Confederate Memorial Day observances begin Saturday
by By Marie Nesmith
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With April 22 marking Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia, area organizations are fine-tuning their annual observances, which are free and open to the public. While initial offerings honored those who fought for the Confederate States of America in the Civil War, today’s programs have expanded their focus, paying tribute to all of the nation’s fallen veterans. Starting Saturday with the Gen. P.M.B. Young Chapter No. 2373 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s service, the other observances will be conducted by the Stiles-Akin Camp No. 670 Sons of Confederate Veterans April 27 and Kingston Woman’s History Club Inc. April 28.

Gen. P.M.B. Young Chapter No. 2373 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

Bringing “yesterday together with today,” President Ellie Eck believes the Gen. P.M.B. Young Chapter’s annual program helps the public remember the sacrifices of Confederate soldiers. To be held at Stiles Auditorium, 320 W. Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville, the UDC’s Confederate Memorial Day Observance will be presented Saturday at 11 a.m.

“It is going to be a memorial service where we dedicate the entire service to both the Confederates and to our soldiers, our veterans from the current wars and previous wars,” Eck said. “[So] it is primarily for the Confederate soldiers but we include everyone. [At the program] we have a dedication to the Confederate soldiers and I have two guest speakers.

“One is Robert Jones and he’ll be doing Confederate music, and I have another who is [delivering an] original [poetry] composition.

“... [These] ongoing services assure us that our dead are held in enduring remembrance because they gave their lives and dedication to their cause. It’s significant because we honor their bravery and their loyal obedience to the nation and everywhere and fighting for those who are oppressed. It’s kind of like a day that will help bring yesterday together with today, so that we just don’t ever forget and we continue to honor those who fought for what they believed in.”

For more information about the service, call Eck at 404-569-1952.

Stiles-Akin Camp No. 670 Sons of

Confederate Veterans

To pay tribute to the Confederate soldiers who fought in the Civil War, the Stiles-Akin Camp will present its Confederate Memorial Day Service April 27 at 9 a.m. at the Cassville Confederate Cemetery. The service will feature speaker Daryl Jean Gould; a wreath-laying ceremony; and all of the Confederate graves will be marked with miniature flags.

“[The purpose of this service is] to remember that they are also veterans that served their country,” said Stiles-Akin Camp Lt. Commander Dale Black. “There’s 300-plus unknown that are buried in Cassville cemetery. That’s why we [hold the service] there.

“Plus there’s about 50-plus in the main part of the cemetery that are Confederate veterans. [We want people] to learn about the history and what sacrifices that some of their ancestors made. That time was a different time but it’s the same struggle that we’re going through right now.”

Along with recognizing those who fought and died during the Civil War, the program also will highlight the town’s rich Confederate history.

Now a quiet, sparsely populated area, Cassville was once the cultural center of northwest Georgia. Known for its rich terrain, bustling business community and court cases, Cassville’s prominence came to a halt in 1864 as Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s troops burned the town. Even though Cassville was under Union occupation since May 1864, it was not destroyed by the 5th Ohio Regiment until Nov. 5.

After the torching, only three churches and three residences remained, some of which were serving as makeshift hospitals. In addition to the town’s transformation, its Confederate cemetery still shows evidence of the impact that the Civil War had on Cassville, with its display of about 300 graves.

For more information about the Confederate Memorial Day Service, contact Black at 678-322-6967.

Kingston Woman’s History Club

On April 28, the Confederate Memorial Day programs will conclude with Kingston Woman’s History Club’s offering.

Starting at 2:30 p.m., the 149th annual Confederate Memorial Day Observance will feature an address by George W. “Buddy” Darden; presentation of the colors by the Cassville High School ROTC; and music provided Chris Thomas, worship leader for Wax Baptist Church in Silver Creek and membership and marketing director for the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce.

After the service at the Kingston Baptist Church, 40 E. Main St., the program will proceed to the Confederate Cemetery, where the American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42 will give a military salute and Boy Scouts and other children will participate in a grave decoration. A Memorial Day Tea will follow at the Kingston Museum, Martha Mulinix Annex on East Main Street.

Organized in 1900, the Kingston Woman’s History Club grew out of a number of prior organizations, the first being the Soldiers Aid Society. In 1861 the society formed one of the first, if not the first, Wayside Home in the nation, where Confederate soldiers would receive food and medical attention when they passed through Kingston.

Along with organizing the longest continuous running Confederate Memorial Day service, the Kingston Woman’s History Club has been instrumental in many community service efforts, some of which include the Kingston City Park, making improvements to the Kingston Confederate Cemetery, operating the Kingston Woman’s History Club’s Museums and erecting a veteran’s monument in the city park.

To obtain more details about the Confederate Memorial Day service, call Nettie Holt at 770-386-0146 or Linda Leachman at 770-382-1747.