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

Old Campground Cemetery

 
 
Old Campground Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 13, 2013
1. Old Campground Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Founded Circa 1820 as a meeting place for circuit riding ministers, Old Campground added a cemetery in 1853. It contains some of the oldest graves in Toombs County. There are three Confederate veterans buried here, including Lt. Gordon K. Fort, 24th Bn. Georgia Cavalry one of the “Immortal 600.”

During the War for Southern Independence, (1861-1865), the U. S. Army selected 600 captured Confederate officers, including Lt. Fort, for retaliation against the South. In one of the most heinous acts of vengeance in American history, they were starved, maltreated, and used as human shields. Because of their courage and perseverance, they became known as the “Immortal 600.” Also buried here are Lt. Robert Stripling, 61st Regt. and Pvt. Benjamin Stripling of the 47th Regt. Georgia Infantry, CSA.

The cemetery is 1/4 mile south of this location.
 
Erected by Gen. Robert A. Toombs Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 
Location. 31° 58.167′ N, 82° 16.45′ W. Marker is in Lyons, Georgia, in Toombs County. Marker is on Providence Church Road 0.1 miles south of Laura Dixon Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lyons GA 30436, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Old Campground Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 13, 2013
2. Old Campground Cemetery Marker
This view looks east on Providence Church Road
At least 2 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Shiloh Cemetery (approx. 12.8 miles away); Pulitzer Prize Winner Caroline Pafford Miller (approx. 13.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Old Campground Cemetery Marker and Road to Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 13, 2013
3. Old Campground Cemetery Marker and Road to Cemetery
This private road, almost impassible in poor weather without four-wheel drive, leads about 1/4 mile south to the cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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