Local heritage group decorates Confederate graves

Cullman’s SCV camp decorating Confederate graves. L-R: Camp 1st. Lt. Nathan Lamar, Cole DeSilvey, Camp Commander Wayne Willingham, Raquelle Schumacher, Camp 2nd Lt. Rick Leipert, Camp Adjutent Bert Jones. Not pictured: John Burt, Don Bryan Sr. and Steve Bryan. (Photo courtesy of Cullman SCV)

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – Members of Cullman County’s Sons of Confederate Veterans Organization, Thomas Jefferson Denney Camp #1442, got together Saturday, Dec. 11 to decorate the graves of over 35 Confederate Soldiers. The group visited seven cemeteries in the area, placing wreaths and grave flags at each soldier’s final resting place. The camp met earlier that week to hand make red ribbon bows and wreaths made from cedar limbs that Camp Commander Wayne Willingham cut off of his own cedar trees. 

The Thomas Jefferson Denney camp meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Cullman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 building. The next meeting will be January 25, 2022, with a speaker about the role the “Tejanos” (Mexicans in Texas) played with the Confederacy. The Feb. 22 meeting will feature The Rebel Mountain Storyteller, Mark Vogle, to speak on events at Gettysburg.