The lives and war records of the Civil War veterans who are buried in the First Reformed Church cemetery in Pequannock N. J., about 30 miles west of New York, will be discussed during a tour at 10 a.m. Monday.
It will be led by local council member and town historian Ed Englebart. He will pause at the marker for Private James R. Evans of the 62nd New York Infantry who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his action at the Battle of the Wilderness.
Evans’ citation said he “went out in front of the line under fierce fire and in the face of the rapidly advancing enemy, rescued his regimental flag with which the color bearer had fallen.”
There are about 80 Civil war soldiers buried in the cemetery, most from New Jersey or New York, Englebart said. The three-quarters life size statue of a Union soldier atop the grave of Pvt. Cornelius Chandler is the most noticed and most photographed, he said.
“Funny thing is he only served for three months and then he was stationed at Fort William McHenry [in Baltimore] and was on guard duty.”
The cost of the tour, which begins at the church, is $5. For more information, call the Pequannock Township Public Library at 973-835-7460.