This Day In History: 1934-03-15
Ramsey’s last remaining Civil War Veteran, Cornelius Stuart died in his 87th year. He had been ill for three weeks and died at the home of his son Cornelius H. Stuart on Wyckoff Ave. He was born in Wyckoff June 30, 1846. He was sixteen when he enlisted in Company K of the 13th Heavy Artillery Regiment. He was honorably discharged on May 31, 1865. He never talked much about his wartime experiences and his memorabilia were lost when his trunk was stolen. Even his discharge papers were destroyed in a fire. A highlight of his service, however was a day when his unit was reviewed by President Abraham Lincoln who shook every member of his unit by the hand and expressed his personal thanks for their service. His memories of actual fighting were confined to a few brushes with Confederate patrols. Shortly after his discharge from the Army he married Margaret Straut at the Airmont Church. He was survived by three children, William, of Waldwick, Cornelius of Ramsey and Mrs. Tullie Winters of Ramsey. There were twenty-five grandchildren. The American Legion held a special service for him and asked that flags fly at half staff until the funeral held at the Church of the Redeemer. A Legion Guard of Honor accompanied the body to the Airmont cemetery.