The hits keep coming...

(Image courtesy of The Virginian-Pilot)

The Virginian-Pilot has published a new article by Bob Ruegsegger, which claims that Anthony Boone and brother Jason Boone were both black Confederate soldiers even though primary source documents show otherwise. Via The Virginian-Pilot:

"For more than six decades, the earthly remains of Jason Boone lay buried in a grave in Skeetertown Cemetery at the end of Pitt Road in Suffolk. His grave – for 63 years – was marked only by a cinderblock.
The remains of Anthony Boone, his brother, rested less than 100 yards away in the same cemetery. Until very recently, Anthony Boone’s grave was also marked only by a single cinderblock.
Today, thanks largely to the efforts of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the remains of these brothers-in-arms – and life – rest peacefully in graves clearly marked by headstones that bear testament to their service in the Confederate Army.
Both of these veterans were free-born black men of Nansemond County. Jason Boone enlisted in the 41st Virginia Volunteer Infantry and brother Anthony served with the Peninsula Light Artillery and later in the 1st Virginia Artillery.
In 1999, courtesy of the Veterans Administration, a headstone for Jason Boone was dedicated in a ceremony conducted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
On Nov. 12, a headstone provided for Anthony Boone by the Sons of Confederate veterans was dedicated during a similar ceremony.
Virginia Beach residents Frank and Billie Earnest have been involved in marking the graves of Confederate Veterans for 25 years.
Billie Earnest, historian of the Suffolk Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, conducts the required research to verify the deceased’s Confederate service.
She also gathers the critical information for each veteran’s headstone. She located copies of Anthony Boone’s death certificate, his marriage license and Virginia pension records. From Boone’s pension application, Billie Earnest was able to figure out that he served in the Peninsula Light Artillery/1st Virginia Artillery from 1862 until the end of the war.
“We were sort of surprised. We expected Anthony was in the infantry, but it turned out that he’d been with the Peninsula Light Artillery,” Frank Earnest said."

Jason Boone's pension application. (Images courtesy of the Library of Virginia)

I cannot wait for someone like Teresa Roane to show up and prove me wrong. The application clearly states, "For a person who served as a body servant, cook, teamster, etc.."

Restoring the honor!


  1. This thesis is an interesting read that might be helpful in understanding the reason why it's so important to demarcate between soldiers and servants.


    Bryna Claire O’Sullivan

    A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of History.

    Chapel Hill 2011


    BRYNA O’SULLIVAN: Why Pension?: Establishing the Reasons for Body Servant Pensions Using Newspaper and Magazine Depictions
    (Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Glatthaar and Dr. Heather Williams)

    Between 1888 and 1927, the legislators of former Confederate states began granting pensions to men that had served as body servants in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The action seems illogical given the segregated conditions of the South. This paper explores the question of why pensions were offered. Relying upon newspaper and magazine descriptions of the servants, it suggests that pensions were largely the product of changes in body servant image brought about by the Lost Cause and of the changes in attitudes that followed."

    1. An interesting observation found in the conclusion of this thesis:

      "These factors do not explain why pensions were offered when they were. Advocates started lobbying for pension laws as early as the 1880s. Pension for white Confederates were granted in that decade. One would have expected African-Americans to be pensioned soon after. Yet only one state considered laws pensioning African-Americans before 1921. Four states authorized pensions in the next six years. Something not documented triggered a sudden rush of pension laws. That something still needs to be addressed.

      James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., “Looking for Bob: Black Confederate Pensioners After the Civil War,” Mississippi Department of Archives and History (accessed February 22, 2010)."


  2. This comment was left by someone who is banned from posting here for not knowing how to play by the rules, but this comment could be useful in this discussion:

    "If Boone was free as stated in his pension he would be subject to conscription in 1864."


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