April 14-- Since the War for Southern Independence began and ended in the month of April it is often referred to as Confederate Heritage Month.
During April, the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) mark the graves of Southern soldiers. By doing this the SCV members are fulfilling part of their charge by “honoring the good name of the Confederate Soldier”.
The Montgomery Sharpshooters, the local Camp of the SCV, mark the graves of Confederate soldiers in Montgomery, Treutlen, and Wheeler Counties.
Pictured are Luke and Savannah Smith and Ace Stringfellow. Luke and Savannah are the children of Camp member Joseph Smith and Ace is his nephew. The children are marking the grave of 1st Lt. John Laughlin Mathews, Sr. of Company E 61st Georgia Infantry in the Galbreath Cemetery in Montgomery County.