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Bear Creek in Marion County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Factory Cemetery

 
 
Factory Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Touring Marion County, Alabama, 2016
1. Factory Cemetery Marker
Inscription.
Circa 1850
First Dated Stone 1877

 
Erected by Winston County Grays Camp 1788 and Order of Confederate Rose Chapter 18.
 
Location. 34° 16.902′ N, 87° 43.313′ W. Marker is in Bear Creek, Alabama, in Marion County. Marker can be reached from Highway 172/241 0.1 miles north of Elliot Drive. Click for map. About 0.1 mi from Elliot Drive traveling north, turn onto an unpaved road. The cemetery is about 0.1 mi on the left. Marker is in this post office area: Bear Creek AL 35543, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Haleyville, Alabama (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Honorable Frank Minis Johnson, Jr. (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The cemetery is unfenced and recently (May 2016) maintained by the SCV Winston County Grays Camp 1788.
 
Regarding Factory Cemetery. The gravestone for Second Lieut. David W. Alexander mentions that he belonged to the 16th Alabama Infantry. This regiment, assembled at Courtland, Alabama, in August, 1861, contained men from Russell, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Franklin, Cherokee, and Marion
Factory Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Touring Marion County, Alabama, May 1, 2016
2. Factory Cemetery Marker
The area was initially known as Allen's Factory due to a cotton processing factory here. It was burned in the latter years of the Civil War and rebuilt.
counties. The unit was ordered to Tennessee, then Kentucky where it fought at Fishing Creek under General Zollicoffer. Later it was assigned to General Wood's, Lowrey's, and Shelley's Brigade. After taking part in the Battle of Shiloh and Perryville, the 16th participated in the campaigns of the Army of Tennessee from Murfreesboro to Atlanta, moved with Hood to Tennessee, then saw action in North Carolina. In September, 1861, the regiment totalled 867 effectives. It sustained 168 casualties at Murfreesboro, and lost fifty-nine percent of the 414 engaged at Chickamauga. During December, 1863, there were 302 present for duty and 202 arms. It lost 150 killed and wounded at Jonesboro and half of its remaining force were disabled at Franklin and Nashville. On April 26, 1865, about 50 officers and men surrendered. Its commanding officers were Colonels Frederick A. Ashford, A.H. Helvenston, and William B. Wood; and Lieutenant Colonels John W. Harris, Joseph J. May, and John H. McGaughy. (Battle Unit Details, National Park Service, 2016).
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Factory Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Touring Marion County, Alabama, 2016
3. Factory Cemetery Marker
2nd Lieut David W. Alexander gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Touring Marion County, Alabama, May 1, 2016
4. 2nd Lieut David W. Alexander gravestone
Co. F
16 Ala Inf
CSA
Feb 1 1840
Mar 7 1882
 
 
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