Sons of Union Veterans Recognize Eagle Scout

March 4, 2009 - No Comments

by Jim Barnes

From Matt Gillespie:

Eagle Scout Recognized

Jonathan Slaughter Receives Certificate From Buckhannon Camp #49

Boy Scout Jonathan Slaughter, Troop 106 chartered to Sand Run Baptist Church, officially received his Eagle Scout Award at a ceremony held at BSA Camp Mahonegon in Upshur County, WV.  Every scout who attains the rank of Eagle must lead a project which benefits the community.  Last spring Jonathan lead the reclamation of a cemetery that held the remains of Upshur County’s longest surviving Union Civil War veteran Pvt. Marshall Warner (1844-1941), Co. K 10th WV Inf.  The old family cemetery had grown over after years of neglect.  Jonathan cleared the undergrowth, reset head stones, replaced a fence and installed a flag pole, creating a beautiful wooded setting for an old grave yard.  Jonathan has since completed interviews, merit badges and a booklet about his project among other things.
Jonathan Slaughters project was featured in earlier editions of the Banner and the True Blue Gazette.  On Saturday 28 February 2009 Jonathan had his official ceremony and was officially awarded the title of Eagle Scout.  During the ceremony, Buckhannon Camp #49, secretary-treasurer, Mike Phillips, presented Jonathan with the official SUVCW Eagle Scout Certificate.  Mike Phillips spoke, to the group gathered, about the SUVCW efforts to keep alive the ideals those who served in the Union Army (1861-1865) fought to preserve.  The Boy Scouts encourage patriotism, duty to God & country, loyalty and community service, beliefs that coincide with SUVCW beliefs.  Scouts who attain the rank of Eagle, exemplify all these beliefs.
Jonathan was the 5th Eagle Scout SUVCW Buckhannon Camp #49 has recognized since its conception.  Chris Chipps, Nathan Gillespie, Grayson Shreve and Michael Bunner are the other Eagles the camp has recognized.  Jonathan plans to continue his education and pursue a career in agriculture.
Respectfully Submitted,
Matthew P. Gillespie
Commander, Buckhannon Camp #49

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