Confederate soldiers honored with memorial monument
Despite temperatures pushing nearly 100 degrees, more than 100 people gathered Saturday at the Cliett family cemetery in Powersville for the unveiling of a monument honoring Confederate soldiers. The ceremony was the culmination of five years of hard work from Warner Robins' Lt. James T. Woodward Camp No. 1399 to find a home for the granite monument which has the quote, "Carved out of the endurance of granite, God created his masterpiece, the Confederate soldier," a quote by Lillian Henderson, engraved on it.
The monument also has bricks with the names of Confederate soldiers engraved on them. Bricks can be purchased from the camp for $25 each and are a permanent part of the monument.
People from around the state and from more than a half dozen SCV camps traveled to Powersville for the ceremony.
"Itís been quite a long journey," said Commander Chris Pritchett of the Warner Robins Lt. James T. Woodward Camp No. 1399. "Weíre very pleased to be here today. The camp is grateful for everything." Pritchett told the crowd that three Civil War soldiers were known to be buried in the small cemetery located just off the Ga. 247 Conn., but as of Friday, another Confederate soldier was discovered there by Ricky Smith, a camp member and a local historian.
Confederate flags were placed on the graves of each of the soldiers. The soldiers buried in the cemetery are Sgt. Maj. Oscar A. Cliett 55th GA. Reg. Co. A; Corp. John H. M. Cliett, 64th GA Reg. Co. G; Sgt. George P. Lamar 2nd NC Inf. Co. E; and newly discovered Capt. George W. Allen 3rd Reg. GA Reserves Co. E.
Guest speaker Pastor John Weaver spoke about the honor of Confederate soldiers and their convictions for fighting for what they believed to be true. "We owe the Confederate soldier," said Weaver. "No group of men ever went so far with so little." Weaver went on to say, "No amount of sacrifice, no amount of suffering is too great for truth."
The crowd was entertained by Simple Heritage singing "Bonnie Blue Flag" and "Dixie" and camp member Chris Day was presented an award for his hard work and dedication with getting the monument a home.
"I think itís really wonderful," said Ruth Dent of Powersville, a member of the Cliett family. "I think itís great really and hope it (the monument) will be here forever. It reminds us of the sacrifices they made."
For more information about purchasing a brick at the monument, visit the Camp's website or contact Steve Scroggins at 478-475-5905.
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