Nine veterans of the Civil War will be remembered in a Confederate Memorial Service at 1:30 PM Sunday, June 1, 2014, at the historic Corine Cemetery located 7 miles west of Jacksonville.
The nine Confederate Veterans to be honored, all buried in the Corine Cemetery, are John W. Bearden, Calvin Henderson, Robert R. Mitchell, R. M Bledsoe, W. J. King, Abijah Mixon, Edmund Evans, John A. McDonald and George W. Page. The Corine Cemetery is located at the intersection of County Road 3305 and 3311 across from the Friendship Baptist Church.
The event is being sponsored by the Moses M. Buckner 2442 Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Invincible Rose Chapter 37, New Salem Invincibles Camp 2107 Sons of Confederate Veterans and Stone Fort Camp 1944 Sons of Confederate Veterans. More information about the memorial service can be obtained by contacting the organizers, UDC member Margaret Cavazos at 903-683-6148 or Invincible Rose member Cindy Bobbitt at 903-284-6722.
The very moving and colorful outdoor Confederate Memorial Service has been traditionally held for many years on a Sunday afternoon in April at various cemeteries in Cherokee County where a number of Confederate Veterans are known to be buried. The memorial service for this year was rescheduled to Sunday, June 1, immediately following the traditional annual Homecoming of Friendship Baptist Church because of severe weather being forecast for the original date of April 27th.
Prior to each memorial service research is conducted about the life and service of each Confederate veteran to be honored. Their service was not always in a Confederate unit organized in Cherokee County. Many veterans saw Confederate service from other states and eventually moved to Cherokee County sometimes after the Civil War and often lived in the vicinity of that cemetery for a number of years before their deaths. Whenever possible during the ceremony a short history is given about their life and Confederate Service by a descendant or another volunteer interested in representing that veteran. Members of the Invincible Rose Chapter dressed in period black mourning costumes walk the cemetery and place a single rose on each Confederate veteran’s grave. Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camps form the honor guard for the flag ceremonies at the beginning and end of the service and fire cannon and/or rifle salutes as a part of the ceremony. The UDC chapter members sit as a group and traditionally wear similar versions of a costume of a black hat, white blouse and black skirt or pants. The life histories of the veterans being honored are especially interesting because the histories present word pictures of life in that section of Cherokee County in the last half of the 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Period dress is optional for attendees. Everyone is invited to join us as we honor our brave and courageous ancestors and especially those interested in the Confederate history of Cherokee County and the descendants and living relatives of the veterans being honored the organizers said on their handouts announcing the memorial service Attendees are being asked to please bring a lawn chair as seating will be limited. Members of other SCV Camps, UDC chapters, and Invincible Rose Chapters are invited to participate. In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held inside Friendship Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony.
From Jacksonville, take Highway 79 South. Turn onto Highway 747 North. Turn right onto County Road 3311. The brown sign about the historical marker for Friendship Baptist Church is located just before this turn. Travel on County Road to the Corine Cemetery across the road from Friendship Baptist Church at the intersection of County Road 3311 and County Road 3305.
Vivian Cates, Alto 1-936-858-3801 Reporter Moses M. Buckner Chapter 2442 United Daughters of the Confederacy