At eye level, with stones facing towards the Old Natchez Trace are the graves of thirteen Unknown Confederate Soldiers. Placed so that anyone passing by could see and pay their respects to these thirteen men, this is the most moving location along the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway.
It is a mystery how these thirteen Confederate soldiers came to be buried alongside The Trace. No battles took place near here. Could they have been wounded during the Shiloh or Corinth Battles and retreated along the trace; or possibly, guarding the Tupelo headquarters of J.B. Hood’s Army of Tennessee at the end of the Civil War? Or worse, did they die of starvation or one of the many diseases that raged through the army camps while trying to make their way home after the war? We will never know.
The thirteen graves are located at milepost #269.4 just north of Tupelo, Mississippi.
Copyright 2019 Susan Rissi Tregoning
May 1st, 2019
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