Obituary: Friday, January 27, 1905: “Germantown Independent-Gazette”
Written for the Independent-Gazette.
The grim reaper has again visited Ellis Post, No. 6, G. A. R., 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. Vols.
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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