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For an accounting of donations and expenditures, click Here .

Also Doug Williams is helping with the setting of the new markers on a concrete base and taking those markers to the cemetery for placement. Doug has created a webpage to keep everyone updated on the progress of setting the markers at the cemetery. Doug Williams' Pictures

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08/06/06 Added webpage listing all the markers set to date. Click Here

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07/17/06 We have now added most of those buried in the Confederate cemetery to the the database. Using PicoSearch, one can choose to only search for those buried in the cemetery, instead of searching the entire website. What this equals to is a searchable index of the entire Confederate section of Rose Hill Cemetery. This will prove invaluable to those searching the internet once those names are index by search engines 'spiders' such as google, yahoo, etc. This will make it much easier to find a name. Also this week we have begun using aluminum lettering in the making of the markers instead of the rubber stencils. This means a better looking marker, and cuts down on the cost per marker. Here is an example of a marker made 2 days ago using the new reusable aluminum letters. Click here..... New Improved Marker

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06/26/06 Folder containing photos taken of all Confederate markers to date. Click Here

06/18/06 We have started to add the names and photos of markers of every individual buried in the Confederate section. There is a clickable link to each marker picture. We are starting these additions beginning with rows 1 through 3. It will take weeks before all those buried are listed in the webpages.

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05/21/06 It looks like we'll have 27 new markers set by Memorial Day. We are ahead of schedule and that is good. Also I want to pass along the following email I received this week from Terry Pierce:

Memorial Day Service
Confederate Section
Rosehill Cemetery, Ardmore Oklahoma

The annual Memorial Day service will be held on Monday May 29th, at 2:00 PM. This event is sponsored by The Sons of Confederate Veterans, N. B. Forrest camp 513, Clem V. Rogers camp 481, and the Lakota Nation camp 2000. This year's event will be a larger project than past years as we will be re-dedicating new markers that have been installed as part of the restoration project to replace damaged and deteriorated ones. Approximately 20 new markers will be in place. And temporary repairs to others.

The First Cherokee Mounted Rifles, a re-enacting group from Ponca city will be providing the Honor guard, and will be firing rifles in salute. Also the United Daughters of the Confederacy from Tulsa will be participating. Ardmoreite Cotey Bowman will play taps. I want to be sure and encourage everyone to bring a lawn chair if possible. Anyone who wants to bring an ice chest is welcome too, we will be providing bottled water.

Terry Pierce
Adjutant
Oklahoma Div.
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Email: tpirules@yahoo.com
Phone: 405-685-1158

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04/26/06 I finished two markers this week that are now ready to set. Those 2 markers are for Wm J Harris and Wm Brownlow. I have 5 more stencils ready to pour so that will make 7 new markers soon. Plus this week I ordered 7 more stencils and they should be here around May 1st. We are making good progress.

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04/07/06 Doug Williams has been setting new markers in the Veterans Section. He has posted pics of befores and afters on his Photo Gallary website. Just click on this link to go see photos he's took of the most recent markers set. Things are moving along nicely! Doug Williams' Photo Album

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02/02/06 I just finished this marker this evening. I havent even taken the time to washed it off yet. It turned out very nice. Its 24 inches tall by 10 inches wide and 2 inches thick (same size as old one). It weighed 40 lbs on my bathroom scales, so its very dense and heavy. The second photo is the old marker at the cemetery thats broken in half, and held up by bailing wire and rebar.
Click here..... New Marker
Click here..... Old Marker

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01/21/06 I have poured 3 markers this week. Below are two pics of a marker I poured on Wednesday the 18th. Because the marker is so white, the first overall pic just looks white. So the second pic is a closeup of a corner of the marker, and shows more detail on the texture of the marker.
Overview of marker
Closeup of corner

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01/20/06 Doug Williams has been busy this week making forms for when we pour the concrete bases for the markers. He has made two forms just for that purpose out of plywood.
Form for concrete base

And I've been busy this week gathering info from various sources, including some expected help from people on the Net with access to death records, etc. Right now I am concentrating on the first 6 rows, and trying to get those individual's info as best we can for accuracy. Also I have ordered rubber stencils for about 6 markers. And this week I poured 3 new blank markers. So things are moving along very nicely.

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12/17/05 Went to the Veterans section, took pics of of the markers in rows 19-22 needing replaced. I've added them to the webpage as thumbnails. Also added a link to the webpage with a pic of an overall view of the rows of markers.
Overview Picture

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12/13/2005 I received a reply back from the VA today. They do not offer the style of markers like is in our Veterans Section. Plus they will not replace the markers of the Veterans wives buried next to them that are also in terrible shape. So, we are staying with Plan A. Thanks everyone who has made pledges so far, I have no doubt now, we can replace those broken/missing markers in our Veterans section. After several stumbling blocks the past 24 hours, I think the appropriate words were said back in 1866:
"Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" -Adm. David Glasgow Farragut 1866

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12/13/05
Dear Mr. Bridges:
Thank you for the inquiry regarding the grave markers. We regret to inform you, the only styles currently available are those shown on our website and or on the application form. We can only guess, the headstones currently in the cemetery were probably placed there more than 50 years ago. Thank you for your interest and concern in seeing that these veteran stones are replaced and maintained. If we may be of further service, please contact us.
Sincerely,
James D. Spear
Memorial Programs Service
Quantico, VA

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12/12/2005 Two people have emailed me saying the VA will replace the broken and missing markers at no charge. But the VA will not pay for local installation and materials needed to set the markers. I will research all requirements and forms necessary to have the VA replace these markers. One source said it takes about 3 months to get one marker. Of course I will turn in several markers per week until all paperwork is filed with the VA. I will work on one Row at a time and if we can get those markers replaced by the VA. To those of you who have made pledges, your pledges are very much needed to pay for concrete and installation costs. I will keep everyone updated right here as progress is made to getting markers replaced by the VA (if they will).



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