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Fayette County: Hawkeye
GPS Coordinates: 42.979483 by -92.022367
Last Soldier John Gager Memorial
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John Thurston Gager (1840-1939) was the last Civil War Soldier in Fayette County. He was a member of Co. B, 105th Illinois Infantry. See the obituary below for much more information. The Last Soldier plaque was installed and the ceremony honoring him were held September 10, 2005 at Bethel Cemetery in NW Fayette County. Between West Union and Fredericksburg on Highway 18, take V Avenue north one mile to the cemetery. Thank you to Ron Rittel for providing the obituary and to Court Stahr for his leadership in obtaining the plaque and honoring John Gager. The first photo was taken 6/3/21 - the second one 7/2/13.