Mississippi McGavock Confederate Cemetery Project Completed!
The Mississippi McGavock Confederate Cemetery Project ended on December 31, 2017. All 424 Mississippi grave marker were adopted! Committee members wish to thank each of you for your kind remembrances and support. Our Mississippi Confederates in McGavock Confederate Cemetery have not and will not be forgotten.
"TAKING CARE OF CONFEDERATE GRAVES"
McGAVOCK CONFEDERATE CEMETERY
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. Despite efforts to restore the limestone headstones, age is taking its toll and many of the stones are not legible. The Trustees 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 plan was to install the new stones at a cost of $23.50 each in the order of state placement in the cemetery.
The MS Division McGavock Cemetery Project Committee was created. Their goal was to honor the memory of Mississippians who fell in the service of the Confederacy at the Battle of Franklin and fund the replacement of all 424 stones. A cemetery database of Mississippi Confederates buried at McGavock was carefully researched and set up, and adoptions were begun. Simply put, the mission was to follow in the footsteps of wives, widows, and mothers of the past who worked diligently to “take care of Confederate Graves."
MS Division McGavock Cemetery Project Committee
Patricia C. Parrish, MS Division President
Ruth Allbritton, Chairman
Susan Dunn, Database
Celeste Young, Public Relations
Lynda McKinney, Fundraising
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McGavock Cemetery database FINAL update 1-5-2018.