A barren grave site of a Civil War veteran is no longer unmarked after a 142-year wait, due to the efforts of two descendants.
John Cranston, a Civil War Union soldier from Co. A 17th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Infantry, died May 19, 1871, after the war. He is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne.
For 142 years, his grave was unmarked.
Recently, military records were verified by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs with a request for a standard headstone on Oct. 9. The VA verified all of the information about John Cranston. Twenty-one days later, on Oct. 30, a headstone was placed on the grave by the veterans group, which also paid for it.
Now, on this veterans day, his grave is finally recognized, 142 years later.