Cemetery Works
Boulder, Colorado, USA
established 2001
Columbia Cemetery Civil War Headstone Conservation
John H. Ballinger
Pvt. John H. Ballinger; Co. D, 1st Colorado Cavalry; died 04FebJan1871
The headstone was lowered 2 inches, set on 10 x 12 x 2 inch dimensioned sandstone footing, leveled, and plumbed.
[ Dimension sandstone provided by Tribble Stone, Boulder, CO 80302. ]

Due to initially being set too shallow, the headstone was tilted [ pitched ] backward ~ 01 degrees and tilted [ rolled ] to the right ~11 degrees.

John H. Ballinger enlisted on 14Dec1861 as a Private. JHB served 02 months in Company D, 1st Colorado Cavalry; 14Dec1861 to 22Feb1862.

John H. Ballinger was mustered out on 22Feb1862.

  • Colorado Veterans' Grave Registrations, 1862-1949, database. An index of the database is available online; grave registration cards can be viewed and copies obtain at / from the archive.
    The Colorado State Archives
    Room 1B-20
    1313 Sherman Street
    Denver, CO 80203
    Phone 303-866-2358
  • NPS CWSSS Regimental Histories

    Additionally information regarding John H. Ballinger can be found in the Boulder Genealogical Society biography hosted on the City of Boulder [Colorado, USofA], Parks & Recreation, Columbia Cemetery website.

  • Note: John H. Ballinger's service information was taken from the Colorado State Archive "Colorado Veterans' Grave Registration"; however, this data are in conflict with the Colorado Volunteers [1861-1865 ] Transcript of Records Index database which places him with the 3rd Colorado Cavalry's 100 day enlistment, Sept1864 through Dec1864.

    The headstone is inscribed with 1st COLO CAV.

    A plausible explanation is that Ballinger served in both units; but, he does not appear in the record of the 1st Colorado Cavalry due to the brevity of his service. If the information compiled by the Boulder Genealogical Society is correct, John H. Ballinger would have been 14 year of age when he enlisted in and was discharged from the 1st Colorado Cavalry. Presumably, he would have been discharged when his age was realized.

    An attempt will be made to resolve the issue.
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