Old Guard Soldiers lay Revolutionary War Veteran who served with Washington to final resting place - INCREDIBLE DETAILS!

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Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, (The Old Guard) carry the remains of an American Revolutionary War veteran Samuel Howard during a re-interment ceremony on May 12, 2017 at Resthaven Cemetery in Baxter, Kentucky. The family’s remains were exhumed from Wix Howard Cemetery in Harlan, Kentucky due to erosion. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes)


He served seven years under General George Washington’s command and even witnessed British General Cornwallis surrender 8,000 British soldiers to Washington in 1781 at Yorktown, VA


Story by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes


Clouds hung low overhead creating a soft and divine backdrop around the small cemetery that morning. The sound of rain hitting the blush green leafs of trees surrounding the quant outdoor chapel is all that can be heard.

Generations of family members, friends, local officials and members from the community slowly gathered into the chapel, located at the bottom of the cemetery’s rolling hills.

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) participated in a reinterment ceremony for an American Revolutionary War veteran Samuel Howard, his wife and their infant on May 12, 2017, at Resthaven Cemetery in Baxter, Kentucky.

Brig. Gen. Mark Toy, commander of The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division, presents the national colors to Sharon Osborne, a descendent of American Revolutionary War veteran Samuel Howard, during a reinterment ceremony on May 12, 2017 at Resthaven Cemetery in Baxter, Kentucky. Osborne worked closely with USACE representatives to save the family’s remains from eroding away in the Cumberland River. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes)


“Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work accomplished by the corps and the Howard family along with local officials to save these remains,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Toy, commander of The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division, (USACE SPD). “This is an example of the Army’s commitment to taking care of Soldiers and their families in life and beyond.”

Howard died on December 5, 1840 in Harlan County, Kentucky. He was 78 years old.

Howard, Chloe his wife and their unnamed infant were originally laid to rest over 177 years ago at Highlands Cemetery in Cumberland, Kentucky. 


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