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One of my highlights every year is to attend the annual McGavock Confederate Cemetery Memorial Service, hosted by the United Daughter’s of the Confederacy, Franklin Chapter #14, at Carnton. Boy Scout Troop #137 will install a Confederate flag next to each of the 1,500 markers in the cemetery. The Boy Scouts have been doing this for 30+ years according to John Green, Commander.
The event kicks off at 2pm, rain or shine. There is always a guest speaker, Confederate re-enactors, and a babgpipe presentation.
Here is a link to last year’s service with a photo gallery.
I’ve blogged many times about the McGavock Confederate Cemtery. I’ve taken thousands of pictures over the years too. I wish I could have walked the rows of McGavock in 1866 to see what the cemetery looked like. No doubt, there were many wooden markers – like the Nix marker from Stone’s River – with the names of the soldiers scribbled for posterity.
Today, about half of the Confederates buried at McGavock are forever unknown to the ages. Certainly not forgotten, but sadly unknown. There were 225 soldiers placed in an Unknown section. Not even their ‘State identity’ is even known.
Another 333 unknowns are spread out in respective State sections throughout the cemetery, their State identity known, but not their names. So, of the total of 1,481 Confederate soldiers buried here, 780 are identified positively. Another 143 graves have some sort of identification, genuine or otherwise.
Loring’s Division (Lt. Gen. A.P. Stewart’s Corps) lost (killed) 334 men at Franklin. Gen Scott lost 126. Featherston lost 68, and Adams lost 43.
Featherston’s Brigade consisted of:
- 1st Battalion, Mississippi Sharpshooters ( 0 killed )
- 1st MS Infantry ( 6 killed)
- 3rd MS ( 14 killed )
- 22nd MS ( 8 killed )
- 31st MS ( 21 killed)
- 33rd MS ( 10 killed )
- 40th MS ( 9 killed )
Jim Drury, Pipe Major, TN Scots Pipe Band plays Amazing Grace at the 2011 McGavock Confederate Cemetery Memorial service.
It was a very hot and windy day. The 46th TN reenacctors fired the salute.