Mission to Clean and Maintain Gravesite-Monument
The Col. G.L. Willard Camp 154, in cooperation with the Department of New York SUVCW,
has formally adopted the gravesite of General George Thomas and the Kellogg family.
The monument, located in Oakwood Cemetery, has recently been cleaned by the Camp
with the assistance of Mr. Joe Ferannini of Grave Stone Matters.
Regular work parties will be mustered to trim grass, rake leaves and generally assist cemetery staff
in keeping the gravesite neat and trimmed.
We are hoping to undertake larger projects. But prior to any effort discussions with, and approvals from,
the cemetery association will be needed. At this time the priority will be to assess the monument,
determine what is needed for grouting between monument components and crack repair and then move forward.
Updates will be posted as the project progresses.
How You Can Help-Donate Here
Your Donations go towards the Maintenance and Continued Cleaning of the Gen. George Thomas Gravesite-Monument Lot.
Send your Check payable to: "Friends of Oakwood Cemetery"
On For Line: Put "G.L. Willard Camp"
Col. George L. Willard Camp No.154 SUVCW
P.O. Box 13681 Albany,NY
To Volunteer your Time and Assistance with Cleanups
Please Check out our Camp Events Page for Future Seasonally Regularly Scheduled Cleanup Events.
Some Before and After Shots and Work Completed Thus Far....
Before Shots of Gen. Thomas Monument from October 2011
Willard Camp was notified in an August 1, 2012 letter from Mr. Bernie Vogel of the Troy Cemetery Association, Inc.
(Oakwood Cemetery) that the trustees accepted our adoption of the the Kellogg Family plot that holds General George Thomas.
which recognized Willard Camp’s adoption of the gravesite in concert with the Department and encouraged support of the project.
On September 8, 2012 Camp members assembled at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, NY to kick off the General Thomas gravesite project.
The Camp was fortunate to retain the services of Mr. Joe Ferannini of Grave Stone Matters. We purchased two gallons of D/2 cleaner using the donations from the Department of New York and Brother Roland Neiss of the D.G. Caywood Camp #146.
In addition to Joe Ferannini, five brothers attended along with our faithful volunteer Alysia Hamilton.
In a few hours we were able to clean the entire monument
and Alysia completed a significant amount of work on grave markers of various members of the Kellogg family.
We were able to finish working, clean the work site and pack Joe’s truck and trailer just in time –
a torrential downpour helped complete our work by giving all of the monuments a terrific final rinse!
After Shots of Monument; Front and Back; Taken After Camp Cleaning on September 8th, 2012
Containing herein are "Before" and "After" photos of the Eagle that tops the Gen. George Thomas Monument
at his gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery.
There is a significant improvement in the eagle; stains at other locations have been reduced and, although this photo does not show it,
significant biological growth was removed from the remainder of the monument.
After Shot of Thomas Eagle
Bibliography on General Thomas
Bobrick, B. The Battle of Nashville: General George H. Thomas and the Most Decisive Battle of the the Civil War.
Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House), 2010.
Bobrick, Benson. Master of War, the Life of General George H. Thomas. Simon & Shuster, New York, NY. 2009.
Wills, Brian Steel. George Henry Thomas, As True as Steel. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 2012.
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