Rite of Dedication Confederate Grave Plot
February 9, 2002
Gratefully Appreciate Your Attendance
Veterans’ Resting Place
2200 Pine Street
February 9, 2002
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.
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.
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.
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:
9270 Shepherd Dr.
Beaumont, TX 77707
409-866-1655 (after 4:00 pm)
September 7 & 8, 2002
The Battle of Sabine Pass Reenactment
The Dick Dowling Camp #1295 is the primary sponsor.
This is a old postcard of the entrance to Magnolia Cemetery.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Camp's Mail address is:
Dick Dowling Camp #1295 SCV
P.O. Box 1863
Beaumont, Texas 77704-1863.