WINNSBORO — The United Daughters of Confederacy, John Bratton 929 Chapter and the Sons of Confederate Veterans of the Gen. John Bratton Camp 1816 Chapter are combining their efforts May 20 to remember John Bratton (1831-1898).
The two groups were formed to bring together descendants of the participants in the Civil War. Bratton was born in and died in Winnsboro and served as a U.S. Representative along with serving as a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
Bratton lived in the Wynne Dee home and did his early schooling at the Mt. Zion Institute. The Wynne Dee home is located at the corner of Zion Street and Bratton Street.
Pelham Lyles, director of the Fairfield County Museum, believes it is a surprise to people when they realize that was the home of Bratton.
“A lot of people don’t even realize it when they see it,” Pelham stated. “But it is one of our mainstays and historic homes in the town of Winnsboro.”
The ceremony to honor Bratton will begin at 6 p.m. at the St. John’s Episcopal cemetery on the corner of Fairfield Street and Garden Street. Some attendees will be wearing Civil War era costumes and place a wreath on Bratton’s grave for remembrance.
Lyles thinks the ceremony will help to remember the South Carolina-born general.
“If we forget our history then we can go the wrong direction in the future,” Lyles noted.
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