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Honor Overdue: Civil War veteran's grave needs military headstone

October 16, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Jason Tindall, commander of VFW Post 249 in Butler, left, and Chad Slater, a Civil War re-enactor, show the gravesite of Civil War veteran Andrew Williams in North Side Cemetery in Butler. Slater and the VFW are working to get Williams' grave a military headstone.
Andrew Williams was an officer in the 63rd Pa. Infantry during the Civil War, but he has never received a military headstone. Paperwork is being filed with the Veterans Affairs department to change that. Submitted photo

Civil War veteran, state legislator and Butler resident Andrew Williams has never been given his due.

That's the opinion of Civil War re-enactor Chad Slater and Jason Tindall, commander of VFW Post 249 in Butler, who are working to have a military headstone placed on Williams' grave in the North Side Cemetery at 1002 N. Main St., nearly 100 years after his death.

Slater learned about Williams through Slater's involvement with the 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War re-enactment group named after a Union infantry organized in 1861 in Pittsburgh.

“I had gotten 'Under the Red Patch,' a history of the 63rd,” Slater said. “That's how I found out about Williams.”

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