- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

WORTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Gravestones belonging to three brothers who served during the Civil War are in much better shape thanks to the efforts of a Croswell man.

John, Joseph and Daniel Wixson had been all but forgotten when Bill Moskwa happened upon their graves in an overgrown copse of trees on a farm in Sanilac County’s Worth Township.

John’s headstone was askew and half-buried beneath leaves and dirt, and two concrete blocks were all that marked the final resting place for Joseph and Daniel, their initials in the gray stone worn and weathered.

Moskwa gathered records and history on the Wixsons and petitioned the government for new headstones for Joseph and Daniel in the hidden cemetery.

An American Legion post plans a ceremony at the site Saturday to honor the brothers’ service.

Moskwa says the ceremony will have special importance the day after July 4.

“In the Revolutionary War, soldiers fought for independence,” Moskwa told the Times Herald of Port Huron (https://bwne.ws/VmEnvR ). “These guys fought to maintain it.”

Ruth and Tom Walls, who own the farm where the cemetery is located, had to verify that they were relatives of the Wixsons to secure the new headstones for Joseph and Daniel.

Tom Walls’ mother was a Wixson, Ruth Walls said.

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Information from: Times Herald, https://www.thetimesherald.com

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