Originally created 12/03/99

Notes church's role in re-interment



On Nov. 12 in the Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, the re-interment service for the Confederate seamen disinterred from the Mariners' Graveyard under the Citadel Football Stadium took place.

Due to "political correctness" the Confederate Heritage Trust Inc., sponsors for this, event were turned down by several churches ... before finding one that would perform the ceremony. By the grace of God, St. Johannes Evangelical Lutheran Church of Charleston didn't turn her back on her native sons.

This church gave permission for the bodies of these men to lay in state on its premises, with the coffins draped with the Confederate battle flags they gave their lives for. The church's pastor, the Rev. Dr. C. Lynn Bailey, performed the order for the burial of the dead. ...

Frank E. Odom, North Augusta