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Bringing a Civil War soldier home

The transfer of Private Jewitt Williams' ashes from Iowa to Illinois.
The transfer of Private Jewitt Williams' ashes from Iowa to Illinois.

The American Legion Honor Guard along with approximately 60 motorcycles with the Patriot Guard participated in a ceremony to help deliver the ashes of a Civil War soldier, Private Jewitt Williams, back to his home in Maine. The event took place Friday, Aug. 5. The trek began in the state of Oregon. The ultimate destination is at Togus in the state of Maine, where Williams will be buried next to his brother. The ashes have been transferred by the Patriot Guard. Each state captain has transferred the ashes to the next state captain. The procession stopped at the Road Ranger Truck Stop in Princeton on Friday. Williams fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. He was originally a member of the 20th Maine under the command of Joshua Chamberlain. After the war, he lived in Minnesota and Washington state before spending his final years in Salem, Ore. He died in 1922. He was cremated, and his ashes were stored away with 3,000 others.

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