Marker dedicated for black Confederate | The Suffolk News-Herald
More than 100 people of all skin tones gathered Saturday to honor a Confederate veteran who was receiving a headstone for the first time, more than 87 years after his death.
Anthony Boone enlisted in 1862 and served with the Peninsula Light Artillery. His service took him to Lamberts Point, Portsmouth, Towne Point, Suffolk, Richmond, Manassas and Gordonsville.
But unlike most people’s idea of a Confederate soldier, Boone was black — born free as a direct descendant of Joe Skeeter, the European land surveyor for whom the Skeetertown area was named.
“The decision to serve with the South baffled some,” said Katherine Boone Hamilton, the great-great-niece of Anthony Boone. Her great-grandfather, Jason Boone, Anthony’s brother, also served with the Confederacy.
Saturday’s ceremony took place at the Skeetertown Cemetery, established and cared for by the Missionary Lodge No. 1, which is still in existence today. The lodge members cared for the sick and buried the dead, Hamilton said, and you still have to be a lodge member to be buried there.
The cemetery is located on Pitt Road, off Skeetertown Road. Many of the graves bear the Boone name, and now there is one more stone with the Boone name added to the list…