Local Group Files for Grant to Preserve Civil War History

HARRISONBURG-- Around Virginia on Friday, state offices and schools were closed in observance of Lee-Jackson Day.

Camp #10 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which is the local branch in the Shenandoah Valley, used the day to file for a grant from their national branch to replace damaged grave stones at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg.

Around 250 headstones have been at the site for more than 100 years, each honoring soldiers who served for the Confederacy and died in Harrisonburg.

Over the last century, they have been damaged due to various reasons, like weather.

Around 100 of them have a mix of cracks, discoloration, or pieces missing.

Through donations, Camp #10 has been able to replace more than forty of the headstones.

However, Commander Philip Way is helping to lead efforts for the Sons of Confederate Veterans to get the rest of the damaged stones replaced.

Each grave stone costs around $150 and Way says the rest of the damaged ones will be able to be replaced with the grant money.

"Our main goal here is to keep alive the great men, the great bravery of these young privates," he explained. "We're hoping to have a legacy that will be marked for us. We hope that history will be perpetuated in this beautiful cemetery."

Around 50 damaged headstones still need to be replaced.

Way says within the next 10 years he hopes to replace the remainder of all the grave stones at the site.

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