Near Saltillo in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Thirteen Unknown Confederates
Tradition holds that the unknown graves in front of you belong to Confederate soldiers who marched and camped along this stretch of the Old Trace. Perhaps they died of wounds, or the lingering hunger, poverty, and sickness in the army camps. Their simple grave markers face backwards—toward the Trace—so travelers might read and remember.
The original grave markers may have borne names, but they disappeared a long time ago. In 1940 Senator Theodore Bilbo arranged for marble headstones, but they were stolen. The National Park Service erected the headstones now in place.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 34° 21.98′ N, 88° 40.456′ W. Marker is near Saltillo, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 269.4), 1.2 miles south of Mississippi Highway 363. Touch for map. Marker is a short walk from the Old Trace turnout
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Trace (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Town Creek (approx. 5.2 miles away); Natchez Trace at Lee County (approx. 5.2 miles away); Tupelo Campaign: Old Town Creek, July 15 (approx. 5˝ miles away); Tupelo Campaign: Harrisburg July 14 (approx. 5˝ miles away); Tupelo Campaign: Pontotoc Road, July 13 (approx. 5˝ miles away); Dogwood Valley (approx. 5.6 miles away); Carver School / Desegregation of Schools Across the South (approx. 6.9 miles away).
Also see . . . Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 27, 2015.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 27, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.