WAR HERO AND PASCO FOUNDER TO BE HONORED
APRIL 15 IN DADE CITY
Dade City FL, April 6, 2012 – Confederate Major David Hughey Thrasher, a post-war educator and founding citizen of Pasco County, will be honored April 15 during a 3 p.m. Southern Cross of Honor ceremony at City Cemetery, 38151 MLK Blvd., Dade City FL.
The event is sponsored by General Jubal A. Early Camp 556 www.tampascv.org, the Tampa Bay-area chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) heritage organization, in association with descendents of Major Thrasher and the Mary and Mollie Bell Chapter 20 of the Order of Confederate Rose.
Among Major Thrasher’s descendents to attend will be his great-great granddaughter Sandra Parrish of Polk County.
A color guard and a rifle squad composed of Early camp members in authentic Confederate attire will perform rites at the ceremony, which culminates with a cast iron Southern Cross of Honor being placed at Major Thrasher’s grave. The grave of any Confederate veteran who served honorably is eligible for placement of this symbol.
Major Thrasher, born 1832 in Morgan County GA, was an original officer in the 38th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. The 38th Tennessee fought at Shiloh, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga, Atlanta and Franklin among its many engagements. The unit was surrendered at Greensboro NC in March 1865.
Post-war, Major Thrasher served as 1876 tax assessor and as 1881-1882 superintendent of public instruction in Hernando County. For Major Thrasher’s leadership in the newly-established (1887) Pasco County, his was saluted as among four official “founding families” in the 1998 re-dedication of the Pasco County Courthouse. Major Thrasher died in 1890.
By federal law, Confederate veterans are recognized as honorable military service members by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
By state statute, April is Confederate History Month in Florida.
The nationwide Sons of Confederate Veterans www.scv.org, founded in 1898, exists to promote the virtues and deeds of Confederate servicemen while protecting the true history of the 1861-1865 war. Membership in the organization is open to any male descendent of honorably-serving Confederate military personnel. The SCV does not discriminate based on race, religion or national origin.