Tour of Holston Conference–Emory & Henry College Cemetery
August 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:30am
Join Civil War historian, instructor, battlefield guide, and author Michael Shaffer on Saturday, August 4 for a dual-stop tour of living history. First stop, the Old Glade Presbyterian Church Cemetery, dating back to 1792, and the final resting place of many of Washington County’s early settlers. Shaffer continues the tour with a stop at the Holston Conference—Emory & Henry College Cemetery, former home to a large Confederate hospital and resting place of over 200 Confederate soldiers.
Join historian Michael Shaffer at 9am for a tour of the Old Glade Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The church itself is one of the oldest in Washington County, dating to 1792 and is the final resting place of many of Washington County’s early settlers. In the cemetery is buried one of the Confederate’s leading generals, Brigadier General, William Edmondson “Grumble” Jones. After going to West Point, Jones served on the frontier from 1848 until 1857. He organized the Washington Mounted Rifles as its captain when Virginia seceded in 1861. He became colonel of the 1st and then the 7th Virginia Cavalry, and was promoted to brigadier general in September 1862. Jones was killed at the Battle of Piedmont on June 5, 1862.
At 10:30am, join Michael Shaffer for a tour of the Holston Conference—Emory & Henry College Cemetery, honoring the final resting place of over 200 Confederate soldiers who died in the area, including at the Battles of Saltville.
Emory & Henry College was home to a large Confederate hospital during the Civil War. During the war, school was closed while many of its students fought in the Confederate army, and the Confederate government used its buildings to establish the Emory Confederate States Hospital. After the nearby Battle of Saltville in October 1864, wounded Union soldiers, including members of the 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry, were treated there. On the morning of October 3, Confederate soldiers reportedly killed several black troopers and their white lieutenant in what has come to be known as the “Saltville Massacre.” This cemetery dates to the establishment of that hospital and includes many who died there.
Michael Shaffer is a Civil War historian, instructor and battlefield guide. He currently lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he frequently lectures about Civil War history and currently teaches courses at Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education. When he lived in Glade Spring, he was the author of “Washington County Virginia in the Civil War,” chaired the county’s sesquicentennial committee and served as the liaison to Virginia’s Sesquicentennial Commission in Richmond. Shaffer has a BA in military history as well as a MA in military history and Civil War studies from the American Military University.
Tours are at 9am and 10:30am. Admission is free.