W.W. Groves, the last Civil War Veteran of Belmont County will be memorialized at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Salem Cemetery in Kirkwood Township.
A granite marker, placed at the grave of W.W. Groves, will be dedicated in a ceremony conducted by Dan Hinton, commander of the sponsoring organization, Benjamin D. Fearing Camp #2, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
According to a news release thee groups goal is to present a marker on the grave site of the last Union soldier in each of Ohio's 88 counties.
Several of Groves' great-grandchildren are expected to take part in the program.
Groves enlisted in the Union army six days before he turned 19 in 1862. He served three years, during which he was wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness according to sources.
Following the war, Groves taught school for eight years, in addition to farming. He moved to Barnesville following the death of his wife according to a report.
Barnesville's oldest citizen and last Civil War veteran died at age 98 in 1941.