May 24, 2011
The grave of William E. “Bear Bill” Harvey has been in Steamboat Springs Cemetery for nearly a century. After a recent discovery of his possible history as a Confederate States of America soldier during the Civil War, local veterans plan to place a Confederate flag on his grave during Memorial Day remembrances this week. The idea drew strong disapproval from the Colorado Springs chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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The Memorial Day plan, intended to honor a veteran, draws rebuke
Local veterans plan to place a Confederate flag this week, for the first time, on the grave of a veteran buried at Steamboat Springs Cemetery. William Harvey was a rancher near Pleasant Valley and Sidney and a pioneer of Bear River Valley. Little else is known about the man, but a new history indicates he was also a Confederate soldier.