From Clermont to Buford, in the most remote family burial plot to Gainesville’s Alta Vista Cemetery, the Cross of Saint Andrew marks the final resting place of more than 550 Confederate veterans in Hall County.
April was Georgia’s Confederate Heritage and History Month. And with the adornment of spring came the decoration of soldiers’ graves who nobly served their state in the Civil War.
Each April, the local Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1404, relocate and flag the graves of Hall’s known Confederate veterans in commemoration of the month’s official designation. This is repeated in each county across Georgia.
From the most humble private who served to Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, who was second in command of the Army of Northern Virginia, their graves are honored each spring with this remembrance of their service.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans are a heritage/history organization who share the common ancestry of the Confederate soldier. They meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in Gen. James Longstreet’s old Piedmont Hotel off Myrtle Street in Gainesville. Speakers provide presentations and displays of historical significance. Visitors are welcome.