Parker graveOn April 9, 2016, members of the Fincastle Chapter held an Iron Cross dedication ceremony at the grave of Callahill Parker (1829-1920), who served with the Valley Regulators, Co. K of the 57th Virginia Infantry, CSA. Parker served as a sharpshooter for nearly the entirety of the war–from First Manassas to Sayler’s Creek. The Fincastle Chapter was alerted of Parker’s service and gravesite by his great-grandson Burleigh Gilliam. Parker’s grave was marked only by a small headstone and footstone with no mention of his CSA service. The grave is located in a remote and beautiful part of Botetourt County on Anderson’s Knob, which is now part of the national forest. As President Harriett Francis was describing Parker’s burial, a snow squall blew through just as she noted how Parker’s hand-made walnut casket was taken up the mountain on a horse-drawn sled in the midst of a driving snow. Chapter members read poems and the Botetourt Artillery presented the colors and a 21-gun salute with their black powder rifles. The Fincastle Chapter is proud to have recognized the service of this Confederate veteran and looks forward to many more such ceremonies.