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Vidalia in Toombs County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Unknown Confederate Graves

 
 
Unknown Confederate Graves Marker (<i>side 1</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 9, 2021
1. Unknown Confederate Graves Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  
"As fighting intensified in central Georgia during the summer of 1864, caravans of wagons evacuated sick and wounded Confederate soldiers from Macon’s overcrowded Ocmulgee Hospital. Caravans coming down the Old Savannah Road stopped at this cemetery and buried soldiers who had died en route to hospitals further south.

Headquartered at Mt. Vernon in January 1865, Confederate Brig. Gen. Samuel W. Ferguson and over 1000 cavalrymen from Alabama and Miss. conducted patrols and skirmishes with casualties in this area. None of these Unknowns are believed to be local men."

"Ferguson's Brigade later served as personal escort to Jefferson Davis during his retreat from Virginia to Georgia. In April 1865, the Fourth Michigan Cavalry patrolled this area north of the Altamaha River, but failed to capture members of the Confederate Cabinet who crossed the river and escaped to Florida and Cuba.

After the War, the United Confederate Veterans decorated these Unknowns with metal UCV crosses, though many crosses have been lost to time. The exact number of soldiers buried here, and their identities, are now known but to GOD."

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in observance of the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States, 2011-2015.

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
 
Location. 32° 12.969′ N, 82° 24.876′ W. Marker is in Vidalia, Georgia, in Toombs County. Marker can be reached from Church Street just south of East 2nd Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located amongst unknown Confederate graves in the Old Vidalia Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vidalia GA 30474, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (here, next to this marker); McMillan Burial Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Peterson-Wilbanks House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Minenwerfer (approx. 0.3 miles away); Erected by Works Progress Administration (approx. 0.3 miles away); Paul Anderson (approx. 1.4 miles away); Home of the Vidalia Sweet Onion (approx. 3.1 miles away); Toombs County (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vidalia.
 
Unknown Confederate Graves Marker (<i>side 2</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 9, 2021
2. Unknown Confederate Graves Marker (side 2)
Unknown Confederate Graves Marker (<i>side 1</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 9, 2021
3. Unknown Confederate Graves Marker (side 1)
(looking west • unidentified Confederate graves in foreground • some have metal UCV crosses)
Unknown Confederate Graves Marker (<i>side 2</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 9, 2021
4. Unknown Confederate Graves Marker (side 2)
(looking east)
Unknown Confederate Grave image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 9, 2021
5. Unknown Confederate Grave
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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