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Dedication planned May 28




CONFEDERATE MONUMENT -  The Colonel Ben E. Caudill Camp No. 1629 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold a dedication service for the Sandlick Monument and graves of Confederate soldiers at the Sandlick Cemetery in Whitesburg at 1:30 p.m., May 28.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT – The Colonel Ben E. Caudill Camp No. 1629 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold a dedication service for the Sandlick Monument and graves of Confederate soldiers at the Sandlick Cemetery in Whitesburg at 1:30 p.m., May 28.

The Colonel Ben E. Caudill Camp No. 1629 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold a dedication service for the Sandlick Monument and graves of Confederate soldiers at the Sandlick Cemetery in Whitesburg at 1:30 p.m., May 28. Civil War re-enactors from Kentucky and Virginia will be present to conduct the salute.

In the fall of 1861, Confederate Gen. Humphrey Marshall and his Army of Eastern Kentucky needed a large area that could be used to safely recruit and train troops. John A. Caudill, father of Col. Ben Caudill of Caudill’s Army, volunteered the use of a huge bottom at the mouth of Sandlick Creek on the banks of the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

Unfortunately, deadly diseases such as measles, mumps and dysentery attacked the army. To combat these sicknesses, a hospital was built at the mouth of Sandlick Creek. Before long the hospital was full and citizens of Whitesburg began to care for soldiers in their homes. Dozens of soldiers died during late 1861 and early 1862 in these makeshift hospitals. Most of these men were buried in a cemetery owned by John Caudill, now known as Sandlick Cemetery.

The Colonel Ben E. Caudill Camp No. 1629 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans cleared the neglected area in the cemetery containing the bodies of Confederate soldiers and erected a monument, a granite bench, a marker, a flagpole and tombstones. For more information, call Richard Brown, 633- 0475, or David Chaltas, 633- 5559.

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