Event to honor Civil War soldier Saturday

WESLEY – A free, commemorative history event, “Brave and True, Always Such Has Anson Been,” will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 8819 Route 353, Wesley, just north of Markhams Road in honor of a Civil War soldier in which the Wesley United Methodist Church has taken great pride, Private Anson N. Park.

Why remember a Civil War soldier at this date and time? The 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865) prompts us to remember soldiers who made great sacrifices, as they do today, for our freedom. Many families, as today, lost dear ones who gave their lives to the cause. In Wesley’s Park Lawn Cemetery one can find graves of many veterans, and notable in this context is that of Private Anson N. Park, who served with his cousin Andrew G. Park in the 154th NY Vol. Inf. Regiment and died 150 years ago – to the day on March 22, 1864.

The 154th was recruited primarily from Cattaraugus County and numbered 948 officers and enlisted men when mustered in.

This small community gathering is sponsored by: Wesley United Methodist Church, Park Lawn Cemetery, Members of the Allen and Parke Families and Rush the Growler. Please direct all inquiries to: Bill Parke, event coordinator, at