MEMBERS OF THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS LEVEL THE HEADSTONE OF GEORGE SWINDELL, A SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR VETERAN WHO SITS IN A PREVIOUSLY UNMARKED GRAVE IN ROBERTS CEMETERY
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(Gulf County News) George K. Swindell had only been in Gulf County for one year when the tent where he was living was struck by lightning in 1935, tragically killing him and his three dogs.
He had moved to the Wewahitchka area during the height of the Great Depression, seeking work with local beekeepers. When he died, his body was buried in Roberts Cemetery, though the exact location of his grave, which was unmarked, would be lost to time.
That is, until a group of local historians gathered at the cemetery last week to place the Spanish-American War veteran’s headstone.
“We don’t know where exactly he was buried, but we know it was here in this cemetery,” said Donnie Miller, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who helped to secure Swindell’s new gravestone from the federal government…
Last Monday, headstones were also placed at both Roberts Cemetery and Jehu Cemetery for individuals who fought with the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
The headstones were provided free of cost by the federal government, who are required by law to provide veterans with gravestones, including ones for those who fought with the Confederacy…