Jacksonville to host ‘Gallant Pelham’ commemoration March 16-17
The public is invited to historic Jacksonville, Alabama, March 16-17 for a weekend-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the death of Major John Pelham, CSA, who was called “The Gallant Pelham” by Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The commemoration will consist of two days of encampments and celebration, culminating with a solemn funeral procession to the gravesite of Major Pelham on Sunday afternoon.  There will be numerous encampment sites, period music, dancing, guest speakers, and tours of the historic areas of Jacksonville and its City Cemetery, which houses many Confederate soldiers. The Grammy Award-winning band “Un-Reconstructed” will present period music.

Saturday Early:

•Wander about the camps to see and speak to the re-enactors.

Saturday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

• Events on the historic square to include music, tours of notable sites, re-enactors.

• Speakers, tours of the square and the cemetery, period music are scheduled throughout the morning.

Saturday noon-3:00 p.m.

• Notable speakers, tours, music, prominent historic figures of the time in period costumes relating historic events.

Saturday Evening  4:30 p.m.-

• A dance on the Square with “Un-Reconstructed” providing the entertainment.  Immerse yourself in the 1860s music and costumes

Sunday Morning

• Church at the historic Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist Churches

Sunday : 1:00pm-

• On the historic square there will be the “Gallant Pelham” funeral and procession re-enactment down “Wagon Road” (Pelham Road) to the historic Jacksonville Cemetery for the commemorative ceremony at Major Pelham’s Gravesite, culminating in a gun salute and cannon salute from the Ketchum Battery for this artillery hero of the Confederacy

This event is brought to the public free of charge and is presented by the Major John Pelham Commemorative Committee and its volunteers.

For information on re-enactors and campsites call Gary Dempsey; 256-435-9032.

For general information, call Denise Rucker 256-435-5091, Joe Maloney 256-435-5402 or Jerry L. Klug, 256-435-9386.
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