The story told of how he had picked up the regiment’s fallen flag after his color bearer was wounded. Capt. Kyger helped the young soldier up and together, they carried the banner through fierce fire from above to plant it as one of the first Union regimental flags on top of Lookout Mountain.
Work done right
I felt it was our duty to pick up the broken parts of his stone, and to have it restored. I wrote in that Christmas article that our Civil War Roundtable group hoped to get that done this year. Well, I am happy to report that the job is almost complete. Although you can’t really tell, it’s still missing a piece for the very top. Perhaps there’s an old picture of the stone that will show what was up there at one time.
We watched as Tawne and Erik stepped in with their Hedge’s Stone Restoration crew a few Saturdays ago to get the job started, and now the sun reflects proudly off the captain’s monument. We never imagined how good it could look beneath the grime that had accumulated since the late 1800s.
In watching a presentation on restoring tombstones by Dawn Cobbs and Hal Hassan from the state of Illinois a few weeks ago at a Roundtable meeting, we learned how important it is to use the right materials and cleaning solutions.
“Trained and licensed professionals are needed to perform proper stone restoration,” they said. We wanted to make sure that Captain Kyger’s stone would appear in their updated video program as one of those done right, and not in the “how not to repair a stone” section. As we said at that meeting, perhaps the restoration of this monument will get the process started to repair more stones at Spring Hill.