|Death: ||Oct., 1900|
CAPT. S. P. EMERSON
Decided Upon Monument for
His Own Grave.
Capt. S. P. Emerson, who was laid to rest in the Confederate lot at Greenwood cemetery yesterday, was a man who never reconciled himself to the success of the Union forces and endeavored to keep green the memory of the lost cause. Over three years ago, he described the ceremony he wished at his funeral and told of the monument he desired to be placed over his final resting place. The person whom he confided these matters to was Mrs. Kate Cabell Currie, president of the Daughters of the Confederacy in this city. When requested to relate Capt. Emerson's wishes in regard to his own funeral, she said:
"Capt. Emerson was a life-long friend of our family and used to spend days with us and occasionally would grow confidential with Gen. Cabell and myself, but refused to relate his experiences while others were around.
"The day the Confederate monument was unveiled at the City Park, he accompanied us home and that evening, told me that when he died, he desired that I take charge of his funeral, which was to be conducted in a manner befitting an ex-Confederate who loved the cause for which he struggled. He stated that he wanted his coffin covered with a Confederate flag while lying in state, and it was not to be removed until the grave was reached and the body lowered therein. He wanted a monument, around the shaft of which, should appear a likeness of a Confederate flag, and standing guard on top, the figure of a Confederate soldier, perfect of form and dressed as the youths of the Southland were when they first left home to endure four years of privation and hardships, while battling for what they considered a just and holy cause. On the monument he wanted inscribed the following:
" 'Here lies one who was true to the teachings and traditions of the Old South.'
"In explaining his desire for such a monument, he said that it was his desire that the youths of future and far distant days should behold a true Confederate grave and understand that the youth of Dixie was the noblest type of humanity.
"Capt. Emerson's wishes will be carried out to the most minute detail. The Confederate ritual, which is most impressive, was observed at the grave. It consists of ex-Confederates forming a circle around the grave as the body is lowered and quoting, each in turn, the Lord's Prayer, followed by one of their own as bunches of white roses are passed around. When the body has been lowered, these flowers are thrown in, one by one, until the top of the coffin is hid from view; then, the circle is broken and all ex-Confederates present, drop dust upon the bed of roses.
"Capt. Emerson fought through the war and endured many hardships, both on the field, and in prison. He never married, giving his reason for not doing so, that his heart perished when the stars and bars were lowered at Appomatox."
- October 21, 1900, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 1-2.
Created by: Debbie Cromwell
Record added: Nov 29, 2004
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