Yank's ashes go home

Civil War veteran long dead and forgotten in Oregon now with bikers, going to Maine

Posted: August 7, 2016 at 3:47 a.m.
Updated: August 7, 2016 at 3:47 a.m.

Steve West (from left), Milt Harden and Dan Halverson of Patriot Guard Riders salute the remains of Maine Civil War soldier Jewett Williams on Monday before the group’s journey from Salem, Ore., to Williams’ home state to bury his ashes with military honors at Togus National Cemetery.

Jewett Williams served in the 20th Maine Regiment in the Civil War. When he died in 1922 at an Oregon insane asylum, he was cremated and his ashes were stored and forgotten along with the remains of thousands of other patients.

A Patriot Guard Rider packs the remains of Jewett Williams aboard a motorcycle for the trip to Maine.

Civil War re-enactors prepare to participate in the handover of the cremated remains of Maine Civil War soldier Jewett Williams on Monday at Oregon St...

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