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Dick Dowling Camp #1295
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Beaumont, Texas


Rite of Dedication Confederate Grave Plot
at the
Magnolia Cemetery

February 9, 2002
Beaumont, Texas

Dick Dowling Camp #1295
Sons of Confederate Veterans

And

Magnolia Cemetery

Gratefully Appreciate Your Attendance
At This


Rite of Dedication

At the


United Confederate Veterans
Albert Sidney Johnson

Camp


No.75

Veterans’ Resting Place

Magnolia Cemetery
2200 Pine Street
Beaumont, Texas

February 9, 2002

Historical Background:

From the Magnolia Cemetery Board of Directors meeting of January 11, 1905:

Motion by W.P.H. McFaddin, seconded by Jno. N. Gilbert, that lots 41 to 51 in section F be subdivided into quarters at $15.00 each. Carried.
Motion by J.N. Gilbert, seconded by W.P.H. McFaddin, that Confederate Veterans, A.S.J. Camp, have privilege of burial in lot #40, section F. Carried (Notify Capt. O’Brien).
Motion by J.N. Gilbert, seconded by W.P.H. McFaddin, that meeting be adjourned. Carried.

Twelve members of Albert Sidney Johnson Camp #75 of the United Confederate Veterans were interred in lot #40, the first in 1909 and the last in 1929. The identities of only five were recorded in the cemetery’s records and eleven of the graves remain unmarked. The Jefferson County Historical Commission undertook the task of identifying the veterans in the unmarked graves. In 1998, members of Dick Dowling Camp 1295 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans continued the effort to afford these American veterans the recognition and honor due them.

After over three years of research and field work by a very dedicated SCV team, and the gracious assistance of Magnolia Cemetery, nine of these veterans have now been identified and eight of their resting places properly marked.

They are:


Pvt. JAMES K.P. Byrun
Fireman 1ST Class Michael Daly
Pvt. ARRON DRAKE
Pvt. William Grady
Pvt. Robert E. MacKan
Pvt. R.M. Mickelborough
Pvt. Oba R, Morrison
Pvt. Lucius E. Wasson
Pvt. Louis Wendling

The search for the identities of the remaining three men continues.



Program for the Rite of Dedication
Magnolia Cemetery
February 9, 2002

Posting of the Colors………………….Confederate Color Guard,
Commanded by Ron Strybos,
Third Lt. Commander of the Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Invocation……………………………..Jay Camp, Chaplain,
Dick Dowling Camp 1295, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Opening Remarks……………………...Michael McGreevy, Lt. Commander,
Dick Dowling Camp 1295, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Remarks………………………………..Carolyn Jamail, Chapter 404, Registrar,
Chairman of Cemetery Records and Grave Markers,
Texas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

Unveiling……………………………….Darliene Mott-Smart, Chapter Representative,
Kate Dorman Chapter 11, Order of Confederate Rose

Dedication………………………………Dena Lambert, President,
Dick Dowling Chapter 404, United Daughters of the Confederacy

Rifle Salute……………………………… Confederate Honor Guard,
Commanded by Bernard Perricone,
Walter P. Lane Camp 1745, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Artillery Salute “Silent Drill”……………. Confederate Honor Battery,
Commanded by Donald D. Smart, Commander,
Dick Dowling Camp 1295, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Benediction………………………………..Bernice Elgar, Chapter 404, Chaplain,
Recorder of Military Service Awards, Texas Division,
United Daughters of the Confederacy

Retire the Colors…………………………... Confederate Color Guard

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Many thanks to the following people who’s tireless efforts made this event possible:

Jerry Tatum, Darlene and Donald Smart, Steve Cropper, Everett Culver, Bill Quick, Mildred Wright, Bruce Hamilton, Wanda Weatherford, Donaly Brice, Bernice Elgar, Paul Allen, Douglas Porter, Mike McGreevy, Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Staff, Chapters of the Confederate Rose, Children of the Confederacy, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Living History Reenactors, and the Magnolia Cemetery Staff.

Press Announcement:

On Saturday, February 9th at 2:00 pm, Magnolia Cemetery and Dick Dowling Camp #1295 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans of Beaumont, Texas will host a ceremony dedicating nine new Civil War veteran's grave markers.

On January 11th, 1905, the Board of Directors of Magnolia Cemetery voted to donate lot 40 in section F to the Albert Sydney Johnson Camp #75 of the United Confederate Veterans for burial of indigent Civil War veterans.

Twelve veterans were interred there (the last in 1929). The identities of only five were recorded in the cemetery's records, and eleven of the graves remained unmarked. In 1999 members of the Dick Dowling Camp undertook to correct this.

After over two years of research and field work by many people, and the gracious assistance of Magnolia Cemetery, the Terrell Historic Library, the Sam Houston Research Center, the U.S. Veterans Administration, and the Texas State Archives, ten of these veterans have now been identified and nine of their resting places properly marked.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans was founded in 1896 in Richmond Virginia, and is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of veterans of the Confederate Armed Services with over 28,000 members world wide. The Dick Dowling Camp of Beaumont was chartered in 1968. Its charter members included then Mayor Ken Ritter and the late U.S. Senator John Tower.

The ceremony will take place at Magnolia Cemetery on Pine St. in Beaumont, Texas, and will include full Civil War period military color guard as well as infantry, cavalry, and a six gun artillery salute.

For more information, contact:
Mike McGreevy
9270 Shepherd Dr.
Beaumont, TX 77707
409-866-1655 (after 4:00 pm)
SCV1295@aol.com

Other Activities of the Dick Dowling Camp #1295 in 2002

January 5, 2002
Confederate Grave Marking
Oak Bluff Cemetery
Port Neches, Texas

September 7 & 8, 2002
The Battle of Sabine Pass Reenactment
The Dick Dowling Camp #1295 is the primary sponsor.

Click here to go to the Sabine Pass Reenactment Page

Magnolia Cemetery

This is a old postcard of the entrance to Magnolia Cemetery.

Information about the Dick Dowling Camp #1295


The Dick Dowling Camp was named in honor of Lt. Richard W."Dick" Dowling,
the Hero of the Battle of Sabine Pass.

The Dick Dowling Camp meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM
in the Saloon of Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum
on the grounds of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

For more information on the Dick Dowling Camp e-mail:

Commander Mike McGreevy at SCV1295@aol.com or call (409) 866-1655.
or Editor Bruce A. Hamilton at bham1954@att.net

Click here to go to the Dick Dowling Camp Page

The Camp's Mail address is:
Dick Dowling Camp #1295 SCV
P.O. Box 1863
Beaumont, Texas 77704-1863.

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