Philadelphia Chapter 972 Grave Markings
One of the memorial objectives of the United Daughters of the Confederacy® is to honor the memory of those who served and those who fell in the service of the Confederate States of America. As part of this objective, Philadelphia Chapter 972 conducts grave markings at Philadelphia area cemeteries when men or women are identified as having served the CSA.
Ex-Chapter President, Mrs. Jon Mastin, places a wreath during
the 2008 grave marking ceremony for Col. Joseph Barbiere, CSA,
at the New Britain Baptist Churchyard in New Britain, PA.
Our chapter's next grave marking will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at West Laurel Hills Cemetery in Philadelphia.
Please join us for the memorial service as we mark the graves of four men who served the Confederate States of America:
Private William D. Mason (Co. D, 6th Regiment VA Cavalry)
Pvt. Mason enlisted on April 19, 1862, at Brandy Station, VA, at age 15, serving approximately one year until he was discharged due to a heart ailment. Mason was the husband of Louise Clarke Mason, President of Philadelphia Chapter 972 from 1917-1919 and Honorary President General of the United Daughters of the Confederacy
Captain John P. Donaldson, Jr. (1st Kanawha Regiment, Virginia; Co. H, 22nd Regiment, VA Infantry)
Captain John Plankinhorn Donaldson, Jr., was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, and was a descendant of the family for which the Nicetown section of Philadelphia was named. Donaldson's grandfather, William Donaldson, was Sheriff of Philadelphia from 1808-1810. Donaldson, enlisted in the 1st Kanawha Regiment, at Charlestown, VA (now WV) in May, 1861. He served as 2nd Sergeant until elected and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Company H, 22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry on July 27, 1861. He was elected and appointed 1st Lieutenant on May 1, 1862, and later promoted to Captain.
Private Frederick L. Pitts (Co. H, 1st Regiment, MD Infantry; Co. K, 1st Regiment, VA Cavalry)
Private Pitts' page in history was written on May 11, 1864, at the Battle of Yellow Tavern, VA. Major General J.E.B. Stuart, was visiting the far left wing of his line of dismounted cavalry, at Pvt. Pitts' position, just before Union forces charged. In the ensuing charge, General Stuart was mortally wounded by a retreating Union soldier. Pvt. Pitts brought General Stuart to the rear on his horse to await an ambulance, thus preventing his capture. General Stuart died the next day in Richmond.
Their graves will be honored by the UDC, CofC and the SCV. The time of the ceremony will be announced at a later date. Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served.
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