ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) -- After searching for more than 50 years the grave site of a Civil War veteran has been found by his great-great grandson, and that gravesite is right here in the stateline.
Kenneth Artlip had searched for decades for his relative John Valentine Artlip. After doing some research Kenneth found his great-great grandfather’s grave site in the Roscoe Cemetery last year. Kenneth along with the Sons of Union Veterans held a memorial service for the fallen vet who died more than 150 years ago.
"It's closure for the family. It's important that we know where he is, that we know where his remains are. We know he's in heaven, but it's important for us to know where his remains were because he really was a hero,” said Kenneth Artlip.
"This is our charge and we take it very seriously. The debt that is owed to these men should never ever be forgotten because it could never be repaid,” said commander for the John A. Logan Camp #26 Terry Dyer.
After the Civil War, John Valentine Artlip lived in the Rockton area for several years. A memorial stone was placed at Oakwood Cemetery in Beloit in his honor in the 1890's. That stone now sits at his grave in the Roscoe Cemetery.