Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Among those buried here is Robert James Campbell Gailbreath (1829–1863), a Jackson County native, attorney, and state representative (1855–1857). Gailbreath enlisted in 1861 as a private in Co. K, 8th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. He wrote his family on July 27, 1861, “I cannot say now, my Dear Family, when I will see you again, if ever, but should it be the will of God to cut me off from you, rest assured that you shall never be disgraced by any Conduct on my part in this War, for you and my Country.” He was elected second lieutenant in December, but resigned in May 1862, returned to Jackson County, organized Co. E, Murray’s 4th Tennessee Cavalry, and was elected its captain.
Gailbreath and his unit, part of Gen. John A. Wharton’s cavalry brigade, camped near Nolensville late in 1862. Gailbreath wrote on December 18, “I have no idea when the big fight will come, but we look for it soon, which will decide the fate of Tennessee this winter.” The “big fight” was the Battle of Stones River, where on December 31 Gailbreath was wounded and captured. Surgeons amputated Galbreath’s right arm in Thomas Hord’s
Robert J. C. Gailbreath Courtesy Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #33, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Battle of Stones River - Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans, and the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 51.076′ N, 86° 22.856′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is at the intersection of Greenland Drive and North University Street, on the right when traveling west on Greenland Drive. Touch for map. Located in Evergreen Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Murfreesboro TN 37130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Confederate Circle at Evergreen (a few steps from this marker); Agriculture and Gardening (approx. 0.3 miles away); Forrest’s Murfreesboro Raid (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Civil War (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wetland Plants and Animals (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oaklands Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Oaklands Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Maney Family (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
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