For the honored dead of the elite Texas Brigade, a well kept grave with a tombstone was a rarity. Usually it was a shallow pit and a scrap of wood. In Winchester, Virginia, six members of the 1st and 5th Texas Infantry were fortunate to be buried in marked graves. Time and Mother Nature, however, are wearing down the tombstones to the point they could no longer be read.
A solution to this vexing problem was suggested by Miss Kassidi Woodlock, President of the Texas Division of the Children of the Confederacy. For her President’s project, she coordinated the funding for an impressive monument to honor the six fallen Texans. Money was raised through the efforts of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Children of the Confederacy, and Hood’s Texas Brigade Association.
On July 22, 2012, the monument was unveiled in Winchester. The six names are inscribed on a granite surface of light gray. The good Virginians of the UDC and SCV Turner Ashby Chapters provided refreshments and a color guard. The Joyner Sisters provided the music. It’s true greatness when Southerners from the former Confederate states can get together for events like this. Thank you Kassidi!