Tuesday, May 6, 2014
An “Iron Cross” dedication ceremony for Private Isaac Newell Wilson, Company D, 4th South Carolina Cavalry, CSA, took place on Saturday morning, April 26 in the Honey Hill Cemetery in Berkeley County.
The ceremony was presented by the CSS David Chapter 2656, United Daughters of the Confederacy of Moncks Corner, to honor the memory of this Confederate soldier, who died over 100 years ago.
Mrs. Mickey Smith, chapter president, presided over the event with the assistance of Mrs. Charla Springer, vice president-elect and great-great granddaughter of the soldier.
Mrs. Paula Shank, treasurer-elect of the chapter, led the flag pledge and salutes. Mrs. Cathy Hinson, chapter member, portrayed a widow dressed in all black, period mourning attire, known as “widow’s weeds.”
Mrs. Springer gave a researched account of the soldier’s life; and Mr. Edward Springer delivered the message on the “Importance of Our Heritage.”
Mr. Kenneth Wilson, great-grandson of Private I.N. Wilson, and Mr. William Johnson, great-great grandson, placed the magnolia wreath at the grave.
Mr. Johnson, who donated and unveiled the iron cross, is a member of the Battery White SCV Camp, in Georgetown. Dressed in period attire, the General Ellison Capers SCV Camp #1212 and the Santee Light Artillery re-enactment group provided support to the event, which included a color guard, and the firing of rifles and cannon.
Violinist, David Brown, played several beautiful selections including “Amazing Grace.”
At the end of the service, the re-enactors gathered around Private Wilson’s grave and performed a touching canteen ceremony; where each of them drank from a water-filled canteen, pouring the remaining contents of it onto the soldier’s grave, along with tossing their hats onto the grave as well, a symbol of a brotherly bond.
After the ceremony, family and friends gathered for a picnic-style dinner at the nearby home of Kenneth and Nancy Wilson.
A good time was had by all on that gorgeous spring day!