Sunday, July 12, 2009

Confederate Veterans honored in Jackson County

The Theophilus West, M.D., Camp 1346 hosted a moving tribute to three Confederate veterans buried at Circle Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Jackson County on Saturday. The event was attended by over 100 relatives of the men.

Those honored were:

  • William Henry Cox, Greenwood Club Cavalry, a school boy who fought in the Battle of Marianna at the age of fifteen. His father, Joseph B. Cox of the 1st Florida Reserves, fought in the same battle.

  • Sherrod (Sherwood?) Scott, Company A. 11th Florida Infantry. He was 31 when the war began and, like many soldiers of that day, spent a great deal of his time in the military sick and under the care of Confederate surgeons.

  • James Ray, Company C, 51st Georgia Infantry. He was 26 when he enlisted in the Confederate army, was captured at Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1863 and spent the rest of the war in prison at Rock Island.
Military headstones were unveiled for Scott and Cox during the ceremonies. It was the first time Scott's grave had been marked in more than 50 years.

In addition to the ceremonies and headstone unveilings, the West Camp members continued their expanding educational mission by inviting those in attendance to participate in artillery drills and learn more about how field cannon worked during the War Between the States. The firings of the 12-pounder reproduction howitzer culminated the day of activities.
One of the most active SCV camps in Florida, the West Camp has undertaken a massive project to restore and maintain the graves of soldiers across Jackson County. Camp members have donated literally thousands of hours so far and the project is receiving widespread acclaim. The group has also been actively locating and marking the graves of Confederate soldiers and also places flags on graves on key holidays.

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