New tombstones for two Gaston County brothers who fought in Confederate Army
One died in Battle of Chancellorsville, other got medical discharge, lived to be 84
November 8, 2008 - 7:34PM
CHERRYVILLE - Clad in a black mourner's dress with a veil and parasol obscuring her face, Linda Hoyle knelt before two ivory gravestones and adorned them each with a single black rose.
Musket fire echoed through the towering trees as a Confederate heritage group honored 1st Lt. John H. Roberts and 1st Lt. Adam M. Roberts, brothers buried side-by-side in the family cemetery.
The Dallas-based Sons of Confederate Veterans Col. William A. Stowe Camp No. 2142 placed new tombstones at the brothers' graves to ensure their names will never fade from history. Re-enactors joined distant descendants for a dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon.
"These men fought for what they believed in - first and foremost God, country and family," said Gary Byrd, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. "This war broke out not - to the belief of many - over slavery. It was a defense of their homes, property, way of life."