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05/09/05

Descendents Honor Fallen Confederate Soldier

They're remembering soldiers who served in another era. The Sons of Confederate Veterans are honoring Pvt. Chesley Alderman at the family cemetery in Bulloch County. Family historians recently discovered his name on the Confederate Roll of Honor.

Wounded on the first day at Gettysburg, Alderman risked his life as a volunteer medic during the battle.

"When everyone else was crouching down to miss the bullets, he was sitting up in a wagon, trying to save fellow soldiers," said historian Smith Banks.

Alderman was wounded again, and Union troops captured him. He died days later in a prison camp.

Descendants don't know where they buried him, but they dedicated a new marker in his memory today.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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