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Civil War Veteran Buried in Carthage Almost 103 Years After His Death

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From Patriot Guard Riders to Civil War reenactors hundreds gathered in Carthage to salute a long lost civil war veteran whose burial was almost forgotten.

Elizabeth young and her family look on as Civil War reenactors and local military bury the remains of her great-great-grandfather Raphael Rombauer, a long lost civil war veteran from Carthage, Missouri finally laid to rest more than a hundred years after his death.

“I thought it was very heart-warming to see people that were interested in our history and grateful for what we've inherited,” says Young.

A Hungarian immigrant, Rombauer translated messages transmitted from St. Louis to general grant's headquarters in Kiro that were sent in Morse code in his native tongue.

After the war, he made an even greater impact by helping to rebuild his ravished hometown.

"He was instrumental in bringing the railroad to Jasper County. And at that time you didn't have the highway system like you do now and the only way you could bring people, the only way you could bring business, the only way to bring commerce to any place was through the railroad,” says Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Phelps Group Camp Commander Robert Clanton.

For Civil War reenactors the ceremony was as if living in a piece of history.

“He did a lot to support what he believed was the right thing to do for the union cause and for us we can come out here and send him off in a way that's appropriate for him because he was attached to the artillery,” says Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Volunteer Artillery member Mike Ball.

Young says she's frustrated her great-great-grandfather got lost through the cracks years ago. But now that he's reunited with his family, where he belongs, she says it gives her peace.

“Still don't have the answer to why he wasn't claimed, but yes there is closure. He's where he should be, and he's been appreciated." 

Just down the road from the cemetery where he rests by his wife, son, and daughter a street bears Rombauer's name in his honor.

Young only learned that her great-great-grandfather's remains were missing last fall when she was doing some research online. His ashes were sitting on a shelf in a St. Louis mortuary, never touched.
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