The cache is NOT hidden at the above coordinates. Those will get you to the soldier's stone. Follow "marching orders" to get you to the letterbox hybrid location in the cemetery. (Pace lengths may vary for each individual searcher.)
You may be standing at a marker for me, but don't look for me here. My grieving family placed this stone to have a place to visit, but my body lies far south near a place called Pittsburg Landing.
I was only seventeen. Many men from this area, some old, some young, some still boys, joined up in the Wisconsin 16th to fight for the preservation of the Union. We trained at Camp Randall, then headed off to war.
It was early April in 1862 with spring and the smell of peach blossoms in the air. We were camped in Fraley's Field, when, in the gray light of dawn, we were caught off guard. As I carried the colors, I was one of the first to fall. Others took up positions, others also fell. Men I knew, from Richfield and Monroe, from Coloma and Westfield, many others from Strongs Prairie--dead, wounded, now battle tested.
The battle went on and more were fought. Another three years would pass before the War of the Rebellion ended. I never returned to my family. My mother grieved, but she had lost children before me and would lose children after me. All that remain are stones to say we once walked the earth.
But don't look for me here, for I was lost at Shiloh.
About face. Walk northwest until you find the stone of an earlier veteran, that of Ebenezer Morse, who fought in the War of 1812. Face the front of his stone, side step left three. Walk sixty paces forward. Right face. Walk fifty paces forward. Left face. Walk twenty paces forward. Right face. Eyes ahead.
This cache is located in a cemetery, so be respectful of the location and your surroundings. It is not necessary to come in contact with any of the stones to find this cache. If a service is in progress or friends and family are visiting loved ones buried here, respect their privacy and come back at a later time.
Thank you to the Adams County Historical Society and their cemetery tours for inspiration and information.
To see more images related to this cache, click on the the gallery below and visit this link:Shiloh Cemetery There is also a virtual cache in Strongs Prairie Cemetery (GC8333), and there is a traditional cache nearby (GC8331). This cache is findable in the winter, but the road may not be plowed and can get pretty bad. Also, even if this is a cemetery, there may be hunters in the area, so do not search for this during gun deer season, or wear blaze orange if you do.