2 Confederate veterans honored with Iron Cross dedication

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Posted 5/13/20

Members of the Children of the Confederacy pose during a grave-marker ceremony. They are, front from left, Front:  Ethan Peden, Zeke Pritchett;  back,  Luke Peden, Caleb Peden and Jed Pritchett.

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2 Confederate veterans honored with Iron Cross dedication

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The Children of the Confederacy, Sumner A. Cunningham Chapter 13,  recently held a Confederate Iron Cross of Honor grave-marker dedication for two Confederate veterans.
The C of the C is an auxiliary of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Chapter 900 of Cleveland.

The Confederate Iron Cross of Honor is an outgrowth of the Southern  Cross of Honor medal created by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to recognize Confederate veterans for their loyal and honorable service.

The Southern Cross of Honor was adopted in 1898, with the first Cross being bestowed on a Confederate veteran in Georgia. The grave marker was later adopted as a symbol to be placed on the graves of Confederate veterans who served honorably in the War Between the States.

A grave-marker ceremony was held for David Martin Peden. He was the fourth great-grandfather of members Caleb, Luke and Ethan Peden.

David Martin Peden was born in Laurens County, South Carolina in 1841. He enlisted in Company B, 1st South Carolina Calvary. After the war, Peden made his home in Murray County, Ga.

The second grave-marker ceremony was held for William Moore Bain, who was a second lieutenant from Polk County. Bain was the fourth great-grandfather of members Jed and Zeke Pritchett.

President Caleb Peden welcomed the families and guests. Salutes to the flags were led by Ethan Peden and Zeke Pritchett.

The National Anthem and Dixie’s Land were led by Lisa Pritchett. The Children of the Confederacy creed was recited by all.

Jed Pritchett, president of the Tennessee State Division, delivered greetings. Members unveiled the Iron Cross and placed a wreath in memory of their ancestors. The ceremony concluded with the benediction.

Family members and guests attending the ceremony were Micheal Peden and family, Michael Little and family, Shawn and Lisa Pritchett and family.

Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy attending were Linda Ballew, Peggy Morrison, Marilyn Kinne and  Anita Green.

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