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Identified Southern Cross of Honor John R. Webster
Item #: WR935
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This is a Southern Cross of Honor presented to John R. Webster. The Southern Cross of Honor was created by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and established in 1898. It was bestowed upon Confederate veterans who displayed "Loyal and Honorable service to the South". The medal was first issued in 1900. A search of the Civil War database revealed 19 Confederate soldiers with the name of John Webster and one with the name John R. Webster. The soldiers listed represent virtually every Confederate state. Records indicate that the only listed John R. Webster was from Rockingham County, North Carolina. Initially I did not think that he could the same Webster engraved on the Southern Cross. The reason being, he is listed as enlisting on 3 May, 1861 when he was a 15 year old student. He was mustered into Company H, 13th North Carolina Infantry Regiment as a Private the same day as enlisting. He was discharged for being a minor 1 August, 1862. With that information I figured the the UDC would not have awarded him the Southern Cross. However, after looking at the unit's service record, after only 16 months of service, the 13th North Carolina had fought in six engagements. Before he had turned 17 years old Private Webster had seen action at the Battle of Williamsburg, the Battle of Seven Pines and the Seven Days Battles at Gaines' Mill, White Oak Swamp and Malvern Hill. A pretty impressive battle record for someone who still wasn't old enough to have finished high school! This is a very nice example of a Southern Cross, identified to a teen aged North Carolina infantry man, that will fit into any UCV or North Carolina collection.
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