The Gray Ghost
Vol. XVII, No. 4, July-Aug 1998

Camp News

On July 19, 1998, Camp Kit Mott conducted a Memorial Service for Pvt. Howell Ransom Vick, Co. A, 18th Mississippi Cavalry, at the New Salem Cemetery in Cayce, Mississippi. Steve Vick, an SCV member who lives near Paducah, KY, requested our participation some time ago. Steve is a descendant of Pvt. Vick and brought many relatives with him to the ceremony. Approximately 65 people were present to honor Pvt. Vick on a hot July afternoon.

Camp Kit Mott conducted another Memorial service at the Eason Cemetery in Independence, MS, on August 15, 1998, for two brothers, Pvt. Asbury W. Hancock and Pvt. Thomas P. Hancock. Pvt. Asbury "App" Hancock received the Confederate Medal of Honor for his heroic actions at the "Bloody Angle" at the battle of Spotsylvania. He risked life and limb throughout the day during the battle by repeatedly going for ammunition to supply the troops. Approximately 100 friends, and relatives were in attendance for this momentous occasion. We were also proud to have approximately 20 re-enactors present to participate in our program. Most were from Co. G, 17th Mississippi. Others represented included the 31st Tennessee Infantry and the 8th Miss. Cavalry, dismounted. Our thanks to all of these men and especially to Capt. Paul Alford who organized the attendance of the re-enactors. We also appreciate the attendance of former Congressman David Bowen who read a letter written by App Hancock. Our thanks also to Keith Hardison, Director of Beauvoir for lending the Medal of Honor for display at the ceremony. Following the ceremony, the crowd enjoyed a luncheon at the family cabin near Wyatt, MS. This was one of the more memorable services we have conducted in recent years. Our thanks go out to the Hancock family and all others who helped make it a success.

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