Cleaning Union Headstones

Recently, the Lt Col Elihu Hutton Camp 569 SCV started cleaning the headstones of Union soldiers, as part of our respect of all American soldiers, whether they are Confederate, Union or soldiers of other American conflicts.

One of our first cleanings was the headstones of Jesse F. Phares, who served as a scout for the Union army, and the headstone of his wife, Lucinda Phares. We used D2 Biological Solution to clean their headstones, which is the same cleaning solution we used to clean Confederate headstones.

Jesse F. Phares was grievously wounded by a musket ball, which passed through his lungs, on April 23, 1863 in an engagement with Confederate pickets at Beverly, Randolph County, Virginia. Jesse F. Phares gave warning to the Union pickets at Beverly and the Union army evacuated Beverly, leaving Jesse F. Phares behind because of his grievous wound. Lt. Col. Elihu Hutton, commander of Company C, 20th Virginia Cavalry, personally cared for Jesse F. Phares after Beverly was occupied by the Confederate forces that had converged upon Beverly that day.

Jesse F. Phares probably owed his life due to the personal care given him by Lt. Col. Elihu Hutton CSA for fifteen days when he was wounded on April 23, 1863. In all likelihood, Jesse F. Phares would probably have died from his wounds without the special care personally rendered by Lt. Col. Elihu Hutton CSA. Likewise, Jesse F. Phares received his military disability pension due in part to the testimony and support of Lt. Col. Elihu Hutton CSA on his behalf. It is interesting to note that Jesse F. Phares named a son, who was born in 1868, Elihu Phares.

You can read more about Jesse F. Phares and Lt. Col. Elihu Hutton at our post HERE.

The headstone of Lucinda Phares, wife of Jesse F. Phares, had been knocked over and the gravestone base and the headstone were separated and partially covered in the ground. We reset her gravestone base and reset her headstone as part of cleaning their headstones.

Below are photos that were taken before and after cleaning the headstones with D2 Biological Solution.

Jesse F. Phares headstone before cleaning
Jesse F. Phares headstone before cleaning
Jesse F. Phares headstone after cleaning
Jesse F. Phares headstone after cleaning
Lucinda Phares headstone before cleaning
Lucinda Phares headstone before cleaning
Lucinda Phares headstone after cleaning
Lucinda Phares headstone after cleaning

As you can see, D2 Biological Solution did a good job of cleaning the accumulated biological growth that had grown on the headstone. An additional benefit of D2 is it continues to clean the headstone after the initial cleaning.