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Near Nancy in Pulaski County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Confederate Dead

Mill Springs Battlefield

 

National Historic Landmark

 
Confederate Dead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
1. Confederate Dead Marker
Inscription.  After the battle, Union soldiers hastily buried the dead. They interred many of the Confederates in shallow mass graves near where they fell. Some graves were so shallow that the bodies began surfacing just days afterward. With the army gone, local men faced the gruesome task of reburial. Cold weather and bodies frozen to the ground made the horrible task even more difficult. They reinterred the remains here, at what is now Zollicoffer Park. It is thought that many of the Confederate soldiers killed in the January 19, 1862, Battle of Mill Springs lie in the mound to your left and rear.

The United Confederate Veterans placed a memorial marker on the mass grave in 1910. The stone lists no names. In the 1990s, Geoffrey Walden used unit rosters and battle reports to identify over 140 Confederate soldiers who died here. On May 26, 1997, these headstones erected in memory of the fallen Confederate soldiers were dedicated. They do not mark individual graves, but serve as a memorial to the Confederates killed or mortally wounded at the Battle of Mill Springs.

Although the Confederate dead do not lie in neat rows, their remains are here.

Mass grave memorial marker in foreground, marker in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
2. Mass grave memorial marker in foreground, marker in background.
The headstones are arranged by regiment in the order in which they marched into battle.

Left photo: The dedication of the Zollicoffer Monument in 1910. The United Confederate Veterans erected the monument the same year that they marked the Confederate mass grave.
 
Erected 2014 by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 37° 3.323′ N, 84° 44.343′ W. Marker is near Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker is on Kentucky Route 235 0.1 miles south of Route 761, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nancy KY 42544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dawn of Battle (here, next to this marker); Confederate Mass Grave Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Gen'l Felix K. Zollicoffer (within shouting distance of this marker); Mill Springs Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); A Fatal Mistake (within shouting distance of this marker); Felix K. Zollicoffer, "Zollie Tree" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Zollie Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Victory! (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaces the marker Confederate Mass Grave
 
Categories.

List of Confederate dead. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
3. List of Confederate dead.
Cemeteries & Burial SitesLandmarksWar, US Civil
 
Marker is at the Mill Springs Battlefield Tour Stop # 2. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
4. Marker is at the Mill Springs Battlefield Tour Stop # 2.
The Zollicoffer Monument mentioned in text. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 12, 2019
5. The Zollicoffer Monument mentioned in text.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 96 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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