Gravestone of George Nixon. . .1752-1842
So what does President Nixon have to do with the Civil War? Well, as it turns out, Nixon's Great-Grandfather--and the grandson of the Revolutionary War hero--George Nixon III served the Union as a private in Company B, 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Sadly, Private Nixon was severely wounded at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. He was shot in the hip, I believe, while skirmishing with Confederate soldiers near the Emmitsburg Road. (Somewhere near the present day location of Tommy's Pizza). Nixon, at age 42, succumbed to his wounds two days later and was later buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
While on the presidential campaign trail almost one hundred years later, George Nixon's great-grandson, Richard, paid a visit to his grave. I have seen a photograph of this event. . .but only once. I think it is held at the GNMP Library/Archives.
The grave of Private George Nixon at the Gettysburg National Cemetery
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Anyway, Happy Birthday, President Nixon. . .it seems as if in light of more recent administrations, you no longer seem that bad.