June 7, 2014 - Drake Cemetery; Elizabethton, TN
Drake Cemetery, on the outskirts of Elizabethton, holds the graves of two men from different walks of life, who wound up on opposing sides of the Civil War. One was a slave, who accompanied his master, Samuel Murray Stover, into Virginia to serve as a Teamster in the C.S.A. His name was Robert "Bob" Stover. He received a Confederate pension, (C-91), from the State of Tennessee. A brother of Samuel Murray Stover was named Daniel Stover, who was a son-in-law of President Andrew Johnson. Daniel also became commanding officer of the 4th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, U.S.A. A memorial stone to Bob Stover will be dedicated, in ceremony, on June 7, 2014. The military service of both Robert Stover and Colonel Stover will be saluted. As the sesquicentennial period of the war winds down, it is good to remember the families in divided Carter County who endured that era. The event is sponsored by the Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp #2083, Sons of Confederate Veterans, of Elizabethton. The event is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Directions to Drake Cemetery are: Drake Cemetery is located north of the Watauga River and west of Highway 19E. From Elizabethton, take Hwy 19E north across the Watauga River, then take the Lovers Lane exit going west. Turn right [north] onto Fitzsimmons Hill Road. Then turn right [east] onto Jim Rains Road . Travel to the first house, then keep left. Turn right into the first driveway. The cemetery will be on your right. A short uphill walk will be necessary. Handicapped assistance will be available. For additional information, contact Scott Bowers at 423-773-6374 or Bill Hicks at 423-542-6782.