Missionary Ridge Camp #63
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

2012 Memorial Day Ceremonies

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2012 Memorial Day
Our Memorial Day tribute began at the familiar James Watkins Family Cemetery, located in the middle of Old Mill Trace Subdivision in Catoosa County, Georgia. Here, we see Camp participants Mark Kemp, Harvey Scarborough, Robert Dobbs, Mark Steele and James Fletcher just after the wreath-laying ceremony.

 

All photos courtesy of Debbie Kemp

Below, the Camp salutes two Union soldiers buried in the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery. They, like many of the Confederate dead buried here, were "unknown" at the time of their removal from the original cemetery located near the banks of the Tennessee River. Flood waters washed away headboards and several of the graves before all of the soldiers were interred at this higher location. Since many could not be positively identified, including our two Union soldiers, several stones remembering particular individuals now stand at random in this cemetery since all unidentified ramains were buried together.
2012 Memorial Day
At right, our Camp pauses a moment to give Debbie Kemp another opportunity to break her camera. Somehow, that didn't happen, so she was stuck having to finish out her photo shoot with this same motly crew!!

It wasn't long before we were back in our cars and heading to our next stop, the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

2012 Memorial Day
The day's events ended in the National Cemetery. Missionary Ridge Camp #63, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, was once again pleased to present Mr. James Ogden of the National Park Service, historian at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, for the annual Torchlight Tour of the Veterans Administration's Chattanooga National Cemetery. Approximately 90 persons attended this year's event - once again, conducted by the light of replica 1860s period torches. Fourteen graves were visited during this year's tour.
2012 Memorial Day
2012 Memorial Day
At left, we see Camp members Harvey Scarborough and Mark Kemp at the Ohio Monument to the Andrews Raiders. Here, Harvey Scarborough gave a short biography of each of the eight Raiders that were executed by Confederate Military authorities in June 1862 (150 years ago). The flash of the camera belies the torchlight and lantern light that was actually available.

Four of the eight Raiders here were awarded the Medal of Honor. One of them, Sergeant Major Marion Andrew Ross of the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment is the Nation's first posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor!