2017-05-25 / Personalities

Graves of Confederate soldiers marked at Fishing Creek May 6


Pictured in the Fishing Creek Baptist Church Cemetery for the Confederate soldiers grave marking are Atlanta Chapter 18 UDC and Julia Jackson 1 Children of the Confederacy members (from left) Ann Miller, M. J. Stevens, Gwen Brogdon, Phyllis Davis, Debra Denard, James William Barrow, Mary Williams, Jane Frazer, C. Carol Cartledge, Georgiana Barrow, Suzanne Sammons, and Cassie Barrow. Pictured in the Fishing Creek Baptist Church Cemetery for the Confederate soldiers grave marking are Atlanta Chapter 18 UDC and Julia Jackson 1 Children of the Confederacy members (from left) Ann Miller, M. J. Stevens, Gwen Brogdon, Phyllis Davis, Debra Denard, James William Barrow, Mary Williams, Jane Frazer, C. Carol Cartledge, Georgiana Barrow, Suzanne Sammons, and Cassie Barrow. The Atlanta Chapter 18 United Daughters of the Confederacy was in Washington Saturday, May 6, to mark the graves of 18 Confederate soldiers buried in the Fishing Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

The group was joined by the Julia Jackson1Children of the Confederacy for the service.

The ceremony began in the church with President Debra Denard giving a brief history of the UDC and its objectives, the same since 1894 - historical, benevolent, educational, memorial, and patriotic. Each of the 25 ladies and guests were given a program which included not only a history of the soldier marked but a history of the Southern Cross of Honor of which five members had been recipients from the Last Cabinet Meeting Chapter in Washington. They were William A. Bunch, 1901; J. M. Crawford, 1901; George W. Muse, l902; John D. Heard, 1911; and George W. Lindsey, 1922.

Mrs. Denard encouraged family and friends to visit the Washington Historical Museum to see a Southern Cross and the actual application of the men.

After the blessing of the cemetery and dedication of the graves, all were invited to tour the cemetery.

Graves marked were those of Company C 1st Georgia Militia, Benjamin C. Blakey; Company C 1st Georgia State Guards, W. Lumpkin Dunaway; Company C. 3rd Georgia Cavalry State Guards, Dudley Jones; Company E 10th Georgia Cavalry, George W. Muse; Company A 9th Georgia Battalion Infantry, J. M. Crawford and John T. Lindsey; Company C 11th Georgia “Cutt’s” Battery, John D. Heard; Company A 15th Georgia Infantry, Gideon B. Bunch, William Andrew Bunch, Rev. Simeon Rhodes, John L. Smith, Moses G. Sutton; Company C. 15th Georgia Infantry, Mark L. Heard; Company E 16th Georgia Infantry, Solomon Bobo; Company G 61st Georgia Infantry, Franklin Wilson Danner, William House; Company G 17th Georgia Infantry, William A. Thornton.

Prior to the grave marking ceremony, the Atlanta Chapter 18 UDC and the Julia Jackson 1 Children of the Confederacy attended the dedication of the Jefferson Davis Trail marker at the Wilkes County Courthouse and continued to browse around downtown Washington before having lunch at the Washington Woman’s Club.

Following the grave marking ceremony, the ladies returned to town to bestow a National Defense Medal on James Addison Baston for his service in the Vietnam War. Also present for this presentation were daughter and family, MeLisa and Greg Clay, Ashley Clay Smith, and Abby Clay, of Macon, and son and family, Jim and Heather Baston, Addison and Avery, of Washington.

The National Defense Medal is a continuation of the Southern Cross which was first presented in l900. The first cross was presented by Atlanta Chapter 18.

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