Saturday afternoon, a new memorial to those who fought for the Southern cause will be unveiled and dedicated at Andrews Geyser near Old Fort.
Camp 379 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold an unveiling and dedication ceremony for the new McDowell County Confederate Veterans Memorial at Andrews Geyser. The event will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the park surrounding the famous landmark, which is located six miles west of Old Fort.
The day will actually start at 8 a.m. with Jackson’s Flank March. This is the yearly fund-raiser for the SCV and is similar to a walk-a-thon. SCV members and re-enactors will start at 8 a.m. at Andrews Geyser and walk into the Swannanoa Gap. They will proceed to the grave marker of an unknown Confederate soldier that was placed there several years ago by the SCV. Then will come back to the geyser, which is about a 10-mile hike, according to Camp 379 Commander Jeff Cordell.
Participants in Jackson’s Flank March will accept donations as they take part in this hike. The money raised will go toward the preservation of the 54th N.C. Regiment’s flag, which is at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, and other projects by Camp 379.
The ceremony will follow at 3 p.m.
For some time, members of the local SCV have worked to build a memorial to all the Confederate veterans from McDowell County. They have built by hand a memorial out of rock and mortar covered with a marble slab.
This memorial will stand not far from the place where the Battle of Swannanoa Gap was fought in April 1865. After marching through western North Carolina and southern Virginia, Union Gen. Alvin C. Gillem led two brigades of Stoneman’s raiders through Old Fort on April 19 on their way to Asheville. At Swannanoa Gap, these Union raiders were blocked by Confederate soldiers and artillery under the command of Gen. James G. Martin. Stoneman’s raiders had to find another route to get to Asheville by way of Rutherfordton, according to online sources.
On Saturday, members of the SCV and Civil War re-enactors will be camped out at Andrews Geyser. They will have living history demonstrations and will wear period-correct uniforms. Camp 379 will have a recruiting tent for Saturday’s activities.
Cordell said this event will involve re-enactors with the 22nd N.C., Co. K, who portray Confederate soldiers from McDowell. There will be other living historians from the 22nd N.C., Co. B and the 49th N.C., Co. A.
Representatives from the Order of the Confederate Rose and the United Daughters of the Confederacy will participate. In addition, descendants of these Southern soldiers are scheduled to travel from outside the state to witness this dedication, said Cordell.
For more information, call Jeff Cordell at 659-6377.
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