Dedication of Grave Marker for
Lieutenant William Brown Black
Confederate States Army
On April 26, 1998, nine members of the 19th Alabama Infantry Regiment reenactors had the honor to be present at the dedication of a new marker for Lt. Black's grave. The following pictures are from that dedication.
Lt. William Black joined the 19th Alabama on August 10, 1861 and died in Cherokee County, Alabama on January 19, 1863 after being wounded at the Battle of Murfreesboro on December 31, 1862.
Wearing of the GrayThe fearful struggle's ended now and peace smiles on our land,
And though we've yielded we have proved ourselves a faithful band.
We fought them long, we fought them well, we fought them night and day,
And bravely struggled for our rights while wearing of the gray.
And now that we have ceased to fight and pledged our sacred word,
Our cause is lost the more we fight 'gainst o'erwhelming power,
Defeat is not dishonor, our honor not bereft,
When in the ranks of war we stood and faced the deadly hail,
Oh! should we reach that glorious place where waits a sparklin' crown,
Lebanon Campground United Methodist Church
From left to right:
Honor Guard fires 21-gun salute in memory of Lt. Black.
Lt. Williams presents a Battle Flag to Mrs. Mary Black Heaton in honor of her ancestor. To the left of the photo is a replica of the battle flag of the 19th Alabama which is believed to have been carried at the Battle of Shiloh in which Lt. Black fought. The flag flies above Lt. Black's new grave marker.
PVT Sam Campbell with Mrs. H.B. Payne, President of the Alabama Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, next to the grave of Lt. Black.