Private William Perry Seymour's gravesite at Tweed.
Private William Perry Seymour's gravesite at Tweed.

Tweed pioneer to be remembered

A MAN who served in the American Civil War and became a pioneer of the Tweed Heads district will be remembered tomorrow.

Private William Perry Seymour fought for the Union Army during the Civil War.

While there is limited recognition of the United States’ Memorial Day within Australia, the American Civil War Round Table of Queensland will conduct a dedication and memorial service at Pte Seymour’s gravesite at the Old Tweed Heads Cemetery on Adel- aide Street tomorrow.

He is one of about 200 soldiers who have been traced to Australia and New Zealand.

Before being taken as a prisoner of war, Pte Seymour was at the Battle of Shiloh, also known as the Battle of Pittsburgh.

This was one of the bloodiest battles of the war.

Tomorrow’s service will involve a troop of soldiers in Civil War uniform marching to the gravesite in the manner of the period. A eulogy will be read of Pte Seymour’s army service.

The tribute, starting at 2pm, will conclude with the firing of a salute from 1860s-model muskets.

The public is welcome.



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