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Aquila Belt Crow
Civil War Veteran
Excerpts from obits in San Pedro, CA where he was visiting my grandmother and the Globe in Grand Junction, Greene Co., IA where his ashes were buried in the cemetery.
Corporal Aquila Belt Crow, 1838 - 1925. enlisted at Anamosa, Iowa, September 10, 1861 and was mustered out of service July 18, 1865. He belonged to the (Co.B) 9th Regiment, Third Brigade, first Division, 15th Army Corps. He was wounded at Vicksburg, Miss., May 20, 1863. Total number of engagements: 30.
"Mr. Crow was a familiar visitor to Grand Junction at every Decoration time when he would return from the Soldiers Home or wherever he was visiting. No decoration ever passed that he was not seen in the line of march here. For about forty years he resided in and around Grand Junction where he had many fast friends among the older residents and also many friends among those of younger years. "
"At San Pedro, CA full military honors were held in honor of the deceased, a letter from that place describing the ceremony, in part, as follows: He was dressed in navy blue suit, his best one, and a white broad cloth shirt, and a black silk tie. He had a small silk flag on his breast and the regulation flag from Ft. McArthur was on his casket. There was an abundance of flowers with one immense basket of red, white, and blue carnations. Rev. Grice of the M. E. Church preached the funeral services and Chaplain Patrick of the Pacific fleet took charge of the services and paid a really wonderful tribute to him as a war veteran. The full services of the W. R. C. were held over the casket and all the war veterans of '65 were there. His ashes arrived in Grand Junction on Saturday at noon. The funeral services were held on Tuesday, the ashes being taken to the Legion Hallhere where a military service in charge of Ray Hawbaker Post, No. 28, was held. At the grave Rev. G. S. Davis of the local Presbyterian church pronounced the final rites after which the Post members gave the final military salute over the grave of the dead."
Submitted by Marjorie A. Nemitz, great granddaughter