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Military veterans’ marker placed for Littleberry Leftwich

Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

Col. John Cunningham (Ret), former Lieutenants Kevin Cunningham, Frank Cunningham, Col. Gregg Cunningham (Ret), Ronnie Hatchett, Ethan Holt and Vann Cunningham visit the Littleberry Leftwich memorial marker at Charity Baptist Church Cemetery in Moore County. Not pictured: Mike and Zack Cunningham. (Photo Provided)

Col. John Cunningham (Ret), former Lieutenants Kevin Cunningham, Frank Cunningham, Col. Gregg Cunningham (Ret), Ronnie Hatchett, Ethan Holt and Vann Cunningham visit the Littleberry Leftwich memorial marker at Charity Baptist Church Cemetery in Moore County. Not pictured: Mike and Zack Cunningham. (Photo Provided)

A touching and historic event occurred on Nov. 29 at the original Charity Baptist Church Cemetery, located in Moore County. Some of the descendants of 1st Lt Littleberry Leftwich (1819-1902), assembled to honor and pay respect to the man who stood with his comrades and held the flank of the Confederate battle line at the battle of Chickamauga near Chattanooga.

The family obtained a military veterans’ marker stone and placed it in the cemetery where the original church was located and a large part of his immediate family is buried. 1s Lt Leftwich returned to Moore County after service and was instrumental in establishing the division of the area into civil districts. He continued his life as a farmer, business man, politician, and for a period, pastor of the Charity Baptist Church.

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