Monday, April 25, 2011

SCV camp installs Stone Mtn. headstones

For years, unknown Confederate soldiers who died of disease and wounds at hospitals in the village of Stone Mountain, Ga., rested under stones that became weathered or in disrepair.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans' Confederate Memorial Camp No. 1432 in recent months has been placing new granite markers in the historic Stone Mountain Cemetery east of Atlanta.

At this Tuesday evening's annual Confederate Memorial Day service, those in attendance will see the 144 markers put in so far. The camp plans to install 58 more. There are about 280 known and unknown Confederates in the city cemetery. The April 26 service starts at 6:30 p.m. at the cemetery.

The effort has been led by camp commander Jeff Bailey.

The 46 members' next goal is installing a Southern Cross of Honor on the graves of 80 known veterans.

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