In 2007, a 12-foot-tall and 16-foot-wide granite memorial rose from the ground upon its unveiling at the Marvel Museum in Georgetown. The dedication of this monument was the fulfillment of the Delaware Grays Camp #2068, Sons of Confederate Veterans, pledge to honor those Delawareans who served the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
On Saturday, April 25, ceremonies will take place on the grounds of the museum as part of an annual remembrance of their service. From noon until 3 p.m., those in attendance will be able to enjoy guest speakers, a relic table, silent auction and refreshments. The event is free of charge, and the public is being invited to join in the festivities.
A special feature will be adding the names of two Confederate soldiers to the monument. As a result of ongoing research, the SCV learned that Pvt. Thomas R. Blandy of Newark served with the 18th Virginia Infantry and Pvt. Alexander Wooters, also from Delaware, was a member of the 1st Maryland Cavalry.
A prayer will be offered before the activities begin, followed by a salute to the U.S. and Confederate flags. Delaware Grays Camp #2068 Cmdr. Jeffrey Plummer will speak about the two soldiers whose names will be added to the monument. A flag-raising and rifle salute will also take place.
The principal speaker at Saturday’s gathering will be Ben Jones, whom many will remember in the role of “Cooter Davenport” on the 1980s television show “Dukes of Hazzard.” Jones has had a long career as an actor, playwright and essayist. He also served for four years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s 4th District, 1989 to 1993.
Last year, Susan Hathaway was the guest speaker and gave a rousing talk about her involvement as a “Virginia flagger.” All four of her great-great-grandfathers fought for the South, and she actively promotes display of the Confederate flag. She was inspired by the valor of Delaware Confederates who had to travel South under threat of arrest and imprisonment.
The previous year, Shannon Pritchard spoke about her book “Collecting the Confederacy.” She wrote about artifacts and antiques from the “War Between the States.”
The annual remembrance will take place at the site of the monument on the grounds of the Marvel Museum. This is also the location of the Georgetown Historical Society, at 510 South Bedford Street.
As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s conclusion, it is important to understand the role that Delawareans played in the attempt on the part of Southern states to secede from the Union and create a separate nation, the Confederate States of America. The SCV’s annual remembrance will serve to enlighten the public about the driving forces behind these ill-fated efforts.
For further information, contact Jeff Plummer at (302) 381-0785 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Beach resident Thomas J. Ryan’s latest book is “Spies, Scouts & Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign” (May 2015). Contact him at email@example.com, or visit his website www.tomryan-civilwar.com.