The hits keep coming...
|(Image courtesy of 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!