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SCV seeks help for memorials

September 3, 2011

Area Sons of Confederate Veterans want to memorialize two fallen soldiers, but they say more help is needed to make the project a reality.

Members of the C.F. Connor Camp No. 849, SCV, are planning to build grave stone enclosures and memorial stones for two Confederate Soldiers from Conover that currently have no marker.

The soldiers’ wives are buried at Sipe’s Orchard Home in Conover, where the SCV plan to erect the memorial stones.

SCV member Derick S. Hartshorn said the project started after another SCV member, Cecil B. Hollifield, investigated the soldiers’ wives gravestones at Sipe’s.

“Cecil was a resident of Sipe’s when he was a young boy. He noticed there were two gravestones behind Sipe’s of two women,” Hartshorn said. “After looking into the gravestones, he found out that the women’s husbands were in the war and died in battle.”

Noah and Elijah Simmons, both of Conover, served for the Confederacy in the early 1860s, Hartshorn said.

Elijah was born March 9, 1832, and enlisted in Rowan County at age 35 as a Private in the Second Company B, 22nd Regiment, N.C. Troops. He was reported present or accounted at or near Kinston in March 1865, where he died on April 1, 1865, of wounds, according to records provided by Hartshorn.

Noah was born in 1824 and resided in Catawba County, where he enlisted for the war March 14, 1863. He was a Private in Company C, 28th Regiment, N.C. Troops. He was captured at Wilderness, Va., on May 12, 1864 and confined at Point Lookout, Md. From there, he was transferred to the Union prison in Elmira, N.Y., on Aug. 10, 1864. He died in New York of disease on April 10, 1865, according to records provided by Hartshorn.

Hollifield has petitioned the Veterans Administration several times to help make the markers – requests they have denied for a lack of next of kin and original burial site location. The C.F. Connor Camp No. 849 took the request to U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, where it stands now, Hartshorn said.

“It may turn out to be something we are going to have to pay for ourselves, and that’s not exactly what we have hoped for,” Hartshorn said.

Hartshorn said the SCV accepts cash donations, needed construction materials or re-enactors’ time for the project. To find out more about the memorial project, visit www.catawbascv.org/SimmonsCemetery.

Hartshorn said the SCV’s mission is to memorialize fallen soldiers.

“It’s our charge to watch out and take care of the memorials of veterans and explain the history of what led up to the war,” he said. “We seek to perpetuate the memory of the soldier.”

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