Just over 100 years after an American Civil War veteran died a new headstone will be unveiled at a west Auckland cemetery.
Andrew St John was a corporal in the 141st Pennsylvania Infantry and after surviving the war, including the second Battle of Bull Run, he had a distinguished career as a diplomat before retiring to New Zealand in 1894. He died in 1902 and was buried at Waikumete Cemetery near Henderson.
Today United States Consul-General John Desrocher, US war veterans and members of the Auckland RSA were to dedicate a new tombstone just arrived from America, over his grave.
The move brought his granddaughter Winifred Chappell, 97 and living in California, to tears, said Phil McKenna from the US-Consulate in Auckland.
Mr St John was one of only a handful of Civil War veterans buried in New Zealand and his headstone was provided by the American Department of Veterans Affairs.
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