BRADFORD COUNTY CIVIL WAR MONUMENTS
Riverside Cemetery, Towanda
Post #68 was the Watkins Post located in Towanda. Named for Guy Hulett Watkins, Lieutenant Colonel who was instrumental in organizing the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and was killed at Petersburg, Va. in the area loosely referred to as the Hare House, June 18, 1864.
During a charge he was mortally wounded, carried back to the lines, requested a reading from the Bible of the 14th chapter of St John and peacefully breathed his last breath while cradled in the arms Capt Atkinson.
The following is the inscription on the tablet:
RESTORATION EFFORT FOR LOCAL MONUMENT
Winter 2013/14 Update on the GAR Monument Project:
The Private Silas Gore Camp #141, of the nationwide Sons of Union Veterans organization, is undertaking an estimated $8,000 restoration effort aimed at providing a protective pavilion over a Civil War era GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) stone tablet in Riverside Cemetery, Towanda.
The tablet had been placed on May 31, 1868, the very first Memorial Day, by local Civil War veterans who were members of the GAR Watkins Post #68, located in Towanda borough. It was dedicated in memory of their fallen brethren.
Monday, June 3, 2013, at 5:00 PM, members of the Private Silas Gore Camp #141 will gather to remove the stone from its present setting. The monument will be moved to a storage area to protect it during the construction phase.
Donations towards this worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Kurt D. Lafy, Camp Commander, for further details. (570) 637-5103Refurbishment Outline (opens in separate popup window)
Grand Army of The Republic Pennsylvania Monuments