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DEDICATION OF GRAVE MARKERS FOR UNION VETERANS - APRIL 29TH

By Mark Terry
You are invited to a Headstone Dedication Ceremony at the Western State Hospital Historic Patient Cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park; (9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498) on Saturday, April 29, 2017 beginning at 2:00 pm.

The ceremony is being organized by the Gov. Isaac Stevens Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), supported by Co. B, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Sons of Veterans Reserve and Grave Concerns Association.  Research by James Dimond of the SUVCW & PSCWRT led to identifying the unmarked gravesites of Sergeant Bean and Private Blanchard. The marker for Sergeant Cooley will be rededicated.

Sergeant Oliver W. Bean
Bean was born in 1844. He was a resident of Wausau, Wisconsin when he enlisted on 29 August 1864 with the rank of Corporal in Company D, 5th Wisconsin Infantry. He was later promoted to Sergeant. Bean was Mustered out 20 June 1865.

Post-war he married Emily Glidden and eventually moved to Washington State. He died 21 September 1909 at the age of 65 and is buried in plot #995.

Private Thomas Blanchard
Blanchard was born in 1842. At the age of 19, he enlisted at Buffalo, NY on 3 June 1863 with the rank of Private in Company A, 11th N.Y. Heavy Artillery. That unit failed to fill their rolls, and Blanchard was transferred on 21 June 1863 to Company (or Battery) I, 4th N.Y. Heavy Artillery. It should be noted that during the Overland Campaign of 1864, this unit was pulled from their fortifications and performed as infantry in the Army of the Potomac. Blanchard was mustered out 26 September 1865 at Washington, D.C. He died 2 March 1917 at the age of 75 and is buried in plot #1477.

Sergeant Charles Wesley Cooley
Cooley was born 20 May 1844 at Bloomville, Seneca County, Ohio. At the age of 17, Cooley enlisted on 18 August 1861 as a Private. He served in Company G, 49th Ohio Infantry for the duration of the Civil War. The 49th fought in the Western Theater in battles such as Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Atlanta Campaign, Franklin and Nashville. He mustered out as a Sergeant in Texas in 1865. Postwar, he was married, moved to Missouri and then to Goldendale, Klickitat County, Washington Territory. After suffering a massive stroke in 1889, he was admitted to Western State Hospital, where he died on 3 May 1891 after having a second stroke.

Cooley was buried in plot #200. Ms. Sandy Boudrou provided the information on Sgt. Cooley, whose grave marker was first placed in 2009.