A couple of weeks ago I was at Arlington Cemetery, and just happened to stop randomly by the side of the road, by a section of old Civil War era graves on Garfield Drive. The first stone I came across was that of "Ephrian Flickinger", who was shown as having died on 17 April 1864, a member of Co. D, 14th Regiment Veterans Reserve Corps (formerly called the Invalid Corps). A liitle research confirmed that this marker is for Ephraim Flickinger, son of Jesse and Nancy Flickinger, a Union soldier from Ohio who died of confluent variola (a very severe form of smallpox)in Washington DC.
Ephraim was a private in the 7th Ohio Infantry; he was sent to a hospital in Washington sometime in May or June 1863. He recovered enough to be transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps in July 1863, but less than nine months he contracted smallpox and within a few days he was dead.
The Flickinger family was living in Edinburg, Ohio at the time Ephraim enlisted; later they moved to Mercer Co., Pennsylvania. Ephraim's mother Nancy filed for a pension, and I have a copy of the pension file. It is very interesting and in places very sad; it includes copies of some of the letters Ephraim sent home.
The American Civil War Soldiers database shows Ephraim as having survived the war, but this is obviously incorrect.
The history of Arlington Cemetery states that the first soldiers buried there were buried in mid-May 1864. If that is so, poor Ephraim's remains must have been buried somewhere else first, then transfered. In any case, he is among the first soldiers to have been buried at Arlington.
If anyone is interested in receiving or providing more information about this forgotten soldier, please let me know.
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