Charter of the Little Sorrel Chapter #2638

History of the Little Sorrel Chapter

The organizational meeting for the chapter was held in February of 2003.  Prospective members were given worksheets and brochures and began working on writing the chapter bylaws which were approved at the second meeting in March.  Members voted to accept the name “Little Sorrel,” General Stonewall Jackson’s horse, as the name of the chapter to honor all the horses that played such an important role in the War Between the States. At a meeting in May of 2003, members began returning their applications with the final ones completed by mid-summer.


Little Sorrel Chapter #2638 of Georgiana, Alabama, was chartered in August of 2003 with 21 members.  The Charter was presented at the first meeting and framed and placed at the Rose Memorial Library in Georgiana.  Charter members were officers Connie Ashley Foster, President; Cissi Norrell Jones, Vice President; Susan B. Andrews, 2nd Vice President; Gail Burkett Piggott, 3rd Vice President; Cindy F. Edgar, Recording Secretary; Cemira A. Price, Treasurer; Betsy Alexander Waggoner, Historian; Debra Jean Ashlock, Recorder of Military Service Awards; Margaret Jane Gaston, Chaplain; Sue Burkett Gaston, Parliamentarian; and. Sharon A. Brooks, Photographer.  Other charter members were Tammy Pope Gaston, Cindy Wilkerson Gaston, Gail Hogelin, Pam Norrell Kearley, Cheryl Lynn Ansley, Michelle Ansley Dickason, Janis Ansley Wardlow, Tara Piggott Starr, Mary Susan Jones, and Sarah Dee Berry-Dove.


Three graves of Confederate soldiers, who were ancestors of charter members, were marked that Fall.  They were William Fowler, Co. E, 23rd Infantry and Co. I, 15th Cavalry; Dr. J. T. Russell, Assistant Surgeon, 23rd Infantry; and Pvt. John R. Salter, Co. E, 2nd Alabama Cavalry.  In January of 2004, forty-two members and guests attended the chapter’s Lee/Jackson banquet at which Dr. Don McDaniel spoke.   In February the chapter hosted the grave marking ceremony of the great-great-great grandfather of Alabama Division President Charlotte Hazel.  In April of the same year, several members and their families traveled to Charleston, S.C., for the burial of the CSS Hunley Crew.  The year ended with twenty-four members on roll.  Twelve supplementals were approved, and the chapter won the Division award for “Youngest New Member.”


In 2004-2005 Little Sorrel Chapter added four new members, one of which was a real granddaughter.  An article about the chapter appeared in the November 2004 edition of the UDC Magazine, and members won several awards at the Division Convention.  Members joined the Greenville Guards Chapter #2565 and the Sons of Confederate Veterans in memorializing five Confederate Soldiers and one War of 1812 veteran at Perdue Cemetery in Butler County on a very cold day in January 2005.


Members of Little Sorrel chapter and members of Circle III UMW of the First Methodist Church of Georgiana dressed in period attire and held a March candlelight dinner in the theme of Gone with the Wind.  Other activities included assisting other chapters in grave marking ceremonies and participating in the coloring contest and history bowl preparation.


Little Sorrel’s third year began with nineteen members and one associate member.   On November 5, 2005, several members attended the spectacular Witherington Cemetery Dedication in Conecuh County.  Graves of both Confederate veterans and those of The War of 1812 were marked at this impressive ceremony.  Chapter activities included a book review of The Widow of the South, written by Robert Hicks, complete with widow’s weeds and mourning dress, placement of flags on Veterans’ graves, and participation in the coloring contest.  The chapter’s youngest member received from the Alabama Division a generous scholarship to attend Judson College.


The 2005-2006 year began with members attending a grave marking ceremony in Garland, Alabama, and the 8th Annual Confederate Fall Muster at Confederate Memorial Park.  Members participated in a special Patriotic Sunday Service at Georgiana Methodist Church, supplying flags for family members to place in local cemeteries. Many of the chapter’s members honored their fathers and grandfathers at this service.  Little Sorrel Chapter also joined with Father Ryan Chapter UDC, Greenville Guards Chapter UDC and  the Butler County Genealogical and Historical Society for an impressive Veterans’ Day Celebration in Confederate Memorial Park in Greenville.  Speakers included Major General Joel W. Norman (Ret.) of the Alabama National Guard, and Nimrod T. Frazer.  A celebration of Robert E. Lee’s birthday was also celebrated in the park in January 2007 with all three county UDC chapters participating.


