This marker is inscribed with the simple phrase, “gone but not forgotten”. When the almost 1,500 Confederate soldiers were originally interred in McGavock cemetery after the Battle of Franklin (December 1864), almost all of them were identified by temporary markers. Since then we only know the identity of 780 soldiers. Some 558 men are now officially unknown.
This blog is dedicated to all the Confederate soldiers who fell at Franklin in 1864. We are not interested in resurrecting the ‘Lost Cause’ and we don’t approach the Civil War as Neo-Confederates. Rather, by honoring and respecting the lives of the Confederate dead at McGavock, we are saying that our nation continues to heal from the breach that severed North and South almost 150 years ago.
We particularly want to do all we can to remember those soldiers who are identified and buried at McGavock. “Gone but not forgotten.”