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Dravosburg Civil War Monument
Richland Cemetery
Dravosburg PA








Photos JTMcA July 2002

Monument Inscription:
Erected
In Memory Of
The Volunteers
Who Fought
For The North
1861 - 1865


RICHLAND CEMETERY
FOUNDED July 12, 1886
This History was donated by William Snodgrass, Sr.
399 Richland Avenue
Dravosburg, PA 15034
Phone: 412-466-1550
Fax: 512-466-1550
EMAIL: RICHLANDCEM1886@AOL.COM
OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4 PM

Richland Cemetery is made up of 13 acres of land. Presently there are close to 16,000 people interred here. It was once part of the Risher Family property in Mifflin Township. The original main house and office were replaced in 1970.
Richland is an all denomination cemetery and a non-profit organization. Every person interred here is important to us, but we also have some very special people of historical importance.

Lt. Charles Oliver was interred here in 1920, in Section G, Lot 1256. Lt. Oliver was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Here is the citation: "OLIVER, CHARLES Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company M, 100th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place & date: At Petersburg, VA, 25 March 1865. Entered service at: Allegheny County, PA. Birth: Allegheny County, PA. Date of issue: 3 July 1865. Citation: Capture of flag of 31st Georgia (C.S.A.)

Charles Oliver Photo #1 Charles Oliver Photo #2

Private Edward Pigford, interred in 1932 in Section C, Lot 568, was with General Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He survived because General Custer sent him back to check on the location of Major Reno and his reinforcements. The story of Private Pigford is in the cemetery office.

Edward Pigford Photo #1 Edward Pigford Photo #2

Lt. Jabez Griffiths was interred in Section A, Lot 298 in 1898. Lt. Griffiths was present that fateful night when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. Lt. Griffiths was one of six Union soldiers who carried the mortally wounded President out of Ford's Theater and across the street to the Little Brick House.

Jabez Griffiths Photo

FOR GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION AND RESEARCH PLEASE CONTACT:
McKeesport Heritage Center
1832 Arboretum Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
Phone: 412-678-1832
Email: mckheritage@yahoo.com

MEMORIAL DAY services are held by the Dravosburg American Legion on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

If anyone has further historical information on the cemetery
Please contact the office. It will be greatly appreciated.
Source: Dravosburg, PA History




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Update March 11, 2008

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