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Ceremony honors Civil War veteran

POSTED: April 27, 2013 4:30 p.m.
For the Forsyth County News/

Among those taking part in a recent Confederate Memorial Day ceremony were, from left: Jennifer Smith, chaplain of the local United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter; Monty Johnson, chapter president; Cliff Roberts, local Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter commander; and Kim Cooper, a UDC member.

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More than 100 people attended a Confederate Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday at Shady Grove Baptist Church in south Forsyth.

Typically held in north Forsyth, the ceremony was moved this year in order to honor Civil War veteran Sam Street, who is buried at Shady Grove.

Members of the Col. Hiram Parks Bell United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1642 honored Street with an iron cross dedication.

Street, who was 22 when he died at the hands of Union troops, is believed to be the only Confederate soldier killed in Forsyth County.

Since he was part of the Texas Rangers, members of a United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter in that state sent Texas Ranger and Bonnie Blue flags for the ceremony, along with blue bells, the state flower of Texas, and dirt from Street’s home city of Waco.


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