BRANTLEY COUNTY, GEORGIA - WAYNESVILLE

CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS MEMORIAL WALL

SPEARHEADED BY RETIRED CHIEF MAGISTRATE HUEY HAM

 

JUDGE HUEY R. HAM, with GAYNELL HIGHSMITH SASSER

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BRICK WALL BEING CONSTRUCTED; HONOR THE DEAD WITH A "GRANITE STONE" DEPICTING THE NAME OF YOUR CONFEDERATE HEROS”

 

In the past, every decade or two, we tend to be reminded about the Confederate Monument at Waynesville, erected to honor our Confederate ancestry. Such was the case in 1998 when a ceremony was planned to honor the Confederate dead at Waynesville. Again, they found heavy growth of brush and trees surrounding the area, a state of neglect and sadness in recent years. An embarrassing situation!

 

In 1906 The Jesup Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy had installed a memorial to honor Confederate Dead. Instead, in 1998, we found the monument dishonored by neglect. An act intended, in good spirit, to "Honor Confederate Dead" had resulted in dishonor.

 

In early 1998, it was brought to the attention of Chief Magistrate Judge Huey R. Ham that brush had once again, grown over the cemetery and the U.D.C. marker had become scarred and discolored. The cemetery had not been cleaned since the early 1970s, and once again a remedy was sought.

 

With some encouragement, the Boy Scouts of Brantley County took-on the cemetery as a community project, and with the help of Magistrate Judge Huey R. Ham and his wife, Dorothy Morgan Ham, they gave this old historic cemetery a thorough “scrubbing. In addition, action was initiated to incorporate this cemetery as a non-profit institute, and establish guidelines for perpetual care. This was made possible by a charitable gift by descendants of Stewart Wiggins and Shaw McVeigh, who are donating land between the cemetery and the dirt road.

 

Actions are also underway to relocate the Confederate Monument closer to the road, promoting greater visibility (foundation and footings are almost ready for concrete). More important are the plans to construct a semi-circular memorial wall of “bricks from the old, historic Waynesville brick yard. The public will be given the opportunity to purchase a “granite plaque honoring the name of their Confederate ancestor” to be embedded in this wall. The cost is $50.00 per granite stone, with your hero's name.

 


BUILD A CONFEDERATE WALL - See Examples of Stones - Add Your Confederate Ancestor's Name

 


1. STEP-BY-STEP CONSTRUCTION PROJECT - WORK SITE


2. AUGUST, 2001: UPDATE by Earl Knox


NAMES ON CONFEDERATE WALL


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