The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 26, 2013

Civil War soldier gets special marker in Snyder County

By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item

— BEAVER SPRINGS — David Getz’s gravestone has been worn nearly smooth by time, but on Sunday, the Civil War veteran’s final resting place was adorned with yellow flowers and a special marker giving him the recognition he deserves.

The Grand Army of the Republic marker was placed on Getz’s grave in the Old Adamsburg Cemetery with the help of Sunbury’s Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War group, Gen. J.P.S. Gobin Camp 503, and Getz’s descendant, Jay Rarick, of Prince William County, Va.

“He visited the grave and saw there wasn’t a marker,” said Greg Kline, past commander of Camp 503. “It’s the duty of our order to do this sort of thing,” especially for someone who comes from out of the area, he added.

Rarick, senior vice commander of the Irish Brigade Camp No. 4 Civil War group based in Fredericksburg, Va., is Getz’s great-great-grandnephew.

“It really is wonderful,” he said of the dedication. “I’m especially grateful to the brothers of the Gobin company.”

The marker was unveiled during a noon ceremony that featured speeches by Kline, Rarick, other members of Camp 503 and a gun salute.

Rarick, a genealogy buff, said he kept track of David Getz and his brothers because they all fought in Civil War battles within an hour of his home in Virginia.

Pvt. David Getz was one of nine children, all of whom grew up in the area of Beaver Springs, Beavertown and McClure. Getz and his six brothers all served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and it was at the battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862 that Getz suffered a leg injury, which led to him being discharged from the army. He died in September 1863 due to complications from his wound.

About 25 people were there to recognize Getz’s service at the dedication, including six other descendants of the Getz family.

“It was well overdue,” said Andrew Benner, of Camp 503. “Being able to do this on Memorial Day weekend is a special touch.”

Buried down the road in the New Adamsburg Cemetery is David Getz’s brother, Isaac Getz, and another brother, Henry Getz, is buried in Troxelville.