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Another name is General Tyree Harris Bell, a veteran Confederate general who farmed in Sanger and Clovis. He is buried at the Bethel Cemetery on East Central Avenue near Indianola Avenue, south of Sanger. These veterans were not all military officer, as was General Bell, but they were pioneers in this area who contributed to the early growth of farms and businesses.

This year there is a particularly different and first-time-ever memorial event. It will be at Mountain View cemetery on our National Memorial Day, Monday May 27, 2013. It is an event to recognize both Union Veterans and Confederate Veterans who came to California. There are over two-thousand, and many are buried in the San Joaquin Valley and in Fresno County.
The marker being placed at Mountain View Cemetery is a double sided block with a Union stone on one side and a Confederate stone on the opposite side. The Sons of Union Veterans organizations in California are providing the Union stone. The Confederate stone has been provided by the Sons of Confederate Veterans local General Tyree Harris Bell Camp 1804. General Bell is buried at Bethel Cemetery in Sanger.
This memorial being placed is in the center of California. No other veterans memorial marker has both Union and Confederate memorials on it. No other memorial event is a reconciliation event of the north and the south. This one is. No other event has honored both Union and Confederates. It is an event of importance because Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War. And this year is the mid-year of the 150th Anniversary of 1863 – the middle year of the war.
All are invited. It will be a memorable pageant of honor. Red, white, and blue flags will unfurl in a warm breeze. The words of speakers will be carried softly. Period music, that is old melodies, will move us as flowers are laid for each state. Salutes will jar us, and “taps” will quiet us. Most important are the men being honored. They have thousands of deceased descendants, thousands of families, thousands of living descendants living in Madera, Fresno, the valley, and elsewhere.
Many of you have connected with your past ancestors through the Madera or other Genealogical Society. Many new connections await your new searches.
For further information on this event, you may contact Chuck Norred at email: and phone: 559-706-1565. Chuck is the commander of SCV Camp 1804.
Timothy J. Desmond
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CA Confederate Veterans memorial

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Andrew Firebaugh Marker Memorial Day 2013 is approaching and many of us will be going to certain memorial events around the area. Fresno County has had its share of veterans and one that stands out is an early pioneer named Andrew Firebaugh. Many west side folks and City of Firebaugh residents in particular know of his history. From his migration from Virginia to Texas, being a recruit in the army there that went into Monterey during the Mexican war made him a veteran of two flags, Texas and United States. His later migration to California is no less remarkable and he was a member of Major James Savage’s regiment that was the first to enter and discover Yosemite Valley in modern history.
Andrew Firebaugh’s burial place in the foothills east of Clovis, California, is worthy of a visit on Memorial Day as he is a true old veteran of a remarkable era. I doubt any will look up his place of rest. The grave site is on private property, and visible from Tollhouse road and about a mile from Humphreys Station. The remarkable thing, also, is that the grave site is marked on the USGS topographic map titled Humphreys Station Quadrangle. However, if one goes to any memorial on that day, one honors all of the veterans.
Timothy J. Desmond
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California Confederate Memorial

Last reminder for tomorrow, Saturday, April 28.

CALIFORNIA CONFEDERATE VETERANS MEMORIAL. There are almost 2,000 Confederate veterans buried in California. This is a first-time ever memorial to all of them. This is an open invitation to a memorial event near Fresno, California. The details are:

Bethel Cemetery

11608 East Central Avenue

Sanger, CA

Saturday – April 28, 2012

1:00 PM

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