Thursday, April 15, 2010

Civil War Group Holds Ceremony In Cookeville

I forgot to mention this when I first heard about it, but on Saturday, April 10 the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) Fort Donelson Camp # 62 held a flag ceremony at the Cookeville City Cemetery. The gravesite ceremony honored Sergeant James Henry McCulley, Co. K, 13th Tennessee Cavalry U.S., a Civil War veteran buried at the cemetery. Sergeant McCulley, born in 1839, originally served as a Confederate soldier, but in 1863, joined the Federal army and participated with the 13th U.S. Tennessee Cavalry in the Battles of Bulls Gap and Blue Springs. The unit also was responsible for mortally wounding Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and participating in the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. McCulley survived the war, had twelve children, and served as the first post-war sheriff of Putnam County. The SUVCW is a volunteer, non-profit, patriotic and educational organization founded in 1881 by sons of Civil War veterans. For more information, visit www.tnsuvcw.org.