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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Veteran memorial event held at High Street Cemetery

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Confederate soldiers buried in High Street Cemetery in Rocky Mount were remembered Dec. 8 with a ceremony and placement of holiday greenery at their gravesites.

As we think about the holiday season and wishes for  peace on earth, it is fitting that we remember all veterans. The Jubal Early Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy chose to begin an annual ceremony by honoring the memory and service of 20 people associated with the Confederate States of America and the War Between the States. We hope to enlarge this ceremony in future years to include veterans of other wars and eventually all military veterans who served in war and peace time and today lie in our local perpetual care cemeteries. We are working in cooperation with Franklin County Historical Society and the national Wreaths Across America program.

We thank the Rev. John Collins, pastor of Rocky Mount Church of the Brethren, for providing a Bible reading and prayer for our program, and thanks to Carter Gill, 2nd Lt. Commander, Fincastle Rifles Sons of Confederate Veterans, for playing the now traditional "Taps" on a period bugle.

Sprays of holiday greenery with large red bows were placed by ladies of the Jubal Early Chapter, assisted by members of the 28th VA Infantry SCV camp. The  sprays were made by Will and Joyce Young, using a variety of fresh greenery and holly sprigs from their farm near Sontag.

Those honored Dec. 8 were: Pvt. Joel Angle - 36th VA Infantry Co. B; Pvt. Samuel Graham Bright - 36th VA Infantry Co. F; Pvt. Henry Clay Chitwood - 2nd VA Cavalry Co. D; Pvt. Burrell W. Connally - 7th NC Infantry Co. A; Capt. George E. Dennis - 24th VA Infantry Co. B; Pvt. Peyton Dewitt Divers - 42nd VA Infantry Co. K; Surgeon John Henry Greer - 37th VA Cavalry Co. A; Capt. G.W.B. Hale - 2nd VA Cavalry Co. D.

Also, Pvt. Frazier Otey Hoffman - VA Bedford Light Artillery; Lt. Col. Charles D. Lee - 57th VA Infantry Co. I;  Sgt. Owen Henry Price - 42nd VA Infantry Co. K; Sgt. Jesse Prunty - 10th VA Cavalry Co. C; Pvt. Charles Foster Ross - 51st VA Infantry Co. D; Pvt. Zachfield Wade - 57th VA Infantry Co. G; Pvt. Bird Langhorne Webb - 36th VA Infantry Co. F; Pvt. James Thomas Webb - 10th VA Cavalry Co. C; Pvt. Theodrick F. Webb - 37th VA Cavalry Co. A; and Pvt. Charles Franklin Whitlow - 57th VA Infantry Co. C.

Holiday sprays were also placed at the graves of "Miss Essie" Smith, who was an organizer of the Jubal Early Chapter and who worked tirelessly to see that the Confederate monument was obtained and placed at the Franklin County Courthouse, and Capt. Robert A. Scott who was county treasurer and who signed every piece of paper money printed by Franklin County during the war.

Doris Eames

President Jubal Early Chapter UDC

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