SCV group observes Confederate day at Oconee Hills

By Wayne Ford
Friday, April 26, 2013

Confederate Memorial Day is observed as a state holiday in seven Southern states, but the states observe it on different days in late April.

“It’s a shame. It would get more attention if all the states used the same day,” said long-time Sons of Confederate Veterans member Sydney Johnson of Bishop.

Georgia, Florida and Alabama all observe the fourth Sunday in May.

Johnson is a member of the Gen. T.R.R. Cobb Camp No. 97 SCV, which has planned an observance for this Sunday at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens.

Already the members have placed small Confederate flags on the graves of almost 1,000 identified Confederate soldiers in Clarke County and some adjacent counties.

The formal service begins in the cemetery at 3 p.m. when Bob Collins, a speaker from Lilburn, will give a talk titled “Sacrifice.”

Then the group will move to the grave of Morgan “Bucky” Redwine, who was a local historian and SCV member. The song “Bonnie Blue Flag” will be played at the grave of the Athens businessman and World War II fighter pilot who died earlier this year. A musket fire salute will be conducted by the 18th Georgia Confederate Honor Guard.

The Cobb Chapter has about 100 members on its roll, although many of those are inactive and don’t attend the camp’s monthly meetings in Watkinsville, Johnson said.

The chapter’s commander is Billy Gault, while Bill Herringdine is Lt. Commander.

The Cobb Chapter will meet for its next meeting at 7 p.m. May 2 at the Watkinsville Community Center on VFW Drive.

Brian Wills, director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War at Kennesaw State University, will present a program on Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

During the war, Forrest, was steadily promoted to become the unconventional cavalry officer that Union General W.T. Sherman called “the most remarkable man the Civil War produced on either side,” according to a release from the chapter.

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