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A monumental honor: Giving Confederate soldiers their due

Members of Delaware Grays Camp 2068, Sons of Confederate Veterans of Seaford, include, from left, John Zoch, Richard Jamison, camp commander Jeff Plummer and Mark Brown. / staff photo by brice stump

 'All veterans should be honored, regardless of which side they were on'

Written by Brice Stump
GEORGETOWN — With the passing of almost 150 years since the end of the Civil War, there has been only one Confederate memorial in Delaware. A granite memorial, almost 14 feet tall, was placed on the grounds of the Nutter B. Marvel Museum in Georgetown in 2007.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans “Delaware Grays” Camp No. 2068 in Seaford, the United Daughters of the Confederacy “Caleb Ross” Chapter No. 2635 and the Georgetown Historical Society sponsored the construction of the monument. The cost of the memorial was underwritten by private organizations and donations, with no public or governmental sponsorship.

“Up until the Delaware Confederate Monument was placed here, there was not a single Confederate memorial in Delaware,” said camp adjutant John Zoch. “The only mention of a Confederate serving from Delaware is on a monument in Gettysburg.”

“We did this to honor the brave Delaware Confederates that left their homes and state to serve and fight for the South,” said Jeff Plummer, camp commander. “We have researched names of individuals from Delaware who served, and their names are inscribed on the monument.

“Though Delaware was a border state historically, New Castle County was pro-North and Kent and Sussex counties were pro-South. Obviously there were split loyalties within the state. Delaware was a slave state, and the majority of slaves were in Sussex County, a county tied to the economy of the rural South.”

North and South share cemeteries

The Seaford-based camp had initially requested the monument be placed on the grounds of the Gov. William H. Ross Mansion and Plantation in Seaford. The historical group there said the monument was not in keeping with the rural character of the site. Ross, whose name is among the 140 names presently cut into the stone, aided the Confederacy, and his son, Caleb, died while in Confederate service.

As for the granite, it was mandated that it come from a quarry in the South. Samuel “S.J.” Disharoon of Salisbury Monument said he personally made the 1,320-mile round trip to the quarry in Georgia to get the gray stone. According to Disharoon, the custom-cut stone memorial weighs about 28,000 pounds.

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African-American Savannah woman takes her place among United Daughters of the Confederacy

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News United Daughters of Confederacy member Georgia Benton.
A Savannah native, Georgia Benton grew up hearing about the Civil War service of her great-grandfather, a slave from Sumter, S.C., who followed his master to the battles of Sharpsburg, Gettysburg and Petersburg, and then brought his body home for burial when he was struck down by artillery fire and slain during the conflict’s final days.

“He was fighting for his land and his people,” Benton said of George W. Washington, who was 16 when he entered Confederate service in 1862 as the body servant of Lt. William Alexander McQueen, who was 22.

To honor Washington and his three years of wartime service, Benton took an audacious step: She decided to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

“I have every right to membership in the UDC, which along with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, remembers and recognizes the men who fought for and rendered service to the South during the Civil War,” said Benton.

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Helen Keller, Daughter of the Confederacy


Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her family lived on a homestead, Ivy Green, that Helen's grandfather had built decades earlier. Helen's father, Arthur H. Keller, spent many years as an editor for the Tuscumbia North Alabamian and had served as a captain for the Confederate Army. Helen's paternal grandmother was the second cousin of Robert E. Lee. Helen's mother, Kate Adams, was the daughter of Charles Adams. Though originally from Massachusetts, Charles Adams also fought for the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, earning the rank of brigadier-general.

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McLean House, Appomattox

 Ms. Novie Fuld as Martha Trent Ragland. The Ragland family bought the McLean House shortly after the surrender of General Lee's Confederate forces to the Union troops under the command of General Grant. In this clip Martha introduces her family. This is part of a longer program recorded on July 12, 2012, at the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp #1962, Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting in Belleville, Illinois.

Ms. Fuld is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. This was Ms. Fuld's first performance as Martha Trent.


Alabama's last known real daughter of the Confederacy buried in Cullman

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Norma Vivian Smith (center, seated) receives her certificate of membership for the United Daughters of the Confederacy in July 2010. Known as Alabama's last real daughter of the Confederacy, Smith was buried on Monday, January 9, 2012, in Cullman. (Submitted by Bettye Moore, president Joe Wheeler Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy)

Published: Monday, January 09, 2012

CULLMAN, Alabama --- Alabama's last known real daughter of Confederacy, Norma Vivian Smith, was buried today in Cullman. 

Smith, 89, who died Jan. 7, was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Denney, a soldier who fought in the Civil War as part of Company H in the 31st Alabama Infantry regiment. Smith's brother, Tyus, lives in Tarrant and is in his 90s. 

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Arkansas Civil War buffs remember Confederate boy hero

LITTLE ROCK, Ark | Sat Jan 7, 2012 

(Reuters) - David O. Dodd is known as Arkansas' boy martyr of the Confederacy.

On Saturday, about 100 people gathered in the historic Mount Holly Cemetery to remember Dodd, who was 17 when the Union Army hanged him as a spy. Civil War re-enactors and history buffs have been holding the annual event for decades.

"We honor and respect him as an individual who had principles," said Danny Honnoll of Jonesboro, Ark., a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. "How many of us have principles that we are willing to die for?"

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Confederate flag removed from Caddo Courthouse overnight


By Sean Staggs - bio | email


The Confederate Flag that flew for six decades in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse is gone.

Originally, the plan called for the flag to be removed by 4:00 p.m. Friday, however it was gone from the flagpole and replaced with an American Flag just hours after the Caddo Parish Commission voted 11 to 1 to remove the pole.

Lynda Gramling, President, Shreveport Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy confirms the flag was taken down overnight because she says  they "wanted it to be honored and not turned into a media circus."  

Grambling says they replaced it with an American flag, but that flag was also taken down, because it was flying below the Louisiana state flag.

Caddo Parish District 9 Commissioner Mike Thibodeaux had suggested moving the Confederate flag to the Greenwood Cemetery, where a number Confederate soldiers are buried. Gramling says that will not happen, however, because there are already enough Confederate flags flying there already.

Gramling says the flag will be stored in the possession of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

The Confederate monument on which the flag flew for 60 years remains, featuring a Confederate soldier and the busts of Generals Lee and Jackson, Beauregard and Allen. 

From ksla.com