The Jubal Early Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp 1691 will showcase its latest project Saturday, April 26 during its annual Confederate Memorial Day celebration at the Historic Carroll County Courthouse.
Those who attend the celebration at 2 p.m. that day will get the first look at the Lt. Col. Alexander Haynes Memorial Garden, which was planted April 16 around the Confederate Monument in front of the old courthouse. The ceremony will mark the one-year anniversary of the dedication of the Confederate Monument after it was restored and repaired last year.
Haynes was the highest-ranking officer from Carroll County during the U.S. Civil War, the conflict that SCV camp members refer to as the war between the states.
Haynes was a Major during the Battle of Drewrys Bluff, where he was killed leading the Carroll unit. After he died he was posthumously promoted from Major to Lt. Col., making him the highest-ranking officer from Carroll County, Jubal Early SCV Camp Commander Andy Jackson said.
Nickys Nursery of Indian Valley planted the memorial garden, which was designed by local 4-H extension agent Wythe Morris through the Virginia Tech Horticulture Department. The memorial garden was paid for by the Jubal Early SCV Camp.
Jackson said local veterans of the Civil War formed a United Confederate Veterans Camp in the early 1900s named the Haynes-Jennings Camp to honor the Lt. Col. from Carroll.
That was the organization for the real soldiers. It was not the Sons of the Confederate Veterans that exists today, it was the real veterans, Jackson said. It was of its day what the VFW is today for the modern soldier.
The Jubal Early SCV Camp will have its book for sale at the Confederate Memorial Day event, which includes the only known picture of Lt. Col. Alexander Haynes.