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Honoring History
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
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Members of the 16th Georgia Company G Jackson Rifles open the ceremony.
Members of the 16th Georgia Company G Jackson Rifles open the ceremony.
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Headstone and Confederate Iron Cross on the grave of Civil War soldier James M. Malone.
Headstone and Confederate Iron Cross on the grave of Civil War soldier James M. Malone.
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Two Jones County Civil War soldiers were honored recently with a ceremony commemorating the placement of Confederate Iron Crosses on their graves.

The April 20 dedication of the headstones and Iron Crosses for George Washington Comer and James Madison Malone was put together by Cres Keys, who is the great-great-grandson of Comer, and the great-grandson of Malone.

The event was held at Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church and was attended by more than 100 relatives, friends, and supporters. The 16th Georgia Company G Jackson Rifles re-enactment unit provided the color guard for the dedication.

Also participating in the event were the Sidney Lanier Chapter 25 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Dorothy Blount Lamar Chapter 388 Children of the Confederacy.

Keys stated that Comer’s father, James Thomas Comer, was a Revolutionary War veteran and moved to Jones County from North Carolina with two brothers. George Washington Comer was a captain in the Civil War, and Malone, his son-in-law, joined the Confederacy in Arkansas and was a prisoner of war. Malone was born in Houston County.

Keys said the headstone for Malone had been wrong since it was originally placed on the grave until it was corrected for the dedication service. The headstone was engraved James Madison Monroe in error but the family could not afford to change it.

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