Monday, January 30, 2012

Real Son Crosses Over The River

“Lucas L. Meredith, Jr., 87, of Dewitt, Virginia, passed away on January 28, 2012. Born in 1924 to the late Lucas L. and Mary Francis Gregory Meredith, Mr. Meredith was a Navy Veteran of World War II, seeing service in the Pacific. He owned the Flower Mart in Petersburg for more than half a century. Mr. Meredith was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp A. P. Hill, #167. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 11 am, Saturday, February 4, at Rocky Run Methodist Church, Dewitt, Virginia.”

A typical obituary anyone might read from a sleepy, small Southern town?

Not in the case of this American!

You see, Mr. Meredith’s late father—Lucas L. Meredith, Sr., who passed away in 1927—was also a veteran … a Confederate veteran! Which across the Old South, makes his son…a real son.

Mr. Meredith’s father--born on March 15, 1842, in DeWitt, Virginia--was sworn into the Confederate Army at Dinwiddie Court House on May 23, 1861. His uncle—his father’s older brother, James—took the strongest horse in the family stable and joined the 3rd Virginia Cavalry, serving under Gen. J. E. B. Stuart as a corporal. His dad ended up in the infantry: Private Lucas L. Meredith, Co. C, 3rd Virginia Infantry, Kemper’s Brigade, Pickett’s Division. Both brothers would survive the war.