Confederate History Month at the museum

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By Doug Cooper

    The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library recognizes April as Confederate History Month by presenting stories of Confederate cemeteries that are being restored in honor of the brave people that served.

    The Museum cooperating with the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1475 and the United Daughters of Confederacy, Gen. William R. Terry Chapter 580 are identifying any Confederate graves that need restoration, researching the persons buried, obtaining proper tombstones and restoring the graves to presentable condition. This week we present the grave of Chastine M. Quarles born 1822, died 1895.

    The grave is in the Shady Grove area of the county. The grave had been maintained and a Confederate stone had been obtained but had not been installed. Leonard Craig is shown with the new stone he installed honoring this brave man.

    Chastine M. Quarles joined the 20th Battalion Heavy Artillery Company C known as Jones Battery on February 25, 1862. The enlistment was for “the duration of the war.” His records show that in August of 1864 he was loaned to the Engineer Corp but was back on duty in the 20th Batallion in October of 1864. Other records indicate he served in the defense of Richmond.

    Chastine did return from the war and lived until 1895. His wife Drucilla Lucy St. Clair died in 1914 when her home burned while the rest of the family was out working. 

    If you know of a Confederate grave that needs restoration, please contact the number below and we will advise how to proceed. The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library is seeking copies of any records or photos of Confederate soldiers for our history files. We have plans to display the photos in our Civil War history room and hope your ancestors will be represented.

    If you have any information about your ancestors that served or would like to contact any of the organizations mentioned above, please contact the Museum at 586-4520 or email bccm-info@bedfordvamuseum.org.