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A historic memorial service
Soldier honored during Confederate Heritage Month
W Private Thomas Hendrix
Frank Hendrix, left, is the grandson of Private Thomas B. Hendrix. Thomas Hendrix was a Bulloch County native who fought in the Civil War. Standing with Frank Hendrix is Ted Lewis, a historian with Metter Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp. - photo by Special

   A Confederate Memorial Service was held last week for Private Thomas B. Hendrix, who fought for the South during the Civil War.
      The service took place at Oak Grove Church Cemetery, which is located between Rocky Ford and Portal, in rural Bulloch County. April is Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia, and the ceremony was held to pay homage to a native son of Bulloch County.
      Private Hendrix enlisted in Savannah on July 4, 1862 and initially served in Capt. Robert Miller's Company of Partisan Rangers. Until early 1864, the hussars of Miller's Rangers were responsible for guarding the South Carolina coastline between Charleston and Georgetown.
      During the spring of 1864, Miller's Rangers (officially known as Company C of The 21st Battalion of Georgia Cavalry) became Company B of The Seventh Georgia Cavalry.
      In June 1864, Hendrix was captured at Trevilian Station, Virginia, and was incarcerated at Point Lookout, a Union prison in Maryland, for the remainder of the war.
      Although he managed to outlive the end of the war by 20 years, the circumstances of his death are unclear - he died in 1885 from a shotgun blast of undetermined origin near his Bulloch County home.
      More than 100 people attended Saturday's memorial service, which was organized and conducted by the Metter and Statesboro Camps of The Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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