Continuing the tour of Gridley-related sites, how about some photos from our recent trip to visit his grave in Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, PA?
Gridley is buried on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in the cemetery’s “Gridley Circle” (go figure). In addition to various Gridley family graves, the circle features a monument to the unknown soldier and four cannon captured from the Spanish emplacements at Cavite.
Gridley’s headstone is fairly understated, though the unusual mushroom shape does make it stand out.
Most of the other graves in the circle are members of the extended Gridley/Vincent family, including his father-in-law Judge John Pericles Vincent, his wife Hattie, his daughters and sons-in-law. This grave is probably the saddest: Gridley’s only son, John, who was one of 36 men who died as a result of a tragic training accident on the USS Missouri.
And just some final shots of the lone Spanish cannon pointed out over the lake, ready to fire just in case Canada ever starts getting ideas.