers database, a part of the military databases of Ancestry Library Edition, Mark Townsend enlisted as a Private in the U.S. Army on October 8, 1863, at the age of 18. He entered Company I of the 12th Ohio Cavalry on November 24, 1863. Just a short time later, Mark Townsend died of disease in Sandusky, Ohio, on December 2, 1863. The Oakland Cemetery interment card states that Mark Townsend died of diphtheria. He was first buried in Block 31 at Oakland Cemetery, but later his remains were removed to the G.A.R. lot at Oakland, where he rests in peace along with many other Sandusky area Civil War veterans.
Another Ancestry Library Edition database is Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1879-1903. This database has a record of the tombstone being provided for Mark Townsend. It was created by W.H. & F.S. Gross of Lee, Massachusetts. Click here to read more about Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans. The National Archives has in its holdings 22 rolls of microfilm with more than 160,000 card records about these tombstones.