Confederate soldiers honored in Virginia
Virginia has not forgotten the Confederate soldiers who died during the war. Sunday, they will be remembered at public ceremonies in Warrenton and Mt. Jackson. One will be held at a cemetery and the other along a busy road.
In Warrenton, Confederate Memorial Day will be marked at 2 p.m. with the placement of flowers on a mass grave of nearly 600 soldiers and at the grave of Capt. John Quincy Marr of Co. K, 17th Virginia Infantry, believed to be the first Confederate soldier killed in the state. He died on June 1, 1861 at Fairfax Courthouse. The cemetery is about 50 miles west of Washington.
In Mt. Jackson, a Civil War Trails marker honoring Dr. Andrew Russell Meem will be unveiled at a 2 p.m. ceremony along side the Valley Pike, now known as Rt. 11. Meem, a well known doctor in rural Shenandoah County, was the surgeon in charge of the Mt. Jackson Confederate States of America Hospital that was in operation for most of the war. Built as three adjoining frame buildings, the hospital could treat 500 soldiers at a time.
The buildings were disassembled at the end of the war and the timber used in other projects. Some of the soldiers who died at the hospital are buried across the street at a local landmark, Our Soldiers Cemetery. Mt. Jackson is located about 100 miles west of Washington.
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