Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2009

Hello Folks,

Just wanted to give you an update on the markers for the 11 Black Confederate soldiers that are buried in Giles County, TN.  Well, as of today it looks like VA in all their infinite wisdom isn’t going to supply the markers.  I talked with the Assistant Commissioner for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in Nashville today, who, stated that he agrees that these soldiers should receive the markers.  I sent all the information to him and he hand delivered it to Congressman Jim Cooper’s office.  Congressman Cooper and his aides forwarded it on to Washington.  I also talked with Congressman Cooper’s aide today and it looks like without any type of legislation the markers for Black Confederates are history, so to speak.  Maybe if they can get legislation passed it will help others in the future.

We are going to have to have some kind of fundraiser to secure enough funds for the markers and also for Maplewood to place the stones.  Yes they are going to charge for placing the stones.  I am going to try to talk them out of charging, but don’t know how much luck I will have.  As of now they will not let us do the work.  We will have to be there to tell them how we want the stones placed.  We have placed the stones before and know how to do it.

I would like to personally thank each and everyone of you for the support and kind words you have given us.  I know that every member of the Giles County #257, UDC and the General John C. Brown #112, SCV feels the same way.

God Bless You.

Cathy Gordon Wood