Sons of the Confederate Veterans
Dedicate the Stones
of CSA Soldiers in the Tacoma
July 21, 2001,
a crowd of about 50
spectators and descendants gathered in the
Tacoma Cemetery between Norton and Coeburn
to dedicate the stones of William Jasper Flanary
and George W. Cavendish,
two of eight known Confederate soldiers buried
Jim Flanary, Commander of the Lee-Piedmont
unit of the SCV arranged the ceremony with members of the Wise Partisan
Rangers and other re-enactors for the dedication.
The day was very humid,
but there was a cool breeze blowing through the cemetery located on the
top of a hill overlooking Tacoma. The cemetery was in extremely good condition
and is maintained by Joy Jones and a small group of individuals who keep
the cemetery mowed and are in the process of repairing broken and overturned
flags were placed between the two stones be dedicated and battle
flags were placed over the stones. Dixie floated
in the breeze while we awaited the commencement of the ceremony. Karen
Peters read the tribute to George Cavendish, her ancestor and Mr.
Flanary read the tribute for William Jasper Flanary. When the
tributes were finished the troops marched into
the cemetery to stand in front of the billowing flags and gave a gun
salute to the soldiers. Then to the sad and plaintive Taps, they
saluted the flags and lowered their swords toward the ground.
With the completion of
Taps, two soldiers, among whom was Sgt. Walt Rivers, folded the flag covering
the stone of William Jasper Flanary and presented
it to his descendant. The soldiers then folded the flag over
the grave of George Cavendish and presented it to
Mildred Horne, a descendant.
A young man read a poem
and poignantly he was about the same age, maybe a little older, than George
Cavendish who was only 16 and Jasper Flanary.
With the presentation
of the flags, the ceremony concluded, but people continued to linger in
the cemetery swapping stories and genealogy...just wishing it had lasted
a little longer.