True Grave Of First African-American Soldier Buried At Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery Found

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The true grave of Shaderick Searcy was uncovered at the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery
The true grave of Shaderick Searcy was uncovered at the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery

SHADERICK SEARCY, 1846-1937: PRIVATE C.S.A.

Shaderick Searcy was a black Confederate soldier. He was a bonded servant of Dr. John Searcy of Talbotton, Ga. When the Civil War began, Dr. Searcy, knowing that both his sons James and Kitchen would go off to war, dedicated Shaderick to become body servant to his two boys. 

Both Dr. Searcy’s sons of Company I of the 46th Georgia Infantry were killed during this conflict. James was killed at bloody Franklin, Tenn. and Kitchen was killed at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain near Atlanta.  

Shaderick outlived both his wards and survived the Civil War. He received a pension for his Confederate service and died at the age of 91 in Chattanooga. 

It has been long known and accepted that Shaderick was the first African-American to be buried in Chattanooga’s Confederate Cemetery. The only evidence that Shaderick was located there was a simple headstone, but it was also recognized that this was only a marker and not the grave site.  

During the second week of March, 2016 while restoration of the cemetery was ongoing, the true headstone and final resting place of Shaderick Searcy was discovered.  

"Now as Sons of Confederate Veterans we too can honor the memory and the service of this Confederate soldier," said John A. Campbell, N.B. Forrest Camp 3, Sons of Confederate Veterans. 



Soddy, Daisy And Montlake Historical Association To Host 5th Annual History Fair

Wayne Shearer’s World War II Memoir, Part 31: ‘Touching The Face Of God’ In The Air

Author Of Civil War Blog Visits Missionary Ridge; Is Shown Items Relating To Capt. Hanna Of Dade County


Over 40 vendors will again gather their local history, artifacts and memorabilia for the community to enjoy On Jan. 18 . The event will be held at the Soddy Daisy High School in the Commons area. ... (click for more)

(Editor’s Note: Dr. Wayne Shearer, 95, is a retired optometrist and retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve now living in Hixson. In his early 90s, he decided to sit down and write from ... (click for more)

John Banks, the author of a popular Civil War blog, paid a visit to Missionary Ridge to seek out more tales of the war. He visited with Missionary Ridge resident Neal Thompson, who has a collection ... (click for more)


Memories

Soddy, Daisy And Montlake Historical Association To Host 5th Annual History Fair

Over 40 vendors will again gather their local history, artifacts and memorabilia for the community to enjoy On Jan. 18 . The event will be held at the Soddy Daisy High School in the Commons area. SDMHA will have at least 60 tables full of history. Genealogy, coal mining relics, Civil War relics, local American Indian artifacts and just lots of local history will be on display. ... (click for more)

Wayne Shearer’s World War II Memoir, Part 31: ‘Touching The Face Of God’ In The Air

(Editor’s Note: Dr. Wayne Shearer, 95, is a retired optometrist and retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve now living in Hixson. In his early 90s, he decided to sit down and write from memory and a few records he still possesses his recollections of going through Army Air Corps pilot training at several bases in the United States during World War II. A lifelong writer, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Kerry Hayes Named Berke Chief Of Staff; Stacy Richardson Goes To Washington

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has appointed Kerry Hayes as his new chief of staff. He will replace Stacy Richardson, who has served as the mayor’s chief of staff since November 2015. Mr. Hayes had served as the deputy chief of staff since December 2017. “Kerry’s experience in the public and private sectors have brought tremendous value to my senior leadership team since he ... (click for more)

Shooting Of Woman On Arlington Avenue Posted In Twitter Video; Pair Had Met For Fight After Facebook Dispute

The shooting of a 30-year-old woman in the 800 block of Arlington Avenue on Thursday afternoon has been posted in a Twitter video. Chattanooga Police on Friday arrested Kuchava Moore, 31, for attempted murder. Police said Ms. Moore and the victim had argued on Facebook and agreed to meet for a physical fight. Ms. Moore arrived as a passenger in a tan Chevrolet Impala. The ... (click for more)

Opinion

Our SRO's Are Far More Than Just Someone With A Gun

I’d like to share some thoughts concerning the lack of school resource officers in Hamilton County schools. I am an extremely proud school counselor at Hixson High School. A colleague calls me the “Hixson High Evangelist.” Call me what you may, but I have many reasons for being compelled to share the good news of Hixson High on a daily basis. When I heard Sheriff Hammond tell ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

NOT ALL ATHLETES ARE DUMB Many in our new generation may not know some of these former professional athletes but I remember them all. Back in the day, it was never hard to get a priceless quote that years later still make you laugh * -- Don Meredith, a former Dallas Cowboy Quarterback, once said: “Coach Tom Landry is such a perfectionist that if he was married to Raquel Welch, ... (click for more)