This is a posting copied from a rootsweb Pa Civil War posting. I am not any relation to this surname. Sharon
From "The Germantown Independent Gazette", Friday, January 27, 1905
TWO VETERANS PASS AWAY.
A Survivor of the War Tells a Plain Story of Fallen Comrades.
Written for The Independent-Gazette.
The grim reaper has again visited Ellis Post, No. 6, G. A. It., and gleaned an
abundant harvest, eleven of the country's defenders having fallen since the last
Memorial Day. During the week two have been added to the death roll, Charles D.
Gentry, of the 114th Pa. Vols. (Collis' Zouaves), and Alfred Kephart, of the
198th Pa. Volunteers.
Many of the homes have been in mourning, and many vacant chairs tell of loved
ones called away. Of the two last comrades to be carried to their graves, much
could be written.
Who among us forgets the widowed mother of Comrade Kephart? No mother made a
greater sacrifice than did this old Germantown heroine. Bereft of her husband,
she gave her whole family, which consisted of five gallant boys, to defend the
country she loved so well. Soon two of her boys fall and are laid away. One is
battling at the front, one suffering agony in the Andersonville Prison. Our
departed comrade, Alfred, was her baby boy-all that remained with her, and he,
too, was offered for the country's cause.
Sarah Kephart has passed from earth to her reward, and only yesterday her son
Alfred was laid away by loving comrades at our National Cemetery. Only two of
this good old family survive.
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