“TAKING CARE OF CONFEDERATE GRAVES”
MS Division McGavock Cemetery Project Committee Appointed
In the spring of 1866, Col. John McGavock, seeing the deteriorating condition of the Confederate graves on the Franklin Tennessee Battlefield, set aside 2 acres of Carnton Plantation as the nation's largest private Confederate cemetery. The dead were reinterred here in order by states. In 1890, the wooden markers, which were inscribed with the names of the men, their companies and regiments, when known, were replaced with stone markers. Burial records were preserved by Col. McGavock’s wife, the former Carrie Winder. She and her husband maintained the cemetery for the balance of their lives.
The McGavock Confederate Cemetery Corporation maintains the graves of hundreds of Confederate Soldiers resting beneath the Tennessee soil, including 424 known Mississippians. Mississippi Units engaged in battle were assigned to the Army of Tennessee under the command of John B. Hood. Of the 23,000 Confederate soldiers who saw action 5,500 were wounded or missing and 1,750 killed, including six Generals, with Mississippi troops taking the brunt of the casualties.
Twelve sections in the cemetery hold the remains of 1,256 soldiers representing the Confederate states for which they fought. Despite efforts to restore the limestone headstones, age is taking its toll and many of the stones are not legible. The Trustees have voted to place a new 6x6-inch granite stone in front of each of the old limestone markers. These stones will contain the same information that is on the current markers.
The plans are to install the new stones in the order of state placement in the cemetery. Tennessee is complete with Alabama waiting in the wings.
The MS Division McGavock Cemetery Project Committee wishes to honor the memory of Mississippians who fell in the service of the Confederacy at the Battle of Franklin and to protect and preserve this place made historic by their valor. Simply put, the mission is to follow in the footsteps of wives, widows, and mothers of the past who worked diligently to “take care of Confederate Graves."
Serving on the committee appointed by MS Division President Patricia C. Parrish are Committee Chairman Ruth Allbritton, Susan Dunn, Linda McKinney, and Celeste Young. The goal of this project is to raise funds to replace the deteriorated markers for $23.50 each. There is a database of Mississippi Soldiers buried at McGavock, a sponsorship form for donations, and plans for fund raising events and methods for making donations. Please be ready to participate individually or as a Chapter.
The database was researched, created, and input by McGavock Cemetery Committee member Susan Dunn. Please contact Susan regarding any questions about the database by clicking HERE.
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McGavock Cemetery database updated 9/16/2017.