ELLIOTT GRAYS CHAPTER 1877 RECHARTEREDOn June 12, 1999, 74 years after its founding and 15 years after its disbanding, Elliott Grays Chapter #1877 was rechartered in a ceremony held in Richmond's historic Confederate Memorial Chapel. Chapter President Mrs. Leah Early presided; special guests included Mrs. John H. Gum, President of Virginia Division UDC, who conducted the rechartering ceremony; Mrs. Martha Bily, Past President of Virginia Division UDC; Ms. Martha Anthony, Honorary President of Virginia Division UDC; Mr. Robin Reed, Eexecutive Director of the Museum of the Confederacy; and Mr. Steven L. Coverstone, grandson of Mrs. Charles W. Schaadt, the first president of the chapter.
Division President Mrs. John H. Gum (left)
presents the new Elliott Grays charter
to Chapter President Mrs. Leah Early.
Originally chartered in 1925, the Elliott Grays Chapter was named for Company I of the 6th Virginia Infantry. The company, which was mustered into service on April 6, 1861, was the first volunteer military unit to enlist from Old Manchester and was initially known as the Rocky Ridge Rifles. It soon renamed itself in honor of the officer who recruited it, Wyatt Mosely Elliott (1823-1897). Elliott, a native of Campbell County, Virginia, was an 1839 graduate of Virginia Military Institute and the first elected president of the VMI Alumni Association. When the War Between the States began, Elliott was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Confederate States Army and given command of the 15th Virginia Battalion, which was part of Mahone's Brigade in A.P. Hill's Corps.
In conjunction with the VMI Alumni Association and Historic Buckingham, Inc., the Elliott Grays Chapter is planning a memorial service for General Elliott. The service will be held April 29, 2000, in Variety Shade, a family cemetery in Buckingham County, Virginia, where Elliott is buried.
First row: Francine Stanley, Dena High, Agnes Elder, Leanne, Pittard, Ann Pittard
Second row: Martha Anthony, Leah Early, Nancy Gum, Martha Bily, Virginia Windley
Third row: Steve Coverstone, Ruth Snead
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