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Greetings Reenacting Friends of the 28th North Carolina Troops!

It has been a busy summer with the various campaigns and memorials on the reenacting schedule for 2014. Now as we head down the “home stretch” of the Sequicentinial, we have a highly anticipated and very special event in our front.

As many of you already know, the long awaited Colonel William Henry Asbury Speer Memorial is almost upon us.

All final preparations are now being made for this event on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2PM. It will be held just south of Boonville, NC where he is buried at the Speer Family Cemetery. (See directions below). Attached also, is a flyer that you may share with others.

Colonel Speer, who first served at Captain of Company I, later as Major, Lt. Colonel, and then Colonel of the 28th NCT, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Reams Station on August 25th and died from his wounds 4 days later on August 29, 1864.  This service is the 150th observance of his service to North Carolina during the War between the States. His remains were then brought home in September and laid to rest in the family cemetery.

You are invited to join in with the 28th North Carolina Troops and 7th North Carolina Cavalry re-enactors to honor Colonel Speer with a special period volley and cannon salute.  This is truly an historic opportunity for the 28th NCT to pay its respects to Colonel Speer and for this occasion, we are calling on all able bodied men and women of the 28th NCT to participate. Many family members and friends will be in attendance also, as Colonel Speer is considered by many from Yadkin County as a local hero.  Please plan to be there by 1:00 PM for weapons inspection and other preparations.

As our special guest, Dr. Allen Paul Speer, author of the book, Voices from Cemetery Hill, will share the story of William Henry Asbury Speer.
Allen, being a descendent of Colonel Speer, is in possession of his diary and many of the letters that Colonel Speer wrote home during the War. Voices from Cemetery Hill is based on these papers.

Period Music will be provided by local musicians Danny and Eva Casstevens and bagpiper Terry Rose.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Yadkin Gary Eagles, Sons Of Confederate Veterans Camp 1765. They will provide plenty of ice water and serve refreshments following the service. 

Directions from Yadkinville: From US Hwy 421 travel north on US Hwy 601 north towards Boonville. Go about 7.5 miles and turn left onto Speer Road. Then go about 2/10 mile and the Cemetery will be on the right. For GPS, the closest address to use for the Speer Cemetery is Speer Road, Boonville, NC 27011.

For questions or additional information please contact me by phone or email:(336) 428-2026 ghcheek@earthlink.net

You are especially invited to historic event for Yadkin County! Feel free to invite your friends also.

To Colonel Speer and the Old North State!
In your service,

Lt. GH Cheek, 28 NC