By Terri Ferguson Smith / email@example.com
The Meridian Star
Remembering the sacrifices of southern soldiers who fought on the side of the Confederacy during the American Civil War brought descendants and history enthusiasts together Sunday.
Members of the Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans gathered to pay tribute to fallen soldiers buried at the Confederate Memorial Cemetery in Marion on Sunday.
Britt Gully, the camp commander, said the exact number of soldiers buried there is unknown, but there are at least 150. The markers placed in the field in the 1920s by the Daughters of the Confederacy do not necessarily correspond with the soldiers' grave sites, Gully said. Some of the soldiers had fought in the battles of Corinth and Shiloh and were brought to the Marion Confederate Field Hospital by train where many later died of their wounds. Most of those buried there died in 1862 or 1863.
"History is important. These boys died a long way from home. They took up arms to defend their farms and their country and constitutional government. Nobody knows what they went through and the sacrifice they made. I think it's important that we look back and remember al of our veterans," Gully said.
The event featured a color guard, fire salutes, music, prayer and a devotional.
"We have a memorial service out here every year just to remember them. I have ancestors who were in the war and died in other places. One is in Georgia. I hope somebody's doing a service to remember them over there."
Sons of Confederate Veterans was founded in 1896, Gully said.
"We just take this time to remember them and their sacrifices."