Honoring a Civil War Veteran

Although Washington State did not send troops to the Civil War (1861-1865), after the war veterans from all over the USA chose to come to the Pacific Northwest to start new lives.

Cemeteries all around the Seattle area contain graves of Civil War veterans who chose to spend the rest of their lives here.  Civil War Seattle is a project to highlight and honor these veterans. Here is the wonderful story of how the grave of Captain Hoyt of the Iron Brigade was located and now commemorated.

On Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 1 PM there will be a thirty-minute ceremony of recognition for Captain Hoyt of the 7th Wisconsin, whose grave lay unmarked for one hundred years in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Seattle’s Queen Anne hill.  Join us as we gather to recognize and honor the Civil War service of Iron Brigade officer, Captain John Marshall Hoyt of the 7th Wisconsin Infantry.

Headstone of Captain Hoyt at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Since his death in 1923, Captain Hoyt had been at rest in Seattle’s Mount Pleasant cemetery in an unmarked grave.  This year Civil War Seattle led an effort to obtain a federal veteran’s headstone to help ensure that Captain Hoyt’s Civil War legacy was honored and remembered.

Saturday, September 4th, 2021 at 1 PM at Captain Hoyt’s gravesite in Seattle’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery, we will come together in remembrance of this valiant, twice-wounded in action Civil War officer.  We plan to offer a livestream of the event on Facebook for those who cannot attend in-person.

Historic Mount Pleasant Cemetery is located at 700 W. Raye Street, Seattle WA, atop Queen Anne hill.  Captain Hoyt’s gravesite location is in the northeast corner of the cemetery.  The dedication ceremony will begin at 1 PM.  Feel free to bring flowers to leave at Captain Hoyt’s headstone.

There is room to park on the roads within the cemetery, just be conscious of leaving space to allow other vehicles to pass. There is some street parking on W. Raye Street and also 8th Avenue W.

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer writer of neighborhood history in Seattle.
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