Flagpole and Monument Dedicated to Confederate Soldiers Buried in Oconee County

Sunday's ceremony at Watkinsville Cemetery also honored the late Robert N. Hale, Sr., who was instrumental in marking the graves of Confederate soldiers in Oconee and surrounding counties.

The Brig. Gen. T.R.R. Cobb Camp No. 97 Sons of the Confederate Veterans on April 22, 2012 held a flagpole and monument dedication ceremony to honor Confederate soldiers buried in Oconee County.

The ceremony took place at Watkinsville Cemetery, where 34 Confederate soldiers are known to be buried. Their names were read aloud and the flags were raised while Taps was played. The 18th Ga. Vol. Infantry Honor Guard posted the colors and also gave a musket salute.

Also recognized was the late Robert N. Hale, Sr., who spent much of his life researching the service of those soldiers who died and ordering and installing headstones to mark their graves throughout Oconee and surrounding counties.  His family was presented with a plaque in Hale's honor and they unveiled the monument.

A solar light will be installed on the flagpole so that it will be visible day and night.

Watkinsville Mayor Charles Ivie announced that contributions made to the ongoing maintenance of the cemetery are now tax deductible.

On Confederate Memorial Day, Thursday, April 26, another ceremony will be held at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens at 4 p.m.

Charles Gard'ner April 24, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Is there a group in Oconee Co.also doing research into the lost buriel sites of the many slaves owned by those good Christian soldiers of Oconee Co. who gave their lives in "the War between the States" to preserve a way of life that would make Jesus proud ?
John Weir April 24, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Don't know, Charles. Can you cite the passage in scripture where Jesus condemns the way of life to which you refer? The War Between the States was fought to stop an invader whose intent was to shove a government the people of Georgia did not want with a bayonet. Government is created by people for their common benefit. When it stops being benefit, people have a right to change or replace it. The good Christian soldiers of Oconee County fought to defend that right. They have no reason to apologize nor feel shame for doing that.
Jsmith April 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM
What a wonderful tribute to these soldiers. Thank you, members of the Cobb Camp!
Charles Gard'ner April 24, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Mr. Weir....Thank you for your comment on my comment. As a native born southerner who was raised overseas and did not return to the south until the mid sixties..during the war of independence which was being waged to give ALL Americans in the south the rights which you so strongly defend, I find the southern attitude of defending our ancestors rights to enslave and sell other human beings back in the 1800's as kind of embarrassing and sad. The South, of which I am part off still seems to have this 'macho' attitude of..."You can't tell us what to do !" ...even if they are standing in a puddle of their own sh*t.
John Weir April 24, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Mr. Gard'ner, I am sorry you feel that way and that you are so misinformed about the Southern cause. The States created the Union to serve them. They entered the Union as equal partners, voluntarily having chosen their government. 80 years later the States of the South found themselves junior partners in the Union - heavily taxed to pay for internal improvements in the manufacturing States and shut out of the territories owned and administered by the Union they were part of. For seven cotton exporting States this was not the Union they joined. Sectionalism had taken over and federal taxation went from generating revenue to pay for government to protecting politically connected industries from foreign competition. The States that exported cotton were faced with the choice of either leaving the Union or totally reorganizing their economies. Since the Union was set up to serve them rather than the other way around, they decided to leave a bad relationship and set up a new government. It isn't machismo. It is a matter of who is the servant and who is the master. Government is the servant. The Federal government, now dominated by a section of the country hostile to international trade, used force to keep the South in the Union so it could be taxed. That is what the war was about.
clark williams May 01, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Charles,why don't you start a group to mark the slave's graves? I personally have been in many slave grave yards that were maintained by SCV camps,local history groups,private family palntations and others. But there is always work to be done.


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