|View single post by Albert Sailhorst|
|Posted: Tue Mar 17th, 2009 08:56 pm||
|The website for the SCV Camp 469 of Rome, GA (http://scvcamp469-nbf.com/hollandservice.htm) presents the following in relation to a black Confederate's grave:
"Sunday, September 08, 2002
The time came for Creed Holland to get the recognition he was due. He was a black slave, but also a Confederate soldier. And for such, Creed Holland was honored Saturday morning at a graveside ceremony in a small cemetery behind Riverview Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.
The Jubal Early chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy
dedicated Confederate memorial markers to Creed Holland and two other
black Confederate soldiers, also named Holland, from Franklin County.
Hazel Holland Davis, a member of the Jubal Early chapter and
great-granddaughter of a Confederate soldier, organized the service as
part of a chapterwide project to identify Confederate soldiers' graves in
The three Holland soldiers, of no known relation to each other or
to Davis, worked as slaves on Thomas J. Holland's 732-acre farm in Glade
Hill. Thomas Holland was Davis' great-great-grandfather.
The service was a rare memorial that honored the little-known Confederate soldiers: enslaved black soldiers.
About 45 Confederate re-enactors and members of the United Daughters of
the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans performed the ceremony,
which included poems, speeches, prayers and customary military funeral rites such as cannonball volleys and rifle shots."
The article goes on in other detail (but I felt was too long to continue quoting here).
Without name-caling and dismissing opinions as "ridiculous", I think this is a very interesting, educational topic! It has certainly caused me to do some research and I am learning from it!