9 July, Stafford County, VA. Several members of the Colonel Fielding Lewis Chapter erected a Veterans Administration acquired headstone for John Wallace, a Corporal from both the 1st State Regiment and Falmouth Militia. This event marks a year-long effort spearheaded by Secretary Brian Madigan and Registrar Seth Roderick to mark Patriot Wallace's grave after the original sandstone grave stone was damaged. The event was covered by the Fredericksburg local paper, the Free Lance Star.
Around May 2021, Compatriot Roderick was contacted by Gordon Silleck, a direct descendant of John Wallace, requesting assistance marking his Patriot Ancestor's grave. Upon inspection, the original sandstone grave stone was damaged and likely beyond repair. Compatriot Roderick asked Compatriot Brian Madigan, also the Chapter Veteran's Committee Chair for assistance. Compatriot Madigan successfully submitted documentation to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for an official Veterans Headstone.
In November 2021, the new headstone was delivered to Compatriot Roderick for installation. Mr. Silleck began coordinating with the Liberty Hall Estates housing development contractor which is now sitting on the old family farm, Liberty Hall. After some lively discussion and intervention by Compatriot Roderick the contractor agreed to allow the Chapter to erect the new headstone.
On 9 July, Colonel Fielding Lewis Chapter President Jim Wachter, Secretary Brian Madigan, Registrar Seth Roderick, Compatriots John Carberry and Quinn Roderick loaded the 350-400 pound marble stone to a flatbed trailer and transported it to the gravesite. They dug approximately two feet into the ground only to find the base of the original stone that had to be hauled from the hole. After setting the stone and placing a layer of concrete around it's new footer, the stone was leveled and plumbed. The old sandstone gravemarker was then placed immediately to the foot of the new stone.
On 14 August at 1PM, the Colonel Fielding Lewis Chapter, Falls of the Rappahannock DAR, descendants of the Wallace Family, and local area dignitaries will dedicate the new stone at the corner of Liberty Hall Drive and Lloyd Drive in Southern Stafford County. The Fielding Lewis Chapter will also emplace the SAR Patriot's Marker. The event is open to the public and those interested in attending can contact the Fielding Lewis Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.