MT. OLIVE, MS (WDAM) - A Confederate soldier who had a homemade headstone marking his Covington County grave for more than a century now has an official marker from the federal government.
A headstone from the Department of Veterans Affairs was dedicated at the Rutland Cemetery Saturday.
It marks the grave of Corporal James C. Dykes.
He was a New Orleans native who served with a Mississippi regiment and was a two-time POW.
He survived the war and died in 1872.
"He fought the war, he made it through the war, he was a prisoner of war, not once but twice, and made it, walked home from Vicksburg to (Covngton County)," said John Lynes, a family member who helped organize the dedication ceremony.
"To watch the ceremony and everything else, it was really impressive and touching, so we can't say enough how much we appreciate what they've done," said Jeff Miley, another family member who drove from Louisiana to attend the ceremony.
There are at least two other Confederate veterans buried in the Rutland cemetery.