The Confederate Monument is located in the Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney.

Cumberland Times-News

ROMNEY — The echoes of Hampshire County’s past will be remembered June 5-6 during the observance of Confederate Memorial Day.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 284, will conduct a luminary service at the Confederate Monument in Indian Mound Cemetery at 8:30 p.m. on June 5.

On June 6, members of the 13th Virginia Volunteer Infantry and the Hampshire County Historical Society will visit various cemeteries throughout the county, decorating graves and placing flags.

A re-enactor march will take place from the old Hampshire County Courthouse to Indian Mound cemetery at 1:30 p.m. A ceremony will follow with Royce Saville recounting the history of the Confederate monument.

Next the 13th Virginia volunteer Infantry will drape the monument with a 30-foot hand-crafted garland. There will be an honor roll reading of the names followed by a musket salute.

Nancy Plants will conclude the ceremony by playing “Taps’’ on a psaltery. Other weekend events include a luminary service, 8 p.m., at Capon Chapel Church, Capon Bridge, honoring Capt. David Pugh, a signer of the Ordinance of Secession.

Looking back

In April 1861, the state of Virginia seceded from the Union, becoming the seventh state to do so. The Ordinance of Secession was introduced by William B. Preston and passed on April 16, 1861.

The ordinance was adopted by a vote of 88 to 55 and signed by John L. Eubank, the convention’s secretary. Voting was divided on this serious matter.

Locally, the counties of Morgan, Shenandoah, Warren, Rappahannock, Page, Madison, Greene, Orange and Fauquier voted for the ordinance. Against it were the counties of Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant and Frederick. Jefferson County was divided.

Virginia was preceded in secession by South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.

On April 27, 1861, a Committee of Safety was formed in Romney, Va., “to look out for the public good in any way that might become necessary.’’

Citizens who composed the committee were James D. Armstrong, Isaac Parsons, John W. pancake, David Gibson, Dr. S.R. Lupton, John C. Heisell, J.W. Marshall, W.A. Vance, R.K. Sheetz, John T. Pierce, James W. Albin, Charles Blue, John A. Smith, Robert Hook, R.B. Sherrard, G.W. Gore, George W. Washington and John Johnson. Today, many of these same names appear on the Confederate monument in Indian Mound Cemetery.

On May 27, 1861, the Court of Hampshire County appropriate $10,000 for organizing troops for the Virginia army.

The preceding events were part of an acceleration in the nation’s history called the Civil War by some and the War Between the States by others.

Each year on Confederate Memorial Day, Hampshire County remembers and honors the soldiers of that era, both gray and blue.

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