Beauvoir hosted 5th annual Pilgrimage to the tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier
Beauvoir hosted the wreath ceremony for the fifth annual Pilgrimage to the tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier over the weekend.
Beauvoir’s unknown Confederate soldier is the only unknown Confederate soldier in the world that has received a pilgrimage.
In 1981, the marble tomb was placed over him and he was given the distinction of the being the Unknown Confederate Soldier for the Confederate States of America.
In 1983, he was awarded the Confederate Congressional Medal of Honor. The ceremony was performed by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Rick Forte, founder of the Unknown Soldier, tells News 25 how he discovered the remains. “I discovered him by the metal detector. Cartridge box was right at the hip and his canteen is where I discovered his remains when I dug those up. He was buried in a shallow grave and I’m pretty sure, 99 percent sure, he was buried by his comrade with him because he had everything on him.”
Beauvoir’s Unknown Confederate Soldier is the only one in the world to have been awarded the Grand Decoration of Chivalry by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.