Thirteen Unknown Confederates

Thirteen Unknown Confederates (HM1LCO)

Location: Saltillo, MS 38866 Lee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 21.98', W 88° 40.456'

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Were they some of Shiloh's wounded who retreated here in 1862 to die beside the Natchez Trace? Did they serve under the daring General Nathan Forest who passed this way in 1864? Or were they guarding the Tupelo headquarters of J.B. Hood's Army of Tennessee near the end of the Civil War? We may never know.

Tradition holds that the unknown graves in front of you belong to Confederate soldiers who marched and camped along this stretch of the Old Trace. Perhaps they died of wounds, or the lingering hunger, poverty, and sickness in the army camps. Their simple grave markers face backwards—toward the Trace—so travelers might read and remember.

The original grave markers may have borne names, but they disappeared a long time ago. In 1940 Senator Theodore Bilbo arranged for marble headstones, but they were stolen. The National Park Service erected the headstones now in place.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 6:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 346043 N 3804045
Decimal Degrees34.36633333, -88.67426667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 21.98', W 88° 40.456'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 21' 58.8" N, 88° 40' 27.36" W
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Area Code(s)662
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Co Rd 821, Saltillo MS 38866, US
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