Restoring History Lost in the Backwoods of America–Victorian Style

I have fought a Good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV)

When I see the unkept graves of United States Veterans, my heart sinks. Large investments are made into Arlington National Cemetery (Virginia) and Oakland Cemetery (Atlanta). However, there are a sect of Civil War Veterans who were given military instructions and who provided military service valiantly under tremendous circumstances. Yet, their graves are left in deplorable conditions.

The Congress of the Confederate States of America issued General Orders No. 14 on March 23, 1865 to enlist African Americans to serve in the Confederate States Army/Navy. This featured photograph is presumed to be the gravesite of James Polk, who enlisted with the 18th Georgia Battalion Infantry (CSA Colored Troops) and was an 1865 Appomattox Parolee. He is buried at McLarty Family Cemetery In Douglas County, Georgia.

Even though Confederate Cook James Polk made United States Military History, his individual story is left untold. However, historians as part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and auxiliary organizations are researching the military histories and restoring the gravesites of all veterans regardless of race, creed, or color.

Because of these efforts, we are able to locate the graves of United States Veterans so that they can be honored for their individual contributions to United States Military History.

At the current condition of his grave, United States Veteran James Polk’s voice rings, “I have fought the good fight; I have finisthed the race; I have kept the faith.”  Thus, a Living Historian answers the call and teams with others in the restoration of a history lost in the backwoods of America.

Highlighting the good in humanity,
Ann DeWitt

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