Clarkesville boy scout leads grave restoration for War of 1812 veteran

Clarkesville BSA Troop No. 5 member Mitchell McGahee has completed the restoration of a grave at the Old Clarkesville Cemetery. The Eagle Scout project for McGahee has aided the mission of the cemetery to restore and preserve this historic landmark. 
With the help of fellow scouts and scoutmasters, McGahee disassembled the grave of Matthew Rhodes, a veteran of the War of 1812. The stacked stone structure was then reassembled and replanted. 
“We are proud of Mitchell’s commitment to preserving history for his Eagle Scout project,” said E. Lane Gresham, chair of the Historic Clarkesville Cemetery Preservation, Inc. “His entire family and the scout troop have been invested in the cemetery for several years. We are grateful for all the help provided by this community-minded group.” 
Matthew Rhodes was once noted as a veteran of the Revolutionary War. 
Recent research has confirmed Rhodes was a veteran of the War of 1812. The National Society United States Daughters of 1812, General John Baytop Scott Chapter, will rededicate the grave of Matthew Rhodes at 3 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2022. The community is invited to attend. 
For more information about the Old Clarkesville Cemetery, visit

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