Scott Co Times – On Saturday, October 28, Corporal Silas M. Warren (1838-1911) was honored in a memorial service at Antioch-Steele Cemetery near Forest. Many descendants along with their friends and neighbors attended the ceremony. The event, hosted by the East Mississippi Greys Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp #1666, marked the culmination of efforts by Bruce Warren, a great-great-grandson of Corporal Warren to secure a tombstone for the unmarked burial site.
The ceremony was called to order at 10:00 a.m. as bagpipe tones resounded across the quiet field. A three-flag color guard procession entered the cemetery from the south, marched along a marked ceremony path, and placed the flags near the program area. Piper Zoe Brumfield performed a beautiful rendition of “Dixie” as the ceremony opened.
Denise Barnes and Debby Warren placed a memorial wreath near the veiled tombstone. Terry McMillan offered the invocation prayer and Mississippi Division 1st Lieutenant Commander Conor Bond led the group in the pledge to the flag of the United States along with salutes to the State of Mississippi flag and the Confederate flag.
Bruce Warren shared the story of his heritage, his connection to Silas Warren, and how genealogy research enriched his knowledge. For 106 years, the unmarked grave was an anonymous grassy space…