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Weekend ceremony marks bridge victory

Tuesday marks the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Staunton River Bridge, and many local residents made their way to Staunton River Battlefield State Park on Friday night and Saturday morning to remember the Confederate victory.

 

The Historic River Foundation and Staunton River Battlefield State Park kicked things off with a wagon ride tour of the battleground Friday night.

Saturday morning, the Virginia Daughters of the Confederacy Halifax Chapter 1321 conducted a bestowal of military services award ceremony.

Recipients of theses awards must be a lineal descendant of a confederate soldier or sailor who rendered military service and must have served honorably in the armed forces of the United States of America.

Cecil Gray Granger was awarded a cross of military service for his service in the Korean War. He is the descendant of Goldsberry Granger, a member of Company F, 1st McCreary’s Regiment, South Carolina Infantry of the Confederate States of America.

Bill Granger accepted a posthumous cross of military service on behalf of his father, Billy Marshall Granger, for his service in World War II. They are also descendants of Goldsberry B. Granger.

Weldon Lee Anderson was awarded a national defense medal for his service in the Vietnam Conflict. He is the descendant Robert W. Anderson, a member of Company K., 26th   Virginia Infantry of the Confederate States of America.

At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Janet Johnson awarded medals to Emily Cosby Dieter, Anne Cosby Lewis, Mallory Cosby Driskoll, John B. Cosby and Martha Minix Boles, descendants of Dabney Cosby Jr., for his service as one of the “Ole Men and Young Boys” who fought to defend the Staunton River Bridge for the Confederacy during the Battle of Staunton River Bridge.

Wayne Howerton, a descendant of Winfield Scott Howerton, also was awarded a medal for his service as one of the “Ole Men and Young Boys” who served at the bridge.

Following the ceremony, those attending made their way to the Staunton River Bridge for a wreath laying ceremony to honor and remember those who fought during the Battle of Staunton River Bridge.

They watched as Leann Johnson tossed the wreath over the bridge.

After the wreath laying ceremony, attendees participated in a guided battlefield tour, a portrayal of General Robert E. Lee by David Palmer and re-enactments throughout the day by Confederate re-enactors from 14th  Virginia  Infantry,  Company K and Oliver’s  Battle, 21st  Virginia, Company C.