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Dedication of final resting place of Union Soldier Pollitz at Trinity Church, Roslyn, June 2 at 11 am

By Ruth Fick

There was an unexpected discovery at Trinity Episcopal Church, Roslyn of the grave of John Codman Pollitz, Trinity parishioner and Civil War veteran.  The grave was recently uncovered by workers who were renovating the floor of the church.  It was decided to leave the grave undisturbed, and a new floor and carpet were installed above it.   

On June 2 at 11:00 am, Trinity Church will dedicate the final resting place of Pollitz in a ceremony following Sunday services. 

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will also conduct a ceremony with Union Army re-enactors.  A plaque will mark the spot on the floor below which lies Pollitz’ grave. 

John Codman Pollitz’ family were longtime Roslyn residents. John was the first Superintendent of the Sunday School and he was active in fundraising for the original Trinity Church building. As an enlisted man in the Union Army just before the Civil War, he donated his accumulated Army pay to Trinity’s congregation for the purchase of a new bell.  

Pollitz died at New Bern, NC in 1863 at the age of 19.  The new bell tolled for the first time at his funeral.

In the photo, Mother Margaret Peckham Clark at the Pollitz grave site.