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Oak Hill Cemetery Dedication In Honor of Confederate Veterans – Oct 27, 2012

S.C.V. and U.D.C. to Dedicate Memorial at Oak Hill Cemetery
A Flag Presentation Ceremony dedicating a flag pole and honoring sixty Confederate veterans interred in Oak Hill Cemetery of Johnson City, Tennessee was held on Saturday, February 19, 2011. Receiving the First National Flag was President Katie Green Walker of Johnson City Chapter 754, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Presenting the flag was the late Lt. Commander Gene Bolling of Colonel John S. Mosby Camp #1409 Kingsport, Vaughn’s Brigade, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The flag was the first known Confederate flag to fly in Oak Hill Cemetery, which has the largest known number of Confederate veterans of any cemetery in Washington County.
On October 27, Vaughn’s Brigade and its respective camps and U.D.C. Chapter #754 of Johnson City are returning to dedicate a memorial stone which has been set at the base of the flag pole. The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Chapter #754 of Johnson City will be the host organization; the service is to be conducted per the U.D.C. Ritual Book. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The cemetery is located on Lamont Street, 1.2 miles east of the James H. Quillen VAMC . Canopies will be provided if necessary. Please bring your own chairs. The public is invited to attend.
For additional information call Mrs. Katie Green Walker at 423-926-0680, Joe Adkins at423-677-9306 or Bill Hicks at 423-542-6782.

Washington County Historical Association News

The WCHA Announces Samuel Cole Williams Award Recipient

The Washington County Historical Association will present Elaine Scott Cantrell with the 2012 Samuel Cole Williams Award at its banquet on Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee, at 7 pm.

Elaine Scott Cantrell is a very knowledgeable historian as well as genealogist in the Washington County community. She serves as a founding member and supporter of both the Washington County, Tennessee Obituary Project and the Cemetery Survey Team of Northeast Tennessee. She has extensive volumes of work on several of the area families as well as the history of the area, among these are a 24 volume set of pictures of historic Washington County, Tennessee made from 2000 to 2003. She, also, has done extensive work on Oak Hill Cemetery in Johnson City, Tennessee. Mary Hardin McCown, former Johnson City historian, wrote in the minutes of Oak Hill Cemetery that “Only the Lord knew how many unmarked graves are in Oak Hill Cemetery.” Elaine makes it her mission to find each and every grave. She was inducted into the Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s Hall of Fame as a member of the 2012 class. She, also, is helping with and co-teaching the Lamar History Club at Lamar Elementary School, Jonesborough, Tennessee. She is a member of the Washington County Historical Association, Watauga Association of Genealogists, Friends of the Washington County, Tennessee Archives and the Jonesborough Genealogical Society. 


Also at the Banquet, Fred Sauceman, a native of Greeneville, Tennessee, will be our speaker. Fred Sauceman Senior Writer, Executive Assistant to the President for University Relations, and Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, where he teaches a course entitled “The Foodways of Appalachia” and edits Now &  Then: The Appalachian Magazine. He writes a monthly food column,” Potluck,” for the Johnson City Press and authors the “Flavors” page for Blue Ridge Country magazine. His stories about food and Southern culture are heard on “Inside Appalachia,” a radio program produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. “Food with Fred” appears monthly on WJHL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee. Fred is the author of a three volume book series, The Place Setting: Timeless Tastes of the Mountain South, from Bright Hope to Frog Level, about the foodways of Appalachia. His work has appeared in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Bluegrass Unlimited, The Encyclopedia of Alabama, and CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual. He is a contributor to the journal Southern Cultures, published by the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2011, his work on Virginia apples was featured in Place-Based Foods of Appalachia: From Rarity to Community Restoration and Market Recovery, produced by the Renewing America’s Food Traditions alliance. A member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Fred is the editor of that organization’s book Cornbread Nation 5: The Best of Southern Food Writing, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2010, in partnership with the University of Mississippi. He is creator of the book Home and Away: A University Brings Food to the Table, published by ETSU in 2000 .In collaboration with several other food scholars across the South, Fred is one of the authors of The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook, which was published in October of 2010 by the University of Georgia Press. Fred has directed five documentary films. His first, A Red Hot Dog Digest, traces the history of that product on Southwest Virginia’s Lee Highway. It was named one of “the best short films on southern foodways” by Southern Cultures. His second documentary, Beans All the Way: A Story of Pintos and Persistence, relates the history of The Bean Barn, a soup bean restaurant that originated in 1946 in Greeneville, Tennessee. Mountain Mojo: A Cuban Pig Roast in East Tennessee tells the story of a group of Cuban exiles who gather every fall in Kingsport, Tennessee, to roast a pig and to remember. Smoke in the Holler: The Saucy Story of Ridgewood Barbecue was released in December of 2011. Fred’s latest film, Ramps and Ruritans: Tales of the Revered and Reeking Leek of Flag Pond, Tennessee, debuted in the spring of 2012. Fred is curator of the exhibit, “Lens on the Larder: The Foodways of Appalachia in Focus,” featured at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans from July to October of 2012. He is also a regular contributor to the museum’s magazine, OKRA. Fred is married to the former Jill Marie Derting of Gate City, Virginia.


Any one interested in attending the WCHA Banquet, MUST RSVP and prepaid the $20 banquet cost by Friday, October 19, 2012, to the
Washington County Historical Association
Gene Hurdt, Treasurer
471 Old Embreeville Road
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659


Memorial Dedication

Folks who live in Elizabethton and Carter County, Tennessee have always called the tall white structure near the Carter County Courthouse……”the monument”. Work began on the monument, which was to be dedicated “to the memory of the old soldiers of Carter County since the days of the Revolution” in 1912. An original appropriation of $500 was set aside by Carter County Court “to aid erection of a monument to the soldiers of Carter County.” Rev. D.P. Wilcox, a minister and a Union Civil War Veteran supervised the construction. Other contributions came from Elizabethton and Carter County Citizens. Officially called the Veterans’ Monument, it is located at Courthouse Square at the intersection of E. Elk Avenue and S. Main Street.

The Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp #2083 of Elizabethton will be unveiling a memorial dedicated to the Confederate soldiers of Carter County. The Confederate memorial will be placed at the base of the Veterans’ Monument.
The memorial dedication service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13th. There is no charge and the public is cordially invited. Please bring folding chairs for seating.
The event will feature the Tennessee Division Color Guard of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, under the command of Mr. Bryan Green, Aide-de-Camp to the Tennessee Division; Company B 19th Tennessee Infantry Regiment as the Honor Guard under the command of brevet Captain Ric Dulaney.
Period music will be presented by Can*Joe John. Featured speakers will be City Manager Mr. Fred Edens, who is also a member of the Lt. Robert D.Powell Camp#1817 of Blountville and Mr. Ed Butler, a past Commander of the Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, who will present “The Greatest Fighting Force Ever Assembled”. Other speakers will represent the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Order of Confederate Rose.