New Monument To Honor Eastern N.M.’s Confederate Dead
By ABQnews Staff
Wed, Aug 31, 2011
A new monument honoring 30 Confederate soldiers who are buried in the Portales Cemetery and 25 others who are buried in rural cemeteries in the surrounding area will be dedicated at the Portales Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Portales News-Tribune reported.
“I think it’s important that people know where their ancestors are buried,” Janelle Foster, president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Ellen W. Jones Chapter 1022 in Portales, told the News-Tribune. “Many people don’t even know they have ancestors who fought in the (Civil W)ar.”
The monument was bought and paid for by the United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter, which has owned the circular area in the center of the cemetery since 1913 where a UDC monument that was built in 1930 also stands, the paper reported.
The new memorial stone with the added names was installed last month, and Saturday’s formal dedication will include an honor guard with men in Confederate uniforms along with a guest speaker, John Mauk Hilliard, who is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans, the News-Tribune said.
“The theme of my talk will be the sacrifice the men dedicated on this stone made,” Hilliard told the paper. “These men went through a completely spirit-shriveling experience. It was the most grueling, desperate point in America’s history.”