At Old Scotland Presbyterian Church in North Monroe County  Little Sorrel members participated in homecoming in April 2007. . .”where a goodly number of men from Monroe County gathered and walked to Evergreen to board a train for Shorter, Alabama, where they became Co. H of the 17th  Alabama Infantry also known as the ‘Scotland Invincibles’.”


Little Sorrel members and descendents marked the grave War of 1812 veteran Mark Franklin in the Starlington community along with members of the 7th US Infantry Living History Association, the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance, and the Alabama Historical Commission.  The chapter ended its year’s activities with a grave marking of Henry S. Skinner of the 15th Confederate Cavalry (Simpson Mounted Rangers) at Bellville Methodist Church.


Chapter members were busy during the 2007-2008 year completing 12 approved supplementals and receiving two new members. Two granddaughters of club members submitted scholarship applications.             


Little Sorrel members traveled to such places as Baltimore, Florence, and Biloxi to visit historical Confederate sites.  They also participated in purchasing telephone calling cards for soldiers, contributed to the Jeff Davis Birthday celebration, and volunteered at the local library and museum as well as participating in many local civic clubs.  Fifty dollars in prize money was given to local fourth graders for participation in the UDC coloring contest.


The chapter voted to participate in the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance program to register qualified cemeteries for the National Register.  If each member successfully registers one cemetery with the grave of at least one Confederate veteran, this will be an important step in preserving the memory of our ancestors. This will be an on-going project for the chapter for years to come.

          Chapter members were busy during the 2009-2010 year, completing applications for five supplementals.  The chapter  also assisted three prospective new members with their research and applications.  The Chapter provided special Valentine’s Day thank you cards in packets of toiletries to all 150 veterans at the W.F. Green Veteran’s Home in Bay Minette in February, and members continued to volunteer at the local library and museum and with other civic organizations.  The annual school art contest was a success, and the chapter awarded $50 in prizes to local school children.  Members continued to work on reclaiming an abandoned family cemetery where a Patriot, veteran of the Indian Wars, and three Confederate veterans are buried.  Members provided meaningful and interesting programs during the year, including a slide show of all Washington D.C. war monuments shared by a member, and programs on books read.  In May, the chapter ended the year with a picnic meeting at Norrell Pond in Georgiana.  The chapter made plans to attend the convention in September and welcomed new chapter president, Susanna Gaston, a senior at Judson College, a UDC scholarship recipient.   


          During the 2010-2011 year, chapter members continued to submit supplemental applications and assist prospective new members with their research and applications. Again, the chapter provided special thank-you cards in packets of toiletries to all 150 veterans at the W.F. Green Veteran's Home in Bay Minette, as well as over 300 T-shirts. Members also began gathering information to apply for a World War I Cross of Military Service for an ancestor of three chapter members. Members provided meaningful and interesting programs throughout the year, including one on Children in the Confederacy. The chapter made plans to attend the Alabama Division Convention in September.

         Little Sorrel Chapter continued to stay busy throughout the 2011-2012 year. The chapter assisted one new member with her application and submitted it to the Division Registrar for approval. The chapter is also assisting three more prospective members with their applications. Little Sorrel Chapter hosted a grave marking ceremony in September with the Captain W. Y. C. Hannum Chapter from Maryville, Tennessee. Chapter members also participated in a grave marking ceremony later in the year. The chapter provided packets of toiletries and Valentine's Day cards to the veterans at the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City. The chapter obtained a World War I Cross of Military Service for Daniel Tom Burkett, an ancestor of three chapter members. A ceremony of bestowal was held on May 19, 2012, Armed Forces Day, and the chapter awarded the medal to Travis Burkett, the son of Daniel Tom Burkett. Members continued to volunteer at the local library and museum and with other civic organizations.

 "Jackson meets Little Sorrel, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, May 1861" by John Paul Strain[1]