Recognizing Confederate soldiers

JOYCE WHITIS
Joyce Cernosek places a small Confederate Battle Flag on the grave of a previously unknown Confederate soldier in Lowell Cemetery. Contributed

One of the goals of the Major George B. Erath chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is to recognize and honor those who fought for the Confederacy during the War Between the States. Currently there have been more than 600 graves of Confederates located in Erath County. The chapter is always searching for other graves that have not been listed and when they are located they are marked with a small Confederate Battle flag. Many descendants of these men now live in this area.

April is Confederate History Month in Texas and during that time, Sons of the Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy place a flag on each known Confederate Veteran’s grave.

The grave of J.T. Cook (John Thomas) was marked by Joyce Cernosek, Chaplin for the Major George B. Erath chapter UDC last week. Information concerning this veteran was given by one of his descendants, Nelda Keever of Gustine. She enclosed an obituary printed in the Dublin Progress July 28, 1911. Further information discloses that Mr. Cook was a charter member of Lingleville Lodge No. 752 A.F. & A.M. The obituary further states that Mr. Cook joined the service of the CSA in Georgia and fought through the conflict. He came to Texas after the war and settled on a place at Lowell where he died. He was 70 years old at the time of death.

If readers know of ancestors that fought for the Confederacy and are buried in local cemeteries and would like to have them recognized, contact the Erath chapter.