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UDC dedicates grave markers at Quaker Cemetery

Posted: June 26, 2015 1:29 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Camden Mayor Tony Scully also spoke during the ceremony. Scully said, “Out of the conflict we commemorate here today came painful understandings that these great leaders have taken up in the cause of reconciliation.”

The John D. Kennedy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) held a marker dedication service for Henry Cool Salmond and his daughter, Louise C. Salmond Porter Proctor, on June 20 at Quaker Cemetery in Camden.

Chapter President Susan Baskin presided over the event and opened by asking everyone to remember the victims of the Charleston church shooting which occurred only three days earlier.

“I don’t think we can begin this ceremony without remembering the victims in the latest terrorist, mad dog inspired tragedy that happened to our friends in Charleston. I’d like for us all to remember them in our prayers and thoughts and be thankful and appreciative of the way those families are coping with that tragedy,” Baskin said. “It feels to me like that’s the way South Carolinians, be they red, black or white would handle a terrible situation like that.”

Camden Mayor Tony Scully said the Confederate soldiers fought for the causes in which they believed at the time.

“The Confederates buried here fought to save their families and their homeland. Those that survived the terrible conflict went on to care for their neighbors, rebuild their communities, grow in their passion and wisdom and participate generations later, as we all have in women’s rights, civil rights and human rights for all,” Scully said. “Out of the conflict we commemorate here today came painful understandings that these great leaders have taken up in the cause of reconciliation.”

Ann Shugart, who is president of the South Carolina Division of the UDC, spoke on the origins of the organization.

“It is an outgrowth of numerous lady’s hospital associations, sewing societies and knitting circles that worked throughout the South during the War Between the States to supply the needs of our soldiers. After the war, these organizations kept pace with the changing times and evolved into cemetery, memorial, monument and Confederate home associations and auxiliaries to counsel Confederate veterans,” Shugart said. “Today, our UDC is the oldest patriotic lineal organization in history. When the organizing meeting was held in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1894, the ladies chose the name National Association of the Daughters of the Confederacy.”

UDC Historian General Retta Tindal told of Henry Salmond’s legacy.

“Henry Cook Salmond was not a great general or a statesman or a man of great fame or fortune, but he was a Confederate hero, one of many who answered the call and fought for the South,” Tindal said. “He grew up in Camden and was planning to attend South Carolina College when the war intervened. Henry enlisted on September 21st, 1861, at age 18.”

Tindal said Salmond joined a cavalry unit which served in Virginia. He reached the rank of corporal during the war. He was wounded in the war and became a farmer after the conflict. He raised four sons and one daughter, Louise. He died in 1907.

“As a Confederate hero and soldier, Henry Cook Salmond is most deserving of the grave marker and of all honor and dignity,” Tindal said.

Baskin and Shugart then unveiled the markers on Salmond’s and Proctor’s graves. William Salmond, a direct descendent, said he and the other family members in attendance were honored by the ceremony.

“We’re really honored that y’all are honoring some of our folks and I know they’re probably looking down and saying that we’re really thankful for all the hard work, dedication and especially the good, Godly principles that y’all have transferred on to your kids,” Salmond said. “I hope that will continue.”

Rusty Major of Camden capped the ceremony by playing “Taps” on his trumpet.

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