06 January 2009

More on Confederate Graves

I recently wrote a post about the Southern Cross of Honor bestowed upon Confederate soldiers and how this honor can sometimes be seen on their gravestones to varying degrees. I also mentioned how service to the Confederacy was more commonly represented (or not) on soldiers' gravestones in my area. Most often, the birth and death of the soldier is given more importance on the stones than the Confederate service. In a recent trip to Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Talbot County, Georgia, I found this is not always the case.

In Oak Hill Cemetery, sometimes referred to as the Talbotton City Cemetery, the Confederate service of a soldier was many times given more importance than birth and death dates. Here are several examples of what I mean:

Hamilton Harvey
Doles Brigade

Edward Proctor
27th Ga Reg

Walter P. Watts
Co D
9 Ga Inf
C S A

Corp
Samuel B. Baldwin
Co A
4 Ga Inf
C. S. A.

Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori [It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country]
Erected by the Confederate Guards
In memory of their Captain,
Thomas S. Moyer
who fell in the battle
of the plains of
Manassas

J. G. Blount
Maj
Blount's Artillery

Maj. William Forbes
Surgeon
[The Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System suggests this is William H. Forbes of the 31st Ga Infantry Regiment]

Job Ellison
Co C
3rd Ga Cavalry

Southern Graves Home

4 comments:

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Most interesting article. I find a lot of stones with the soldier's rank and company, too, but more often than not, you may not even know they were in the Civil War.

Your photos and transcriptions were great.

S. Lincecum said...

Thanks, Judith!

J. Stephen Conn said...

Very interesting post. I've got several ancestors in Georgia and Alabama who were Confederate soldiers. Thanks for adding so many photos.

S. Lincecum said...

You are quite welcome, Mr. Conn! Thanks for the comment.

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