The Buck Hurtt Scholarship Award
Given by the General Longstreet Camp # 1247, Sons of Confederate Veterans

The Buck Hurtt Scholarship Award is a one time financial  grant  awarded
annually  to  the  outstanding  senior history student, as chosen by the
history faculty, at Douglas S.  Freeman High School of  Henrico  County.
The  purpose  of  the  award  is to assist the recipient with first year
college expenses.                                                       

Longstreet Camp Commander Charles E.  "Chuck" Walton, Jr.  presented the
first  award  in  June  2003.  Chuck died suddenly and unexpectedly of a
heart attack one month later.  The Camp decided then to name  the  award
after  Chuck's Confederate ancestor William H.  "Buck" Hurtt, a farm boy
of King and Queen County, Virginia.                                     

Buck Hurtt enlisted as a private in Company C,  26th  Virginia  Infantry
Regiment  of the Army of the Confederate States of America at Gloucester
Point, Virginia, July 20, 1861.  He transferred to Company G of the same
regiment 13 August 1863.                                                

Buck Hurtt and a number of his fellow soldiers were captured at Jordan's
Farm, near Petersburg, 15 July 1864.  He was taken first to the prisoner
of  war  camp  at Point Lookout, Maryland and later to a similar camp at
Elmira, New York.  Both camps were  notorious  for  harsh  treatment  of
prisoners  and  for  terrible living conditions.  Buck died at Elmira 14
March 1865, only three weeks before General Robert E.   Lee  surrendered
his  Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox, effectively ending the War
Between the States.                                                     

Buck is buried in grave # 2382 at Woodlawn  National  Cemetery,  Elmira.
The Confederate flag flies every day over the Confederate section of the

Buck's surname is spelled  with  one  "t"  in  contemporary  Confederate
records.   However, Chuck Walton told us that his mother spelled it with
two "t's", and he wasn't about to contradict his mother!                

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