The Colorado Division of The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) will dedicate the headstones of
two Confederate Veterans buried at Bear Cañon Cemetery in Sedalia as part of its Confederate
Memorial Day Service on Saturday 20 April at 11:00 AM. The headstone dedications will be for Cpt.
Robert L. Brooking who served in the 3
rd Infantry Regiment, 8th Division of the Missouri State Guard
and Pvt. George Nickson who served in Co. K of the 11
th Alabama Infantry Regiment.
Confederate Veterans played an important role in the history of Colorado. Two Colorado Governors
were Confederate Veterans; James B. Grant, the third Governor of Colorado served in the 20
Alabama Light Artillery Battalion and Charles S. Thomas, the eleventh Governor of Colorado served
in the Georgia State Militia. Georgia Confederate Veterans William and Joseph Russell discovered
the gold on Little Dry Creek along the Platte River that began the “Pikes Peak or Bust” gold rush. The
brothers founded the town of Auraria on Cherry Creek which became the first permanent settlement
of what would later become Denver.
Jefferson Davis SCV Camp 175 of Colorado Springs would like to thank Mr. Dick Newcomb and Mr.
Bill Paulick of Bear Cañon Cemetery for their help getting these headstones ordered and put in place.
The SCV is a strictly patriotic, historical, educational, fraternal, benevolent, non-political, non-racial
and non-sectarian organization, as stated in its Constitution. It neither embraces, nor espouses acts
or ideologies of racial and religious bigotry, and further, condemns the misuse of its symbols and
flags in the conduct of same.