Memorial Day Ceremonies

James Watkins Family Cemetery
Monday Evening, May 25, 2009

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Missionary Ridge Camp #63 began the Memorial Day evening by stopping at the James Watkins Cemetery in the middle of the Old Mill Trace Subdivision near Ringgold, Georgia.

Several members of our camp proudly stand at James Watkins' grave. A brief ceremony was performed which drew the attention of several residents of the surrounding subdivision.

James Watkins did what he thought was "right" at the start of the War by leaving home, family and friends, and walking to Nashville to join a Union unit. He eventually found himself in the 4th Tennessee Infantry (not sure if this is a battery, battalion or regiment). He survived the War and returned to his North Georgia home to resume his farming profession.

After this ceremony, the Camp held its May meeting at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in East Ridge. Our next stop took us to the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery to honor two Union soldiers buried there.