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04/26/08-Longview

Confederate Colonel Honored In Gilmer Ceremony

      It was a moving ceremony in Gilmer today as a civil war veteran was finally given a proper burial. The day was full of military honors and respects, as a confederate colonel was remembered. In a solemn procession, confederate colonel Cullin Redwine Earp's handmade wooden casket was carried through the streets of Gilmer.

    "We're just so appreciative to all of this the sons of the confederacy for taking this on other wise his grave would have been lost for sure" say Earp relative Randalynn Holmes of Upshur county.

     Family members came from as far away as California and Alaska today to pay their respects.

     "I am blown away at all the work these people have done, the authenticity they've striven for the beauty of the log cabin and their respect and love for this man" says Earps Alaskan relative, Leann Craig.

       Earp commanded the 10th Texas cavalry in several battles. But after his death in 1865, was somewhat lost to history. Earp's lost grave was discovered back in February. And organizers think this kind of honor should be accorded to soldiers of all era's.

     "The civil war, revolutionary war , world war one world war two , Iraq, every soldier is a hero" says acting commander of the confederate 10th cavalry, Bill Starnes.

    The remains of colonel Earp were laid to rest with military honors at Hopewell cemetery near Latch, Texas. Bob Hallmark reporting/bhallmark@kltv.com

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