T.H. Greathouse is long gone, but his legacy will be remembered next month by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Mount Pleasant. The local chapter, known as a camp, recently received its charter and had its installation of officers, but has been active since July 2015. Its mission is to identify Civil War veterans and honor their memory.
“We will have the Lone Star Color Guard and we hope to do a 21-gun salute if we get permission from the city, one of the descendants will read his bio and the Order of the Confederate Rose will do a rose placing on the grave,” Reynolds said.
The ceremony will be held April 9 at 10 a.m. Greathouse served with the 1st Texas Field Battery (Edgar’s Company Texas Light Artillery.) He was born in 1834 and died Nov. 27, 1900. According to historical information, he lived in Titus County during the 1860 and 1880 Census. He married twice and had six children from the two marriages.
Reynolds said the small cemetery, which is surrounded by a concrete fence, sits behind the fenced in yard of a neighborhood house on Red Springs Avenue.
“It’s Greathouse Cemetery. There’s only one headstone marker there. There are four faWmily names on the marker,” Reynolds said. “The grave has been there, but no one really knew that he was a Civil War veteran until recently.”
That’s where groups like his come in. They do surveys of cemeteries and then do labor intensive genealogical research to identify anyone who might have served in the Civil War.
Reynolds, who was born and raised in the Mount Pleasant-Cookville area, got interested in genealogy to find out more about his ancestors. When he found out his great-great uncle was a Civil War veteran, he got involved with the Sons of Confederate Soldiers camp in Gilmer.
“It’s one of the oldest male organizations. Their purpose is to preserve the history and carry on the heritage of those soldiers, to keep their honor,” he said. Reynolds’ chapter is the 1st Lt. David Richard Reynolds Camp 2270, named after his ancestor who was a teacher in Titus County and enlisted in the Army as a private when the war broke out.
“He fought throughout the war and was wounded twice and captured once and escaped,” Reynolds said. “He was discharged from Meridian, Mississippi and walked back home from there.”
Reynolds said he opened a mercantile store in Cookville after the war, became the postmaster and was the founder and editor of the Cookville Banner newspaper. Reynolds retired from the Army in 1984. He enlisted in 1963 and is a Vietnam War veteran.
His group, which so far as 18 members, meets on the first Monday of the month at Old Union Community Center at 6:30 p.m. for a meal and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Since they started the local camp, Reynolds said they have identified 386 Civil War vets buried in Titus County. “We’re trying to identify all of them and pay them recognition,” he said.
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