Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Soldier's Graves at Washington's Crossing - Tombstone Tuesday

Last summer my husband and I visited Washington's Crossing in Pennsylvania. It was from this location that General George Washington and men of the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776.

One feature of the tour is the soldier's graves located in a shady remote area of the park. Here you will find the graveyard to honor Captain-Lieutenant James Moore and the "unknown" who died during the encampment.

In Memory of Many Unknown Soldiers of the Continental Army
Who Died From Sickness And
Exposure While Encamped In
These Fields Before The
Battle Of Trenton And Where
Buried At This Spot
Christmas Day 1776
Erected By The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1929


  1. Deb, I have an ancestor that tradition says died at Valley Forge. So this is very interesting for me. Someday I'll have to visit.

  2. We just visited the site again yesterday, and was able to talk to one of the "caretaker" volunteers at the memorial. If you walk just behind the headstones placed in 1929, you will see protruding stones of various types and sizes. These stones are the actual original headstones. To the left and rear there are six other stones with holes in them. Cpt. James Moore's family from New York came to the site after finding out where he was buried and built a "plot" with four corner stones, a fence, and two gate stones. They are still visible. They also placed an original head stone, which is in storage in the basement of the Thompson-Neely House.