West Virginia USA
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This perfect setting of peace and honor is quite easily accessible, a new informative sign, and steps make it identifiable. Very early on in the war, when this place was still part of the state of Virginia, several Southern soldiers died, mostly of fever (probably typhoid) and were buried on this secluded hill. This cemetery had been lost for well over a hundred years except to neighboring families who knew of it's existence. A reenactor group, led by Mike Sheets, cleaned the cemetery in the 1990's but then it was reclaimed by the forest again. When a Tennessean searching for the grave of an ancestor connected with folks from Huntersville, this same man, sparked a team of concerned citizens, again in the summer of 2009 who cleaned the cemetery of trees and brush. The lady from Tennessee researched additional names, provided by Mary Jo Fisher, and did the paperwork to obtain the gravestones for all these soldiers, and Huntersville did the rest! Setting them was no small task. The combined effort resulted in a funeral, conducted October 3, 2009, for the first 12 soldiers discovered to be buried here. The funeral was held during the fall festival "Huntersville Traditions Day", under the direction of Terry Carr. Many people attended. The Pocahontas Co. Veterans group, donated & set a permanent flag pole, they, combined with reenactors from Virginia and Tennessee provided a 21-gun salute as well as cannon fire. As Mike Sheets read biographies of each man Gen. Longstreet set a flag at each stone and saluted each fallen soldier. The ladies (Order of Confederate Rose)who came from Tenn., dressed in period mourning, laid a rose at each grave and a lone soldier sprinkled dirt he brought from Tennessee on the graves, symbolizing being buried under home soil as Dixie and "Carmack's Pledge" played softly. Special help came from speaker, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and General James Longstreet (Al Stone, Jay Vogel). All combined to give honor to these soldiers who died far from home. Faye Sheets, owner of the property which holds the cemetery, is most gratefully acknowledged for her dedication and generosity in remembering and honoring these men.
2 Oct. 2010 - The 2nd funeral honoring 4 newly marked CS soldiers was held. The ceremony was opened by Levi Carr, prayer, historical remarks were made by General Robert E. Lee, GA Troup Artillery historian Bill Smedlund, and TN OCR officer Betty Aronson. The setting of 1st National CS flag and farewell salute were respectfully done by Gen. R. Anderson. Then each soldier's grave was sprinkled with soil from their home states of TN or GA and a rose laid at the stone by the TN Order of Confederate Rose and ladies of Lee's Lieutenants. A 21 gun salute was fired by the Pocahontas Veterans as well as the playing of Taps.
1 Oct. 2011 - The 3rd funeral took place for Privates James Martin and Peter Atnip. A cold, blustery day assailed the participants and spectators as they paid homage to the boys in gray. Mike Sheets again was back to lead the service, with assistance from his grandson Kevin. General Robert E. Lee (Al Stone)read their stories, Gen. R. Anderson (Stan Kauling) set their flags and bid farewell with the final salute, the VFW and Confederate reenactors again fired a volley in their honor, while ladies in mourning (Jeannie and Wendy) attended the graves. Another beautiful service honoring the soldiers from Tennessee who died so far from home.
6 Oct. 2012 - A solemn service for Privates Callahan from Tenn. and Wm. Moseley from old Virginia with Gen. Lee saluting the last slow farewell, Confederate reenactors stood at attention at the graves, and ladies in mourning layed roses and read their stories. A 21-gun salute by the Pocahontas Veteran's Group, then prayer concluded yet another service to honor the 2 newest stones on previously unmarked soldiers graves.
Oct. 2014 - This year there were no new stones to dedicate. But the Western Virginia Military Academy (WVMA) cadets and belles, along with Gen. Lee, and TN OCR president, honored the soldiers by standing guard at each grave, saluting, and placing flags, with the young ladies laying a rose at each grave. The cadets participated in the volley with the adult reenactors honoring the men buried here.