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St. Matthews' Caleb Glover awarded Southern Cross of Honor

St. Matthews' Caleb Glover awarded Southern Cross of Honor


Caleb Glover, an African-American who was awarded the Southern Cross of Honor by the Paul McMichael Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, played a pivotal role in the history of St. Matthews.

Glover was born around 1827 and died in 1920.

He was the manservant of Col. Olin Dantzler, a St. Matthews native who suffered a fatal battle wound on June 2, 1864, in Bermuda Hundred, Virginia during the Civil War.

Glover accompanied Dantzler to the battlefield during the Civil War and returned Dantzler’s body to St. Matthews for burial.

Glover also recovered and returned home the body of Col. Laurence Keitt of St. Matthews, who suffered a mortal wound during the Battle of Cold Harbor on June 1 and died near Richmond, Virginia on June 2, 1864.

Dantzler taught Glover how to read and write. To those in the Dantzler family and community, he was known as “Uncle Caleb.”

Charles G. Dantzler, the eldest of Col. Dantzler’s sons, took care of Glover until his death.

Those who knew Glover described him as truthful, reliable and one who never used bad language.

Glover’s grave is maintained by the Col. Olin M. Dantzler Camp 73 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

He’s buried in the Bethel AME Church cemetery.


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