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LaFayette in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Confederate Square

"Lest We Forget"

Confederate Square Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, March 27, 2022
1. Confederate Square Marker
Inscription.  Dedicated in proud and loving memory
to the Confederate soldiers who gave their lives on June 24, 1864 during the Battle of Lafayette, 15 of whom share a common grave at this site.

Mr. Cyrus Edwards who fought in the battle on the Union side, writes the author under the date of April 25, 1932, as follows: "I was detailed to head a party to clear the street after the fight was over. We picked up the dead and laid them in rows on the side of the street - leaving the best shaded places for the wounded, who were many, and were as soon as possible moved into buildings.

"The prisoners, except those wounded were sent at once to Chattanooga and the wounded sent there as soon as it could be done. Several old men came from the country and sccured permission to remove a few of the dead whom they recognized, for burial among their friends I saw no more of the dead, being busy elsewhere, until just as the last of them were being placed in the burial ditch."

Judge W. M. Henry, in an old issue of the Walker County Messenger, relates in a most interesting manner, his experiences of that frightful day. He says among
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other things: "The Presbyterian church, then having an enclosed front yard, had been converted into a field hospital. Where the Federal dead were laid I do not know. But inside the three sides of the church yard fence, each with his head to the fence, and with something thrown over his face, lay the Confederate dead numbering as I remember it, a few more than twenty."

Miss Orpha Center relates the following story: "the Yankee soldiers passed her home carrying the dead Confederate soldiers to the cemetery for burial. They were playing a funeral dirge and were very respectful and solemn. Her brother, Doc, a mere lad at that time, followed them and saw a large grave where he says they buried 15 in one place, all together in one grave."

Known Confederate Soldiers killed at the Battle of LaFayette Square:

16th Confederate Cavalry
12th Mississippi:

Pvt. R.B. Bryan, Co. D
Pvt. James M. Bryant, Co. H
Pvt. Robert, W. Cowley, Co. C
Pvt. E.S. Culpepper, Co. K
Sgt: R.A. Evans, Co. K
Pvt. Thomas Foster, Co. E
Pvt. William Gibson, Co. C
IsrSgt. Henry Holt, Co. K
Pvt. William F. McGee, Co. E
Corp. John Q. Robbins, Co. A
Pvt. Henry Stanton, Co. A

8th Alabama Cavalry:

1st Lt. S. S. Johnson, Co. F
Maj. Richard. H. Redwood

Lewis' Battalion Alabama
Confederate Square Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, March 27, 2022
2. Confederate Square Marker

Maj. Thomas Hall Lewis

12th Tennessee Cavalry:

Adj. R. B. Bone, Co. B
OS. John T. Densford, Co. B
Pvt. H. C. Kemp, Co. B, K

14th Tennessee Cavalry:

Pvt. William C. Lewis

15th Tennessee Cavalry:

Erected by John B Gordon Camp 599 Sons of Confederate Vererans.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is June 24, 1864.
Location. 34° 42.463′ N, 85° 16.716′ W. Marker is in LaFayette, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Shaw Street North north of Charles Henry Circle, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 Shaw St N, La Fayette GA 30728, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lynching of Henry White / Racial Injustice in America (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chattooga Academy (about 700 feet away); John B. Gordon Hall (about 700 feet away); Chattooga Academy - John B. Gordon Hall (about 700 feet away); The Marsh House (about 700 feet away); Bragg's Headquarters Shell Monument (about 800 feet away); The Battle of LaFayette (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Army of Tennessee (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LaFayette.
Unknown soldiers marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, March 27, 2022
3. Unknown soldiers marker
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2022, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2022, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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May. 28, 2023