Dear Editor,

In late Dec. of 1934, an American Legion Service Officer from Calvert City requested a VA grave marker for a man named Alfred Dew, who had died in 1919, in Calvert City. Evidently, the family had made the request. Private Dew was listed as being a soldier in Co. "G" of the 4th Kentucky Infantry, Confederate States Army.

In January, the application was returned, approved, and a stone was later delivered. But, there was a difference: Private Alfred Dew may or may not have served in the Confederate Army; he most certainly did serve in the United States Army, for several months in 1865, in Troop "L" of the 17th Kentucky Cavalry. That's what the changed application said and that's what the stone says. The stone was set, the grave honored, and apparently forgotten about.

Recently Don Howell, a member of the Marshall County Cemetery Board, came across the grave and the cemetery. The stone has fallen over and the cemetery is in bad shape.

The Alfred Johnston Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans has set Saturday, the 7th of Dec. as a work day to clean the cemetery and reset Private Dew's stone. Anyone who would like to help is invited to join us beginning at 9 a.m. at Fitzgerald Cemetery in Calvert City; the work day will be rescheduled for Dec. 14 if the weather is bad on Dec. 7. Meet at the Dairy Queen about 8:45 a.m. to convoy, if you like. The public is invited, and veterans groups are especially welcome.

Tom Hiter