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Cemetery walk features Civil War veterans

SYCAMORE – Joseph Listy was born in Switzerland in 1841. After immigrating to the United States as a young boy with his parents, he enlisted with Company K, 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers Infantry on Sept. 4, 1864.

According to the Sycamore True Republican, Listy’s wrist was so badly shattered by a bullet during the Battle of Richmond that “he was hardly able to use the member.”

He was hospitalized until the war ended.

Listy is one of eight local Civil War veterans who will be featured during the Sycamore History Museum’s 15th annual cemetery walk, “Etched in Stone,” on Sunday at Elmwood Cemetery. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the cemetery’s Charles Street entrance.

“This is always one of our most popular programs,” said Michelle Donahoe, executive director of the Sycamore History Museum. “This year’s cemetery walk will be a great example of how our local history connects to national history.”

Museum archives Chairwoman Ann Rosenfeld said the committee spent more than six months researching the project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

“We try to do something a little different every year,” she said.

Although no battles were fought in Sycamore, Rosenfeld said she thinks as many as 644 DeKalb County men served in the war, 225 of whom are buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

The walk will feature veterans buried in the cemetery’s Soldiers Row by the Sons of Union Veterans. In addition to Listy, other veterans to be featured are Peter Butts, James Petrie, Sven Peterson, Enoch Marchant, Edward Williams, Benjamin Snow and Rueben Collins Brown.

The walk also will include stories about the 1865 cemetery gates, which were built during the war, a Civil War correspondent and the Women’s Relief Corps. The afternoon will end with veteran Sam Jones playing taps.
The suggested donation is $5 a person. 

For information, call 815-895-5762 or visit

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