From: Virginia Flaggers
Date: Sun, Oct 9, 2016
Subject: 13 New Confederate Headstones Dedicated at Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Adopt A Soldier Program of Shockoe Hill Cemetery: Setting the standard in honoring the fallen

I had the honor today of attending and participating in the Fall Marker Dedication Ceremony at Shockoe Hill Cemetery. The oldest city owned cemetery in Richmond, Shockoe Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of veterans from every conflict from the War of 1812 through the Vietnam War. In 2014, the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery kicked off the “Adopt a Soldier” program, seeking donations to obtain and install headstones for the veterans’ graves that are unmarked, including an estimated 200 Confederate soldiers.

Since 2014, 38 veterans’ graves have been marked, including 27 in 2016 alone! Clayton Shepherd, President of the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery reported that the 27 graves marked this year represented an almost 50% increase over their goal, for the year, which was set at 16.

The ceremony today was held to dedicate 15 new markers…2 for veterans of the War of 1812, and 13 Confederate Veterans:

Private Patrick Brady, Co. B, 2nd Bn Mississippi Infantry
Private Farrell Radican, Co. E, 48th Mississippi Infantry
Private Charles Stillman, Co. C, 2nd Bn Mississippi Infantry
Private David S. Brown, Co. B, 10th Bn Georgia Infantry
Private John W. Blunt, Co. C, 1st Bn Virginia Infantry, ocal Defense
Private John Rowland, Carrington’s Company, 19th Regiment Virginia Militia, War of 1812
Private John J.H. Brower, Company H, 15th Virginia
Sergeant John J. Throckmorton, Co. C, 10th Bn, Virginia Heavy Artillery (Allen’s)
Private William E. Bottom, Co. A, 15th North Carolina Infantry (State Troops)
Assistant Surgeon William T. Gregory, 13th Virginia Cavalry
Private Thomas W. Collier, Coffin’s Company, Virginia Heavy Artillery
Private Robert T. Collier, Co. D, 12th Louisiana Heavy Artillery
Private Hilary Baker, 19th Regiment (Ambler’s), Virginia Militia, War of 1812
Private Benjamin W. Figg, co. A, 10th Bn, Virginia Heavy Artillery (Allen’s)
Private John P. (Jack) Mackin, Co. F, 24th Georgia Infantry

Saturday’s heavy rain cleared out for the ceremony, but the wind picked up and made for a blustery and cool, but beautiful afternoon and several dozen gathered for the service, which included poetry reading, special remarks from the descendants of two of the men honored, a flag presentation ceremony, and bagpipe music.

For the Va Flaggers, it was a special day because one of the markers dedicated was for a resident of the Old Soldiers Home in Richmond. Private John J. H. Brower, Company H, 15th Virginia Infantry enlisted in the 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment on 27 April 1861 at Richmond, Virginia. He survived the war, and died at the Lee Camp Soldier’s Home in Richmond. He was buried in Shockoe Hill Cemetery on 13 March 1918, his age listed as 72 in the burial record.

When we heard that one of the residents of the Old Soldiers Home did not have a headstone, we took up a collection at one of our meetings to cover the costs and were thrilled to get to see the new marker today! After nearly 100 years lying in an unmarked grave, Private Brower now is properly marked and will never be forgotten, thanks to the dedicated work of the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery.

The Va Flaggers are proud supporters of the Adopt a Soldier Program of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, and consider it a privilege to help share the news of the excellent work they are doing to mark the graves of our Confederate dead.

Typically, if the veteran qualifies for a VA supplied marker, sponsorship consists of covering the installation cost of $275 (mandatory fees set by the City of Richmond).

Each day, the program features the biography of a soldier whose grave has never been marked in their FaceBook posts, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/AdoptASoldierOfShockoeHill/?fref=ts

For more information on how you or your organization can help, please contact Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery President Clayton Shepherd at cc.shep@juno.com or visit their website http://www.shockoehillcemetery.org/index.htm

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, October 13th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 15th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 9:00 a.m. – NOON

Tuesday, October 18th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 22nd: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 23rd: Susan will be the guest speaker for the October meeting of the Powhatan Troop, SCV Camp #1382. Rosa’s Restaurant, Flat Rock, Powhatan, VA at 12:30 pm

Tuesday, October 25th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 29th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 9:00 a.m. – NOON

Sunday, October 30th: Susan will be the keynote speaker at the Col. E. Stackhouse SCV Camp #1576 Confederate Memorial Service, Veterans Park, Main Street, Latta, SC. 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 2nd: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 12th – Sunday, November 13th: Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show. RIR. The Va Flaggers will have a table at the show. Stop by and see us!

Friday, January 20th, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the Lee-Jackson Banquet of the Lt. General Wade Hampton Camp #273, Columbia, SC.

Saturday, May 6th, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the Confederate Memorial Day service at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC, sponsored by the Waddell Chapter, MOS&B.

Saturday, June 24, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the SCV Camp #513 Confederate Memorial Day service in Oklahoma City, OK. More details to follow.

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