Elliott County Cadets with Stone
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Saturday, March 18th, the Elliott County High School Junior R.O.T.C. assisted the Colonel Ben E. Caudill Camp in setting a Confederate headstone near Newfoundland, Kentucky off Rt. 32 in Elliott County. The marker was for Private James Monroe Fugett, Co. B, 10th KY. Cavalry. Henrietta McKinney had worked with several other area historians to determine the unmarked grave of Private Fugett was located in the Hillman Cemetery situated in a dense thicket on a farm where he once lived.
Faron Sparkman along with Mark Carroll and Harold McKinney made several trips to scout out the location and find the best access into the abandoned cemetery in the woods. After determining the location and access Sparkman contacted First Sergeant (Ret) Vaughda Wooten with the Elliott County Junior R.O.T.C. On Saturday morning 1SG Wooten, accompanied by Billy Maxey, Angela Maxey, Taricka Flannery, Trey Naquin, Ronald Vaughn, Tim Stevens, Jordan Fannin, Johnny Stevens and Loretta Maxey, joined in the effort to the get the stone past a cornfield, up the hill and into the cemetery. Harold McKinney cut a path through the brush and fallen trees with his chainsaw. The Caudill Camp is very appreciative of the Elliott County JROTC's great help in seeing this project through. They made what would have been a difficult task go smoothly and quickly. Our sincere thanks to 1SG Vaughda Wooten and all the fine young people who worked hard to help out in this worthwhile historical project.
The approach to the hilltop graveyard
Are you sure this thing only weighs 240 pounds?
Harold McKinney, of the George W. Cox Camp, breaks the ground for the stone placement
After 86 years, the grave of Veteran Private James M. Fugett,
10th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA, 1847-1920 is properly marked