Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kentucky Confederate Soldiers to Be Honored As Part of Tullahoma Campaign Sesquicentennial


Kentucky Confederate Soldiers to Be Honored As Part of Tullahoma Campaign Sesquicentennial

11 of the 13 Confederate states, including Kentucky, had soldiers die in hospitals or camps near Tullahoma, TN between October 1862 and July 1863, a time period which included the actions of the Tullahoma Campaign following the Battle of Murfreesboro (Stones River). Over 500 were buried in a mass grave in the cemetery on Maplewood Avenue in Tullahoma. In recent years efforts were made to memorialize the soldiers from the 11 states, with nine states thus far placing memorials. On June 28th, Kentucky and South Carolina representatives will be in Tullahoma to place the final two markers for their respective soldiers.

Kentucky will be represented by Kentucky Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander John Suttles, who said “It is our solemn duty to honor our fallen Kentucky heroes, and to memorialize their final resting place”. Kentucky contributed over 40,000 volunteers to the Confederate armed forces. “We will never forget our Confederate soldiers, these men of the First Kentucky “Orphan” Brigade, and their sacrifice in the defense of liberty”, Suttles continued.

The ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 28th at the Maplewood cemetery. There will be living history demonstrations of civilian and military life, a one-act play “Soldier, Come Home” and music concerts. The event is open to the public.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a fraternal, non-political, and non-partisan military and heritage organization founded in 1896 to perpetuate the honor of the fighting soldier of the Confederacy. It has over 30,000 members worldwide.

For more information, contact:

John Suttles, Cmdr. Kentucky Division SCV, kyjohnnyrebel@comcast.net

O.B. Wilkinson, Cemetery Trustee 931-571-7311