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Civil War veteran graves dedicated with military honors, musket salute during Nov. 16 ceremony

COURTESY PHOTO - Sons of Veterans dressed as Col. Edward D. Baker's 71st Pennsylvania Infantry join Steven Holgate as President Abraham Lincoln in Oregon City.Oregon City hosted a crowd for a recitation of the Gettysburg Address last weekend at Mountain View Cemetery.

Capt. Steve Betschart, leader of the local chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War COURTESY PHOTO - Sons of Veterans Reserve of the Civil War are led by Capt. Mark Stevens in dedicating new headstones at Mountain View Cemetery.sponsoring the free Remembrance Day event, said the group had once of its largest audiences yet.

The event featured a reading of the Gettysburg Address by the best President Lincoln actor in American, according to a member of the National Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. George Vogt, former executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, called Stephen Holgate the "most convincing presidential impersonator" he had seen.

Over 100 Civil War veterans are buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City, and eight previously unmarked graves of veterans there recently received headstones. The headstones were dedicated with military honors and a musket salute during the Nov. 16 ceremony.

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