13 Unknown Confederate Soldiers - Natchez Trace by Debra Martz
Mile Marker 269 on the Natchez Trace in Mississippi:
Much of the Old Trace had been abandoned by the start of the Civil War. However, the war did leave its mark on the Trace as it did upon the rest of the South. The soldiers marched, camped and fought along portions of this historic old road. A 5 minute walk on the Old Trace here takes you to the gravesites of 13 unknown Confederate soldiers, a silent reminder of bygone days and of the great struggle of this nation.
"Thirteen graves of unknown Confederate
soldiers lie in a long line overlooking a
preserved section of the original Natchez
The graves are an unusual site along the
Natchez Trace. Most of the historic roadway
had been abandoned by the time of the Civil
War, but the section passing the little burial
plot was evidently used by soldiers marching
through Northeast Mississippi.
The trail leading to the graves passes
through a deeply worn section of the original
trace. It is one of a number of places along
the parkway where visitors can walk the
original route of the original road. Here it was
worn deep by the passage of people and
The original markers for the graves had all
but disappeared by 1940, when Senator
Theodore Bilbo arranged for marble stones
to be placed on the graves. These, in turn,
were stolen and were replaced with the
current markers by the National Park Service."
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November 30th, 2015
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