On Saturday, April 12, at 2:00 pm, the McLaws Camp #79 will sponsor a Confederate and War of 1812 gravemarker dedication for soldiers buried in the historic Tyrone Cemetery next to Tyrone Town Hall.
Henry Drayton Stewart, War of 1812, and his son-in-law Andrew David McDearmond, Confederate States Army, have received VA provided grave markers indicating their faithful service. McDearmond was killed in action on September 17, 1862, at the Battle of Sharpsburg, Maryland. He was a Private in Company I of the 13th Georgia Infantry Regiment. Family members from Ohio and Texas are coming to Fayette County for the dedication ceremony.
The ceremony is taking place this month in conjunction with Confederate Memorial Day which will be observed on Saturday, April 26, at 7:00 pm at the gazebo area of Heritage Park in downtown Fayetteville. The ceremony will feature reenactors, bagpipes, and and a rifle salute at the old Fayetteville cemetery after the service at the gazebo.
During the day prior to the evening service, the Living History Team of the McLaws Camp will set up an authentic Confederate Camp on the grounds of the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum complete with drums, uniforms, muskets, and much more. The Camp will be open for the public to visit (along with the musuem which has a nominal entrance fee) from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Soldiers will be on duty to answer questions, and entertain "recruits" with drill and the school of the soldier.
Also that afternoon, the Camp will have an old fashioned Southern social at the gazebo area of Heritage Park. Members and their families will have displays related to Confederate and Southern history on display along with courtesy snacks and drinks for visitors. Members and the public are invited to stop by and visit and ask questions about the Sons of Confederate Veterans and its mission. Members that are genealogists will be on hand to provide tips and information on researching your ancestry related to the war period. The social will be from 2:00 pm till 5:00 pm.
Confederate Memorial Day is an official State holiday in Georgia and it is the States oldest official holiday. CMD was created by legislation in 1874. It is also the inspiration for national Memorial Day in May. Mrs. (Union General) John "Black Jack" Logan attended a CMD service after the War Between the States and was so impressed with the service that she and her husband began the drive to create what would soon become national Memorial Day.
April is also Confederate History and Heritage Month as declared by proclamation by Gov. Sonny Perdue. In addition, the McLaws Camp is honored to announce that the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, The City of Fayetteville, The Town of Brooks, The City of Peachtree City, and The Town of Brooks have all declared April to be CHHM, acknowledged April 26 as CMD, and several have declared 2008 to be the "Year of Davis". The "Year of Davis" is part of a national SCV project to honor the bicentennial birth of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and highlight not only his contribution to the Southern history, but his dedicated service as an American war hero, statesman, and administrator.
The McLaws Camp will be placing CSA flags on the graves of approximately 280 (of the nearly 1,000) Confederate Veterans buried in Fayette County prior to CMD.