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Covington Confederate soldier gets grave marker 123 years after death

A Confederate re-enactor prays at the grave of Joseph B. Chain Saturday. A Confederate re-enactor prays at the grave of Joseph B. Chain Saturday.
MOUNT OLIVE, MS (WDAM) -

Relatives of a Covington County Confederate soldier who died 123 years ago gathered Saturday to place a long-awaited marker at his Mount Olive gravesite. 

Several dozen people traveled to the Rutland Cemetery to dedicate a government-issued marker at the grave of Joseph B. Chain.

He was a Confederate army private and prisoner of war who died in 1892.

But, before Saturday, he never had a grave marker.

Family members worked for quite some time to get one.  

"We had a lot of documentation we had to come up with on all the documents, prison camps, muster roles and all this, when he enlisted, when he was discharged and all of that, even at the prison camps," said John Lynes, organizer of the ceremony. His wife, Brenda, is a great, great granddaughter of Joseph Chain.        

"It was a beautiful ceremony and very emotional and I'm very proud that finally he has a Confederate monument," said Elaine Bullock Arnold. She is also a great, great granddaughter of Chain.    

Saturday's ceremony included both rifle and cannon salutes from Confederate re-enactors and the playing of Taps.      

Chain had six children before he died at the age of 51. 

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