- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) - The Brighton Area Historical Society recently rebuilt a broken 500-pound headstone for a local Civil War soldier.

A rededication will be held Saturday for the Lt. Col. John Gilluly headstone, the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell (https://bit.ly/1vNQqNl ) reported. The public is invited to the Old Village Cemetery for the ceremony, which is part of the town’s Veterans Day celebration.

Jim Vichich, president of the Historical Society, said it’s important to “see and realize who the man was and what he gave his life for.”

Gilluly was a teacher in Brighton and later attended the University of Michigan to become an attorney, according to Vichich. He volunteered to serve during the Civil War and was killed in battle in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at age 38.

The ornate headstone marking Gilluly’s grave had broken into three pieces and was slowly sinking into the ground.

“It was disgraceful, disrespectful to our local hero who died,” Vichich said.

But volunteers from the Historical Society and Gilluly-Kingsley Camp No. 120 in Howell repaired the headstone using epoxy to glue and creating a secure base. They plan to repair 140 headstones in the cemetery.


Information from: Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, https://www.livingstondaily.com

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