J.D.R. Hawkins

One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

Memorial Service Honoring University Greys

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Last Sunday, members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans University Greys Camp #1803 and the Varina Howell Davis Chapter #2559 United Daughters of the Confederacy congregated on the campus of the University of Mississippi to honor the immortal University Greys.

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The regiment (Company A of the 11th Mississippi) was formed at the onset of the Civil War by Ole Miss students who wanted to fight for the cause. Nearly all the student body enlisted (135), so that the school was forced to close. Sadly, very few made it back home.The most famous battle that the University Greys participated in was Gettysburg and Pickett’s charge, where the regiment sustained 100% casualties. 

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During the ceremony on Sunday, the Forrest Highlanders led a procession of infantrymen. Tom Wilson elightened the audience with his beautiful singing voice, and an invocation was given by a member of the University Greys SCV.

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The Honorable James L. Roberts, a judge from Pontotoc, Mississippi, delivered an intersting speech about his Confederate ancestors. A rifle and cannon salute commenced, followed by a floral tribute, where memorial wreaths were placed at the base of the monument that stands in the middle of the Confederate cemetery, and lists every soldier buried there.

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Following the service, a barbecue was enjoyed by all. Southern fare included brisket, fried chicken, boiled greens, catfish, fries, hush puppies, sweet tea, and banana pudding for dessert. The crowd also enjoyed wonderful bluegrass and gospel music.

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