Rowan Rifles to host memorial Saturday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 5, 2011

Salisbury — Rowan Rifles, Camp #405, of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, will host an event on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. on the front steps of the Rowan Museum at 202 North Main St.
The Museum is the former 1854 courthouse, spared by General Stoneman during his raid on Salisbury in April of 1865. Members of the Rowan Rifles will read the names of more than 2,000 Rowan citizens who served in the Civil War between 1860 and 1865. It is estimated that it will take around two hours to read the names. The names will be read according to regiments in which the soldiers served.
Following the reading, participants will walk to the Old Lutheran Cemetery on Lee Street for a program at 11 a.m. and a 21-gun salute will be fired to memorialize those Confederate soldiers buried there. Costumed re-enactors will be present at both the Rowan Museum and the cemetery.
Tuesday is Confederate Memorial Day in North Carolina.
Rowan Rifles is comprised of 50 members who meet monthly in the Stanback Room of the Rowan Public Library on the second Wednesday of the month.