here to view the
new Oakwood Restoration Web site.
Update 01-12-12: The
VA Special Hearing was held yesterday in Washington D.C.
29 pieces of evidence were presented by Attorney Pat McSweeney
and Chairman Lee Hart. Mr. Trevor Moe was present representing
Senator Webb on our behalf. Several SCV members and guests
were in attendance. The Judge in this case seemed very interested
and concerned according to several participants. A decision
was not made, but will be released in the next few weeks.
Update 01-03-12: The Oakwood Committee, on Jan 2nd, met with
Attorney Pat McSweeney to formulate the defense for upright
markers at Oakwood. The upcoming hearing is scheduled for
Jan. 11, 1p.m., in Washington D.C. Chairman Hart has also
been formulating the plans to rebuild the Speaker’s
Stand. This will include the removal of the roof structure,
replacement of the foundation and then the replacement of
the original roof structure after maintenance has been performed.
The utmost care will be taken to ensure that no graves will
be disturbed and all will be properly marked. A clean-up
day will be scheduled in early Spring and more information
on this will be forth coming.
City of Richmond officials, Past C-I-C McMichael, and Past
Virginia Division Commander John Sawyer all signed the
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Sons of Confederate
Veterans and the City of Richmond. This agreement does not
transfer the deed or title to Oakwood Cemetery - Confederate
Section to the SCV, but it gives the Virginia Division
the sole authority to place upright markers for each Confederate
Veteran buried there and improvements or markers of any kind.
The Virginia Division also has the exclusive responsibility
of maintaining the 10 acres of grounds in the Confederate
section of Oakwood Cemetery.
SCV proceeded with ordering
VA upright markers. According to the MOA, the upright stones
must be installed in an orderly manner, row by row, section
by section, and not in a random fashion. The small numbered
markers will be retained, straightened, and incorporated
into the final placement of the upright markers along with
any existing upright or flat markers previously placed by
plan was to
order and install 75 upright stones a month depending on
how quickly the Veterans Administration can complete them
and send them to us. Originally the VA asked that we order
only 10 upright stones for a trial run and after that, they
stated that we would be able to order 75 at a time. Click
here to read the names on the first 10 stones ordered.
The Veterans Administration did not sign the paperwork
necessary to have the 10 initial stones ordered stating that
the request for the stones is "under review at this
with no further explanation. The Veterans Administration
finally issued a letter stating that they were denying the
request for any stones at Oakwood.
here to read the minutes of the November 5, 2011 meeting of the Oakwood Restoration Committee.
here to view renovations made at Oakwood Confederate Cemetery.
This is an on-going project and additional renovation projects
will be posted as they occur.
& Descendants Association of Oakwood Confederate Cemetery
is a program that is available to those who either have a loved
one buried at Oakwood Confederate Cemetery or those who wish
to support Oakwood and would like to be kept updated on any events
taking place at Oakwood. We plan to establish a newsletter to
those who join. The annual membership fee for the Friends & Descendants
Association is $25.00 and can be sent to Brag Bowling at 2720
Rettig Road, Richmond, VA 23225. Those who join the Friends
& Descendants of Oakwood are eligible to purchase an exclusive
Friends & Descendants
of Oakwood medal for $25.00 plus $2.50
shipping & handling per medal.
here to read the history of how the Sons of Confederate
Veterans became involved in the preservation and restoration
of Oakwood Cemetery and our plan to have individual grave
markers placed on each grave to honor these fallen heroes.
stone marks the resting place of 3 Confederate veterans
Click here to view links to news articles about Oakwood
Confederate Cemetery or other sites with information on Oakwood.
Footnote.com is working
in conjunction with the Virginia Division Sons of Confederate
Veterans to offer a 30% donation toward the Oakwood Restoration
Fund for each new membership they receive through the link
from our Web site (you
must click on the Footnote.com button below which has the affiliate coding
identifying the Virginia Division in order for Oakwood to receive the
donation. If you go directly to Footnote.com and sign up there, the donation
will not be sent to Oakwood).
donation only applies to new subscriptions to Footnote and therefore
current Footnote members that use the automatic renewal option will
not receive the 30% donation to Oakwood.