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Sgt. Isaac Newton Bell, Co. C. buried in Cold Spring Cemetery, Cold Spring, New York, in Section B, Plot 155. Born on January 20, 1845, in Cornwall, Orange County, New York. Died on December 31, 1879, in Cold Spring, New York.


*In 2008, I found this headstone broken and so flush with the earth that it was nearly covered with dirt and grass to make it an almost unmarked grave. With the permission of the cemetery and the approval of one of Bell's descendants, I applied to the government for a replacement marker (Free for Union Civil War veterans). As does anything with them, there was a long wait, but the marker eventually came. Then I got deployed and had to wait longer, but finally in June of 2010 I took the replacement marker and drove it to Cold Spring and did my first replacement.


The job was fairly easy. I had to dig down to get the broken piece of the original headstone that was under the earth out. I prepped the new hole with stone gravel instead of cement. Never use cement as it gives the marker no play and bound to snap again if bumped the slightest by say, a lawnmower. Once the headstone was level, I filled the hole with dirt and covered with grass seed.

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