Sons of Confederate Veterans Remember 16th Tennessee Infantry

May 30, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page

Members of the Savage-Goodner Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans held a Memorial Day "Grand Reunion of the 16th Tennessee Infantry" Monday.

The remembrance program was held at the 303 building downtown followed by a barbeque lunch.

Shawn Jacobs and Mike Corley at Memorial Day Observance from dwayne page on Vimeo.
The program featured remarks by Savage Goodner Camp SCV Historian Shawn Jacobs and Commander Mike Corley. Jacobs also read a poem for the occasion called "Memorial Day". Local Historian Tommy Webb gave an account of the trials and tribulations suffered by the men of the 16th Tennessee Infantry and Drew Fedak and his band performed some songs from the Civil War time period during lunch.

Drew Fedak and Friends from dwayne page on Vimeo.

A thousand men from the Caney Fork region, including DeKalb County, volunteered to serve their country 150 years ago as part of a body of soldiers which became a renowned Confederate regiment called the 16th Tennessee Infantry. With former Congressman John Savage selected as their colonel, These men fought on battlefields in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. By the end of the war, less than one hundred remained.

During Monday's observance, a wreath was laid at the Confederate Memorial Monument at the courthouse lawn and later in the day a gravemarker was placed at the site of a previously unmarked confederate grave in the Belk community.

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