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Fallen British Soldiers Honored during Memorial
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An American Revolution War re-enactor in British uniform stands during the memorial service to honor three fallen British soldiers who were buried on what is now the Limestone College campus. To see a photo slideshow of the event, click here .

A memorial service for three British soldiers who died as a result of injuries sustained during the Battle of Cowpens in the American Revolutionary War was underscored by the haunting notes of a bagpiper, smoke from rifles fired by Revolutionary War re-enactors, the release of six white doves, and the unveiling of a commemorative grave site marker.

The service was held at Limestone Springs, on the corner of the Limestone College campus, at the site where the British soldiers were buried in 1781. The soldiers were wounded in battle and brought to the springs for possible medical attention. They bled to death, however, and their bodies were buried nearby in unmarked graves where they remain to this day.

The service was spearheaded by Ashby Blakely, a Limestone College Trustee and owner of Blakely Funeral Home, and Cherokee County historian Robert Ivey.

In a personal note to Blakely, British consul General Annabelle Malins wrote "I am grateful for your initiative, alongside that of Limestone College, to recognize the three British soldiers who perished during the Revolutionary War. The program is a fitting tribute and remains us all of the sacrifices made by our antecedents, American and British alike."

Dr. Bobby Moss, a recognized historian, author and Limestone College professor emeritus who has authored more than 30 books chronicling different aspects of the American Revolutionary War, said that "the site of the graves is special because it is the only known place where we know where any of the dead from the battle site lie."