WASHIGTON – A Civil War memorial service was I honor of Pvt.
James Voorhes in Old Washington Sunday at the Elizabethtown
served in the Union Army Co. E, 122nd OVI and 20th
VRC from Aug. 21, 1862, to Oct. 19, 1864.
was wounded at the Battle of Wilderness in May 1864, but it
was a cannonball to the leg during the Battle of Cedar
Creek, Va., on October 19, 1864, that caused him to use
crutches the rest of his life. He received a full pension of
$16 per month for his service.
was born in Belmont County in 1819 and moved to Wills
Township, Guernsey County, in 1830. He resided there until
his death in 1901, working as a blacksmith, a farmer and an
had five brothers who also served in the Union Army. His
son, John Lewis Voorhes, served in the 85th OVI
as a prison guard at Camp Chase. John served one month and
18 days before drowning in the Scioto River – he was 14 year
old. John, who told recruiters he was 16, is buried in
Guernsey County in an unmarked grave.
service was requested by Voorhes’ great-great-granddaughter,
Joyce Jaros of Columbus, who discovered her
great-great-grandfather’s contributions after researching
her family’s genealogy.
service was organized by the Civil War Roundtable and
included Civil War re-enactors, Civil War Color Guards, Old
Washington Boy Scouts, prayer led by the Rev. Beth
Stillwagon of Old Washington United Methodist Church and a
firing squad for the 21-gun salute.
Eagleson, portraying General Shackelsford, conducted the
Refreshments were served for the large crowd that gathered.
here is Pvt. James Voorhes’ headstone following the removal
of the mourning cloth in a ceremony dubbed the “Unveiling of
Shown here next to Pvt.
James Voorhes headstones, before its unveiling, l to r, are
Voorhes’ great-great-granddaughter Joyce Jaros of Columbus
in Civil War Costume, Old Washington Mayor Diane Barnes and
Guernsey County Commissioner Steve Allen. The ceremony took
place in Old Washington at the Elizabethtown Cemetery on