April 6 will mark the beginning of celebration of the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the U.S. Civil War [sic].
The war began April 6, 1861 with the battle between Union and Confederate forces at Fort Sumter on the South Carolina coast.
Douglas County Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its first celebration on April 30 at the Douglasville City Cemetery, beginning at 10 a.m.
“This is similar to the service we hold every year near the Confederate Memorial Day (April 26),” said Ray Phillips, commander of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Lt. Col. Thomas Coke Glover, Camp 943.
“We’ll put battle flags on all the Confederate graves and American [sic] flags on any other vets we know, along with a rose on each confederate widow’s grave,” Phillips said. “We’ll have a 21-gun salute and firing of cannons.”
He said the speaker will be from the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
He said 63 Confederate graves have been identified in the city cemetery, along with two or three widows of soldiers.
Phillips said his camp meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Simon Road Baptist Temple, 3951 Simon Road, Douglasville.
“If you’re interested in learning more about your Confederate heritage and the history of this area during the War Between the States, we invite you to contact us,” he said. “We have facilities to go online and find a lot of information about Confederate ancestry.”
The local camp was named for a local physician, Dr. Thomas Coke Glover. He became captain of the first company that left Campbell County (now Douglas County) for battle. His Company A was named the Campbell County Guards and were mustered into the 21st Georgia Regiment. He drilled his troops around the courthouse and on the streets of Campbellton, near the Chattahoochee River.