Stephen Carr Lyford – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

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Born on August 15, 1838 in New Hampshire, he graduted from West Point on June 24, 1861 and served with distinction throughout the Civil War. He died on May 9, 1885 while on active duty in command of the Rockford Arsenal, Pennsylvania.

“His associates and friends have erected this monument to his memory. Requiscat in pace. ”

He is buried in Section 1, Arlington National Cemetery.


Courtesy of Michael T. Stein:

  • Major Stephen Carr Lyford (1838-1885)
  • Cadet USMA 1857-61
  • Second Lieutenant June 24, 1861
  • First Lieutenant March 3, 1863
  • Captain September 15, 1863
  • Major June27, 1874
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Brevet) March 13, 1865
  • Served with 1st Dragoons 1861
  • Served with 1st Cavalry Regiment 1861
  • Served with 3rd Artillery 1861
  • Transferred to Ordnance 1861

COLONEL LYFORD'S BODY CREMATED

LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, May 12, 1885 – The body of Colonel Stephen C. Lyford, of the Ordnance Corps, United States Army, commander of the Frankford Arsenal at Philadelphia, who died on Saturday night, was brought here this afternoon for incineration in the crematorium.  It was in charge of a guard of the Heavy Ordnance Departments – Sergeants Farrell and Gibson, Corporals McNally and Burke and Privates Wier and Campfield, accompanied by Lieuenant Ira McNutt.  Friends who accompanied the remains were Dr. Benjamin Pennybaker, Surgeon at the Arsenal; Major George McKee, stationed at Governors Island, New York; Colonel William Ludlow of the Water Department, Philadelphia; J. J. O'Reilly, Chief Clerk of the Arsenal; Captain J. E. Barr of Philadelphia; J. W. Smithey and Richard Graham of the Pullman Palace Car Company.  The body was placed in the hearse at the station, the coffin being covered by the American flag, and taken at once to the crematorium where it was placed in the retort.  Only friends who accompanied the body witnessed the ceremony.  The ashes will be removed tomorrow morning and shipped to Washington for interment in the Arlington Cemetery.


LYFORD, GERTRUDE KEMBLE W/O STEPHEN C

  • DATE OF DEATH: 02/18/1901
  • BURIED AT: SECTION EAST  SITE 9
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  • WIFE OF SC LYFORD, MAJOR, USA

LYFORD, STEPHEN D/O STEPHEN C

  • DATE OF DEATH: 07/22/1951
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 1  SITE 9-A CL
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  • DAUGHTER OF SC LYFORD,  COL USA

LYFORD, STEPHEN

  • MAJOR ORD OFFICER USA
  • BURIED AT:   SITE 9
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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