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When I was in Natchez last week, I visited the city cemetery. My first visit was very short and pointless as I had no clue who was buried there. I hadn't bothered looking it up before going. :redface: I luckily found a little leaflet at my B&B with this helpful map:

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So before leaving Natchez again, knowing I'd regret it if I didn't, I went back before sunrise, driving into the cemetery the moment it opened at 7 a.m. :laugh: Here's the graves I found:

#46 - James Hopkins
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not numbered on the map, close to #42
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#42 - Major-General William T. Martin
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#43 - Brigadier-General Zebulon York. I took a pic from further away but then you couldn't read the inscription anymore, which is why you get the close-up. :smile:
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The following are not numbered on the map. I found them in plots 2 and 3 around #37, #38 and #39. Unless it was obvious from the typical pointy CSA headstone, they had CSA markers in front of them.
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#19 - James Lambert
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#21 - MoH recipient August Doerle
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#31 - Lyman Aldrich in the Aldrich family tomb
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#5 - Brigadier-General Thomas Dockery
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I was unable to find the graves of Brigadier-General Charles Dahlgren (#15) and US/CS Navy officer William S. Lovell (#39). I'm rather disappointed at not having located the latter for I stood in the Lovell plot but none of the stones carried his name or had a marker in front of it. (Or the early morning fog made me blind...)
 
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@luinrina Those are nice pictures. Love a foggy morning in an old cemetery. :smile coffee: You found some that I ran out of daylight looking for during my visit there last year. As you mentioned, having a map is a must at that Cemetery. Even then,some of the graves are still hard to find. I already had a return visit on my list. Your pics mighta bumped it a little higher up and it is so close to Port Gibson too. 🙂
 
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US/CS Navy officer William S. Lovell (#39). I'm rather disappointed at not having located the latter for I stood in the Lovell plot but none of the stones carried his name or had a marker in front of it. (Or the early morning fog made me blind...)
I had the same map you had and in the waning hour of daylight I had when I got there,that is one of the few individual gravesites I found. I went to the 2 Confederate burial sections and the Turning Angel first before I started looking for individual gravesites:

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I hadn't even noticed that, thanks for pointing that out. What I wondered was why there was a US flag instead of a Confederate flag...

I also found Mexican war veteran General John Quitman (#38).
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Great pics!

Quitman was also Governor of Mississippi and even made plans to even invade Cuba!

He died of the mysterious “National Hotel Disease” after attending Buchanan’s inauguration.

Here is an old thread on the disease he contracted:

 

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When I was in Natchez last week, I visited the city cemetery. My first visit was very short and pointless as I had no clue who was buried there. I hadn't bothered looking it up before going. :redface: I luckily found a little leaflet at my B&B with this helpful map:

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So before leaving Natchez again, knowing I'd regret it if I didn't, I went back before sunrise, driving into the cemetery the moment it opened at 7 a.m. :laugh: Here's the graves I found:

#46 - James Hopkins
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not numbered on the map, close to #42
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#42 - Major-General William T. Martin
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#43 - Brigadier-General Zebulon York. I took a pic from further away but then you couldn't read the inscription anymore, which is why you get the close-up. :smile:
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The following are not numbered on the map. I found them in plots 2 and 3 around #37, #38 and #39. Unless it was obvious from the typical pointy CSA headstone, they had CSA markers in front of them.
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#19 - James Lambert
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#21 - MoH recipient August Doerle
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#31 - Lyman Aldrich in the Aldrich family tomb
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#5 - Brigadier-General Thomas Dockery
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I was unable to find the graves of Brigadier-General Charles Dahlgren (#15) and US/CS Navy officer William S. Lovell (#39). I'm rather disappointed at not having located the latter for I stood in the Lovell plot but none of the stones carried his name or had a marker in front of it. (Or the early morning fog made me blind...)
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Your images are amazing, Lu! I really am impressed with the way you captured not just the gravestones, but the atmosphere.

Thank you so much for sharing them. You are definitely an inspiring travel forum host. And a very intrepid adventurer!

I'm interested in the MOH recipient, which looks like 1st Louisiana Cavalry Co B, and I'm assuming you had names to work with as you went on your tour of discovery. Maybe you have some more information on him.

And Zebulon has always been a standout name in my mind from the time I discovered it. Once again, great share.
 
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Thank you, everyone!

I'm interested in the MOH recipient, which looks like 1st Louisiana Cavalry Co B, and I'm assuming you had names to work with as you went on your tour of discovery. Maybe you have some more information on him.
Unfortunately no, I would have to look him up first. I just grabbed that leaflet, went through its list of names and marked everyone with a connection to the Civil War to know where to go and look for graves.

Did you spot the "Turning Angel" in the cemetery?
No. I didn't go look for it, just the marked graves on the map. Next visit. :smile:
 
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Awesome thread!!!

Feel free to add anything to this thread....


I had the opportunity to visit the 13 unknown Confederate soldiers graves just off the Natchez Trace National Parkway just outside of Tupelo, Mississippi.

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Awesome thread!!!

Feel free to anything to this thread....


I had the opportunity to visit the 13 unknown Confederate soldiers graves just off the Natchez Trace National Parkway just outside of Tupelo, Mississippi.

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Those are wonderful images @Buckeye Bill . I find the first one especially confronting with the open graves preparing for burial. And the second two images are very poignant, too. I'm definitely adding this to my list on a trip to the 'Sip!
 
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When I was in Natchez last week, I visited the city cemetery. My first visit was very short and pointless as I had no clue who was buried there. I hadn't bothered looking it up before going. :redface: I luckily found a little leaflet at my B&B with this helpful map:

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So before leaving Natchez again, knowing I'd regret it if I didn't, I went back before sunrise, driving into the cemetery the moment it opened at 7 a.m. :laugh: Here's the graves I found:

#46 - James Hopkins
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not numbered on the map, close to #42
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#42 - Major-General William T. Martin
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#43 - Brigadier-General Zebulon York. I took a pic from further away but then you couldn't read the inscription anymore, which is why you get the close-up. :smile:
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The following are not numbered on the map. I found them in plots 2 and 3 around #37, #38 and #39. Unless it was obvious from the typical pointy CSA headstone, they had CSA markers in front of them.
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#19 - James Lambert
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#21 - MoH recipient August Doerle
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#31 - Lyman Aldrich in the Aldrich family tomb
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#5 - Brigadier-General Thomas Dockery
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I was unable to find the graves of Brigadier-General Charles Dahlgren (#15) and US/CS Navy officer William S. Lovell (#39). I'm rather disappointed at not having located the latter for I stood in the Lovell plot but none of the stones carried his name or had a marker in front of it. (Or the early morning fog made me blind...)
Nice pictures'=Did or not Natchez surrender to the Union forces without any attempt at defence ? Is this why for so long the city was branded as a city of treason to the Confederacy? This is understable considering the cities which did endure as with Atlanta,and Vicksburg.Did Tallahassee,Fl, resist or just also surrender since it was the last capital city to be taken? I failed to mention New Orleans,the first major city to fail to the Feds,was it not fought over by the Union Navy?
 
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