9th Annual Confederate Memorial Day
at the Georgia Monument
Chickamauga Battlefield

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Georgia Confederate Memorial Day - April 26         Tennessee Confederate Decoration Day - June 3

On Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 2:00 PM, and for the ninth year in a row, several Confederate Veterans groups joined forces to hold Confederate memorial services at the Georgia Monument in Chickamauga Battlefield. This event takes place in April because the War Between the States began and ended in April and because Georgia has designated April as Confederate History and Heritage Month. Although rain showers came and went most of the day, the weather was decent long enough for the crowd of about sixty people to enjoy the event.

For years, our Camp has had the honor to participate in this annual event with our brethren Confederate units. Much like the predecessor organizations (United Confederate Veterans and Grand Army of the Republic), today's descendants of War veterans continue to remember the sacrifices of their ancestors.

Pausing for a moment, our own Charlie Engle, Tommy Smith and Mark Kemp display the National Colors in front of the Georgia Monument at Chickamauga Battlefield.

In addition to honoring all Georgia troops participating in the Battle of Chickamauga (Sept. 19-20, 1863), the Georgia Monument helps to pay tribute to one brigade in particular, Henry Lewis Benning's Georgia Brigade. Just south of this spot, the brigade turned north along LaFayette Road to attack Union positions holding a defensive line from Poe Field to the Glenn-Kelly Road. The fight was fierce and Benning had two horses shot out from under him. But Union forces were able to hold their own until ordered to withdraw later in the day. Ft. Benning near Columbus, Georgia was named after the Confederate Brigadier General.

Chaplain for today's event was our own James Fletcher. Standing just to the right of the National Colors, SUVCW Camp Commander Fletcher opened the ceremony with a prayer. Jim honors his five Confederate ancestors and one Union ancestor as a member of both the State of Dade Camp 707, SCV and Missionary Ridge Camp 63, SUVCW. Dressed here in Confederate uniform, he is known to wear a blue/gray reversible vest that keeps him prepared for any occasion!
This year's ceremony was similar to last year's. Click here to learn more about the background for this event and last year's Memorial Ceremony.

A similar event is held annually for Tennessee Confederate Decoration Day in the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery (East 5th Street at Collins Street) and sponsored by the N. B. Forrest Camp #3, Sons of Confederate Veterans. This year's ceremony is planned for Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 2:00 PM.