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    Confederate Surgeon Major Samuel Houston Caldwell's "Southern Cross of Honor". The Confederate "Southern Cross of Honor" was designed by Mary Ann Erwin of Georgia, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, in 1898 during a Confederate Veterans' reunion at Atlanta, Georgia as a way of honoring the Confederate veterans. This "Southern Cross of Honor" was owned by Confederate Surgeon Major Samuel Houston Caldwell, a battlefield surgeon for famed Confederate cavalry leader General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

    Manufactured by Charles W. Crankshaw of Atlanta, wearing of the crosses was limited to only Confederate veterans to whom the United Daughters of the Confederacy presented them. As inscribed on the top pin-back device of this two-piece medal, this cross belonged to "S. H. Caldwell", the Confederate surgeon.

    The lower "Maltese Cross" secured to the upper bar by a single loop has the words "Deo Vindice", the Latin for "God our Vindicator" and the words "Southern Cross Of Honor" at the four stations of the cross. The back of the medal shows a Confederate battle flag surrounded by the words "United Daughters of the Confederacy to the UCV" referring to the the United Confederate Veterans. Surgeon Caldwell undoubtedly wore this medal as a symbol of pride as he was very active in the United Confederate Veterans organization after the war.


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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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