On June 8, 1864, while writing to him, Mrs. Shepard received news of her son's death. Letters from comrades soon assured the family of his faithfulness in duty, his courage, and his proper, but hasty burial, on the field at Cold Harbor. When at last the war ended, the time had come to pay a last honor, to recover Shepard's body for burial at home in Ogdensburg, New York. Accordingly, his sister Julia journeyed South in the spring of 1865. While in Washington, D.C., a city filled with exuberance over the end of the war, she joined a merry crowd at Ford's Theatre.
Julia continued south to Richmond and then Cold Harbor. There, with the help of the soldiers of the 106th, she found her brother's grave and returned with his remains to New York.
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