Beginning in April, the Jubal Early Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1691 will commemorate the departure dates of the numerous companies of volunteers who left the county to go to battle. These celebrations will include the reading of the names of the volunteers, where they went to battle and a brief history of the unit and the people. This will continue through 2015, as we hit the 150th anniversary of the Civil War next year.
While many know if their heritage includes some of these folks, there are others who might find out they had a relative take up arms in the “War Between the States.”
“It’s open to the public. We hope everybody comes. You may come and think you are not a descendant and when you hear the roster read you may find out, ‘Hey, that’s my great-great grandpa,’” SCV Camp Commander Jackson said. “Very few people that have never dabbled in genealogy don’t know past their grandpa or great grandpa.”
The very next year, in 2012, Carroll County will recognize one of the most significant events in its history: the 100th anniversary of the Courthouse Tragedy.
On March 14, 1912, five people were killed during a shootout that erupted during Floyd Allen’s trial for illegally taking his two nephews from the custody of two deputies.
Nearly everybody in Carroll County can trace their genealogy.
Since the events of that day are still debated in some circles, the commemoration will be done respectfully.
“Our goal is to promote healing and we will uphold, promote, sustain and respect the dignity, honor, and fortunes of all in our sponsored activities. We will promote positive community engagement with this history,” said Centennial Citizens Committee Chairman Gary Marshall in a presentation to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors. “We will resist partisan or judgmental expression of all of our sponsored activities. And finally we will renounce personal or corporate financial gain in the conduct of these services and will seek remuneration only in the amount of the committee’s expenses.”
As we look to the future, we can’t forget our past. These events make sure we remember who we are and where we came from.