Southern Cross of Honor To Mississippi / Texas Cavalryman
Robert M. Cheek’s Southern Cross of Honor is period script engraved
Cheek enlisted at age 14 in the 1st Miss Partisan Rangers Cavalry and 7th Mississippi Cavalry, serving from 1861-65, became a POW and was paroled in 1865. He was a member of Tom Green Camp 72 in Abilene, Texas and died June 12, 1928. Cheek’s obituary is found in the 1928 Confederate Veteran. The obit relates that R.M. Cheek was born in Union County, Mississippi on July 18, 1847. At age 14 he ran away from home to join his father’s regiment, the 34th Mississippi Infantry, only to have his father send him home. He instead enlisted in Co. of the 7th Mississippi Cavalry and served with them for the remainder of the war including time as a POW. It also reads
“The UDC of Weatherford presented him with the Confederate Cross of Honor, which he wore with pride and carried as a treasure.”
Note that this is a Medallic Arts strike and originally had a screwpost but has been period modified to a pinback.
Confederate Veteran magazine
From find a grave on line