Volunteers Needed for War of 1812 Soldier Grave Marker Project
The Ohio Society, U. S. Daughters of 1812, is looking for volunteers with digital cameras to help in a project to photograph the grave markers of the over 7,000 known veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Ohio cemeteries. This project is part of Ohio’s War of 1812 Bicentennial commemoration, and supported by the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, a state legislated commission made up of citizen volunteers.Mrs. Susan Leininger, President of the Ohio Society of Daughters of 1812 explained, “The Society is developing a searchable website of all of the veterans buried in Ohio at http://www.ohiodaughters1812.org/graveindex . If you go to the website and search under your county, you can see which cemeteries have veterans buried there, and the names of the veterans identified thus far.” Photos of the veteran’s grave marker, his wife’s grave marker, and a photo of the cemetery sign are displayed, as available, on each veteran’s web page. Leininger noted that this is a work-in-progress, and the veteran list should not yet be considered complete.
Volunteers are needed across the state to help document these grave markers. If you are interested in taking digital photos of one or more cemeteries in your county, please contact State President Susan Leininger at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something for your community in honor of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. This is a great service project for groups like Scouts, or for anyone who wants to be part of the bicentennial celebration. For more information on this project and other War of 1812 Bicentennial events, please visit www.warof1812.ohio.gov