The historic Ettrick Cemetery, just off the Appomattox River on the outskirts of the Village, is the final resting place for 105 Confederate soldiers and one Northern veteran.
Every fall the Ettrick Historical Society sponsors a “Remembrance Service” and Sunday’s event featured guest speaker B. Frank Ernest, former Virginia commander SCV, who was born in Petersburg and lives at Virginia Beach.
“I am happy to be here and honor those men who died fighting for what they believed in,” Ernest told the gathering on a nippy, but sunny fall afternoon.
“I respect every one of them, including the Union soldier,” he commented. “Military people are honorable people. They died for states rights and their homeland.”
General Robert E. Lee sent orders for the Confederate troops to leave Petersburg and they crossed the Appomattox River and followed instructions to burn Campbell’s Bridge. That gave them time to reach Appomattox, where the war ended.
Guests Sunday were treated to a Musical Prelude by Jeff Anderson and a posting of colors. Matt McLaughlin delivered the Invocation and they joined with Les Ryan to perform a Musical Interlude.
Six different groups presented colorful Wreaths, in contrast to the tall hardwood trees at the historic cemetery, which was established in 1830 as a burial spot for the Ettrick Manufacturing Company.
But the War Between the States took a top priority and the men buried in Ettrick are believed to have died in the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg.
Like past years, the Ettrick Cemetery was filled with color as 105 Confederate flags and one United States flag were put on display. Volunteers worked hard in recent weeks to clean up the burial ground.
Three World War II veterans from Ettrick, Wallace Redford, Ben Hawkins, and Curtis Nimmo, were present and honored.
A World War II jeep arrived and the Taps were played by Phillip Ainsworth Harp, followed by a rifle salute.
Many Ettrick old timers stayed and talked with past friends and family members.