Connie Mullis, Jan West, Bettye Kellum, Beth Thurman, Terri Wolfe and Sue Johnson

Members of the William F. Slemons Chapter 977 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy recently cleaned and placed a wreath before the graves of five, unknown Confederate soldiers buried at Campground Cemetery in Drew County. These soldiers were in a Confederate hospital that was located there during the War Between the States, according to local lore. 

UDC member Beth Thurman presented a program then a wreath, made by UDC member Connie Mullis, was placed before the graves.

Jan West, Bettye Kellum, Terri Wolfe and Connie Mullis

After the ceremony, the members had refreshments and then went to Oakland Cemetery where they conducted another brief ceremony and placed a wreath, made by Sue Johnson, at the foot of the Confederate monument there.

The wreath laying ceremonies were held in April, in recognition of Confederate Memorial month. Members attending the ceremonies were Bettye Kellum, Beth Thurman, Jan West, Sue Johnson, Connie Mullis, and Terri Wolfe.