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By Kitsey E. Burns



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On behalf of the 28th NC Troops re-enactors, Greg Cheek recently announced the annual Colonel William Henry Asbury Speer Memorial.


“It has been a busy summer with the various campaigns and memorials on the reenacting schedule for 2014,” Cheek said. “Now as we head down the home stretch of the Sesquicentennial, we have a highly anticipated and very special event in our front. As many of you already know, the long awaited Colonel William Henry Asbury Speer Memorial is almost upon us.”


All final preparations are now being made for this event on Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. It will be held just south of Boonville where he is buried at the Speer Family Cemetery.


Speer, who first served at captain of Company I, later as major, lieutenant colonel, and then colonel of the 28th NCT, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Reams Station on Aug. 25 and died from his wounds four days later on Aug. 29, 1864. This service is the 150th observance of his service to North Carolina during the War between the States. His remains were then brought home in September and laid to rest in the family cemetery.


The 28th North Carolina Troops and 7th North Carolina Cavalry re-enactors will be called upon to honor Speer with a special period volley and cannon salute. This is truly an historic opportunity for the 28th NCT to pay its respects to Speer and for this occasion, the organizers are calling on all able bodied men and women of the 28th NCT to participate. Many family members and friends will be in attendance also, as Speer is considered by many from Yadkin County as a local hero.


Special guest, Dr. Allen Paul Speer, author of the book, “Voices from Cemetery Hill,” will share the story of William Henry Asbury Speer.


Allen, being a descendent of Speer, is in possession of his diary and many of the letters that Speer wrote home during the war. “Voices from Cemetery Hill” is based on these papers.


Period Music will be provided by local musicians Danny and Eva Casstevens and bagpiper Terry Rose.


The event is being co-sponsored by the Yadkin Gary Eagles, Sons Of Confederate Veterans Camp 1765. They will provide plenty of ice water and serve refreshments following the service.


Directions from Yadkinville: From U.S. 421 travel north on U.S. 601 north towards Boonville. Go about 7.5 miles and turn left onto Speer Road. Then go about 2/10 mile and the cemetery will be on the right. For GPS, the closest address to use for the Speer Cemetery is Speer Road, Boonville, NC 27011.


For questions or additional information, contact Cheek at 336-428-2026 or email ghcheek@earthlink.net.

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