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Near Saltillo in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Thirteen Unknown Confederates

 
 
Thirteen Unknown Confederates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
1. Thirteen Unknown Confederates Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 21.98′ N, 88° 40.456′ W. Marker is near Saltillo, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 269.4), 1.2 miles south of Mississippi Highway 363. Click for map. Marker is a short walk from the Old Trace turnout
Marker near the Grave Sites image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
2. Marker near the Grave Sites
on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Saltillo MS 38866, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Trace (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Town Creek (approx. 5.2 miles away); Natchez Trace at Lee County (approx. 5.2 miles away); Dogwood Valley (approx. 5.6 miles away); Chickasaw Village Site (approx. 7.2 miles away); Birthplace of Elvis Presley (approx. 7.4 miles away); Elvis Presley and the Blues (approx. 7.4 miles away); Elvis Presley's Childhood Church (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 27, 2015.) 
 
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Grave Sites of 13 Unknown Confederates image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
3. Grave Sites of 13 Unknown Confederates
Headstone of an Unknown Confederate<br>Buried at the Site image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
4. Headstone of an Unknown Confederate
Buried at the Site
Grave Sites of 13 Unknown Confederates near Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
5. Grave Sites of 13 Unknown Confederates near Marker
The Old Trace next to the Grave Sites image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
6. The Old Trace next to the Grave Sites
Old Trace Leading to Thirteen Unknown Confederates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
7. Old Trace Leading to Thirteen Unknown Confederates Marker
Path to Thirteen Unknown Confederates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
8. Path to Thirteen Unknown Confederates Marker
Path starts next to the Old Trace marker at the turnout
View to Northeast Along<br>the Natchez Trace Parkway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
9. View to Northeast Along
the Natchez Trace Parkway
Path to marker at turnout on left side of Parkway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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