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Frederick Pray-Arlington Cem-Elmhurst.JPG

This marker is in Arlington Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois.   I found references to Captain Pray in a few books.

He’s listed in the Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers (Troop E) in the Black Hawk War (which was in 1832).    A History of Cook County, Illinois: Being a General Survey of Cook County, Volume 1 – edited by Weston Arthur Goodspeed and Daniel David Healy says, ” The First Illinois cavalry, organized in Chicago upon the first call of President McKinley for troops, embraced seven companies of Cook county men.  It was mustered into the service at Springfield, May 21, 1898….It participated in no engagements, but in drill and discipline was brought to high efficiency.”   Frederick L. Pray is listed as a captain in this entry.

This cemetery has about 140 Spanish-American War veterans buried there, and there’s an interesting article from the Chicago Tribune about this.