11.27.09

New headstone planned for Confederate officer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Sons of Confederate Veterans’ in Jacksonville plan a headstone for the unmarked grave of a former general who was mayor of their north Florida town from 1907 to 1909.

Gen. William H. Sebring’s headstone will be dedicated Saturday at the cemetery where he was buried in 1926 at age 85.

Calvin Hart who heads the Jacksonville veterans’ group says he began researching the former mayor and after seeing his photo in a Lakewood memorabilia shop. Hart says Sebring was commissioned a brigadier general of the Florida Militia in 1884. His highest rank in the Confederate Army was lieutenant.

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