I had a great time at my numerous events this past weekend. On Sunday afternoon, we were out putting up flags on the graves of Confederate soldiers who lie in cemeteries in Avery County. In the cemetery in Cranberry, we came across the grave of John J. Bateman, a member of the 51st Virginia. Why did he (and his wife), come to Cranberry? Did they work in some capacity for the mining company? Why put him on the blog? Maybe someone out there on the world wide web is looking for Bateman, and can fill in the details of his life or use this information on his final resting place.
I’m off this evening to speak at the Stonewall Brigade Camp 1296 Sons of Confederate Veterans in Lexington, Virginia. I am really looking forward to spending a couple of days in the Valley.