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Watkins memorial planned for June 12
A memorial service and Confederate headstone dedication honoring James R. Watkins will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at Warren Plains United Methodist Church Cemetery, rain or shine.
Private Watkins was born in Warren County on Feb. 28, 1828 and enlisted in Warren County in 1862.
He was wounded and captured at or near Silver Spring, Md., hospitalized at Washington, D.C., confined at Old Capitol Prison and transferred to Elmira, N.Y. before being paroled in 1865 and transferred to the James River in Virginia for exchange.
Watkins, the father of Mary Agnes Watkins, James William Watkins, Martha Travis Watkins, Sarah J. Watkins, John F. Watkins, Lula W. Watkins, Thomas Reeves Watkins and Olivia Vertine Watkins, died Oct. 12, 1907.
Among those on the program for the memorial and dedication will be the Col. Leonidas L. Polk Color Guard Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Nancy W. House, granddaughter of Mary Agnes Davis.
Local residents who may have photographs of Watkins and his wife, Martha, are invited to bring them to the service.