Elmwood Cemetery ~ Norfolk, Virginia
November 2, 2002

Memorial ribbon     Major Charles F. Pickett, CSA, died 103 years ago and was laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia. Although others in his family eventually joined him there, their final resting places were not marked with headstones.

Over the years, visitors to that hallowed ground passed the graves and did not know that a Confederate patriot and his family lay there. The Pickett Society determined that a suitable marker needed to be placed at the gravesite.

Following a 10-month drive to raise the necessary funds and design a suitable memorial, members of the Pickett family and the Society gathered in Elmwood Cemetery on November 2, 2002, to unveil the new marker and commemorate the life of Charles F. Pickett. The ceremony was a culmination of efforts by many people and organizations.

Read the inscription on the marker

The marker is unveiled

Major Pickett's great grandchildren Edward W. Pickett, Jr., of Houston and Beverley Pickett Kirchmier of Edenton, N.C., lift the Virginia flag from their ancestor's monument. Society Vice Chairman Dwight R. Wood, Jr. (left), and Society Secretary-Treasurer Billie B. Earnest (in period attire) stand ready to assist.

Pickett Society President Patricia H. Wood

Pickett Society President Patricia H. Wood welcomes over two hundred people to the unveiling ceremony for the Major Charles F. Pickett monument in Elmwood Cemetery.

  Henry Clay Pickett, III, places soil from Turkey Island plantation on the grave

Henry Clay Pickett, III, places soil from Turkey Island plantation on the grave of his great great grandfather. Turkey Island is the ancestral home of Major Charles F. Pickett.

Billie Earnest reads Sallie Pickett's tribute to her brother-in-law

Sallie Corbell Pickett had a warm and abiding relationship with her "little brother" Charles and his wife, Elizabeth. When Charles died, Sallie penned a moving tribute to her little brother. Billie Earnest read it during the commemoration.

  The family lays flowers on the grave

W. Michael Pickett rises after placing a carnation on the grave of his great grandfather. Mike is followed by his brothers, William P. (Pete) Pickett and Edward (Ed) Watts Pickett, Jr. Both Mike and Pete reside in Virginia. Ed traveled from a suburb of Houston to be at the unveiling of Major Pickett's monument.

Society Vice Chairman Dwight Wood reads -They Stand-   Society Vice Chairman Dwight Wood read "They Stand" at the dedication of General George E. Pickett's monument in Hollywood Cemetery. He reprised his performance for the General's younger brother.

In small Southern towns, and large, they stand. On the square by the courthouse, in a park, or in a lonesome field, they stand. Some large and ornate, others more the image of the hard times in which they were erected than the soldiers they honor. Reminders of glorious deeds and sacrifices which often go beyond our ability to comprehend. They are silent, proud and patient, waiting for the day when again they will be objects of affection, attention and care.

They represent the heroes of the South, those who fought, those who died and those who refuse to let the memory of our history die. They are modest, but essential reminders of a people who sacrificed everything. They are a link, however tenuous, to our past.

Often names of the dead are etched in stone. They are indeed heroes, but there are so many more whose names do not appear. Those who fought and lived with the terrible images of war. Those who tried to keep a place where tired soldiers could once again become husbands and fathers. Those who lost husbands and brothers and fathers and sons. Those who were forced to watch as their country was destroyed town by town and farm by farm. Those who worked so hard to see that we could not forget.

Stop a moment, bow your head and honor them. Never let their battles be forgotten; never let their story be rewritten; never let their banners be dishonored; never let their lives be cause for shame.

They stand, though some would tear them down. They stand, though many turn their back. They stand, thank God, they stand.

Jack Kean
Starkville, Mississippi

Raymond J. Pickett  and Henry Clay Pickett III   Henry Clay Pickett III is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Military Order of the Stars and Bars.

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