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Vaiden's Confederate Cemetery Section
The muffled drum's sad roll has
beat, the soldier's last tattoo;
No more on life's parade shall meet, the brave and daring few;
On Fame's eternal camping ground, their silent tents are spread;
And Glory guards with solemn round, the bivouac of the dead.
No rumor of the foe's advance, now swells upon the
No troubled thought at midnight haunts, of loved ones left behind;
No vision of the morrow's strife, The warrior's dream alarms;
No braying horn nor screaming fife, at dawn shall call to arms.
Their shivered swords are red with rust, their
plumed heads are bowed;
Their haughty banner, trailed in dust, is now their martial shroud;
And plenteous funeral tears have washed, the red stains from each brow;
And their proud forms in battle gashed, are free from anguish now.
The neighing steed, the flashing blade, the
trumpet's stirring blast;
The charge, the dreadful cannonade, the din and shout are past;
No war's wild note, nor glory's peal, shall thrill with fierce delight;
Those breasts that nevermore shall feel, the rapture of the fight.
Like the dread Northern hurricane, that sweeps his
Flushed with the triumph yet to gain, came down the serried foe;
Our heroes felt the shock, and leapt, to meet them on the plain;
And long the pitying sky hath wept, above our gallant slain.
Sons of consecrated ground, Ye must not slumber
Where stranger steps and tongues resound, along the heedless air;
Your own proud land's heroic soil, shall be your fitter grave;
She claims from war his richest spoil, the ashes of her brave.
So 'neath their parent turf they rest, far from the
Borne to a Spartan mother's breast, on many a bloody shield.
The sunshine of their native sky, smiles sadly on them here;
And kindred hearts and eyes watch by, The heroes' sepulcher.
Rest on, enbalmed and sainted dead ! Dear as the
blood you gave;
No impious footsteps here shall tread, the herbage of your grave;
Nor shall your glory be forgot, while Fame her record keeps;
Or Honor points the hallowed spot, where Valor proudly sleeps.
Yon marble minstrel's voiceful stone, in deathless
song shall tell;
When many a vanished age hath flown, the story how ye fell;
Nor wreck nor change, nor winter's blight, nor time's remorseless doom;
Shall dim one ray of Holy light, that gilds your glorious tomb.
The Bivouac of the Dead, by
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
The Vaiden Confederate Cemetery
Section is located at the southwest corner of the original
cemetery, and is still referred to as the Shongalo Cemetery.
Although not Confederate, a grave of
historic significance is that of John Cain, a Revolutionary War Drummer
Boy. He was born December 12, 1766, and died April 17, 1854.
Nearby is another military grave. The marker
bears the following inscription: "Lucas C.S.A. Alabama 1862." This
is the grave of an ill confederate soldier whom Mrs. Mary Pleasants nursed in
her home and after his death, had him buried in Shongalo Cemetery.
In the southwest section of the cemetery is
a plot with a stone bearing the inscription, "32 Soldiers Known Only To
God." These soldiers died in skirmish fighting between Union
and Confederate soldiers, when the Union soldiers divided into smaller units
and began raiding through the country. A fierce skirmish occurred just east
of Vaiden, near "Briarwood" plantation,
with General Grierson in command of the Union soldiers. The sick were treated
and the dead buried by the Wilson
family of "Briarwood." Due to the humaneness shown the Union wounded and dead, the remaining Union soldiers
were ordered not to destroy "Briarwood." Because of the confusion
and destruction resulting from the war, the identity of many of these Union and Confederate soldiers who were killed are
unknown, but the burial plot remains, and interesting history is kept alive.
On one side of the cemetery's Confederate Memorial, is the inscription:
"Dedicated to the Memory of the Confederate Soldiers, Known and Unknown,
Who Gave Their Lives During the War for Southern Independence 1861-1865 and
are Buried in this Cemetery."
Before the turn of the century, Joseph
Vaiden Herring cared for the graves in this plot and many other graves in the
cemetery, and through his interest, the Vaiden Chapter of the U.D.C. was
organized. On memorial Day, the children would gather at the Courthouse, have
a ceremony, and march to the cemetery to place flags and flowers on these 32
graves marked by a single brick.
Through the efforts of Mrs. Mable Wilson
Bruce and the cooperation and support of interested citizens, the present
marker was erected which bears the following inscription:
"With malice toward none, with charity
for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us
strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to do
all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves
and with all nations.” Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.
In 1974, the Vaiden Garden
Club spearheaded a drive for overall restoration of the cemetery, including
the Confederate Section. Through extensive research from an article found in the Commercial
Appeal, a discovery was made leading to the renovation and identification
of Confederate and Union soldiers buried in
this section. This had led to many painstaking hours of work, of which much
is outlined in this page.
Dedication of the Vaiden
Vaiden group finds graves of soldiers
By Nancy Parkes
Special to the Clarion-Ledger, 06/13/1993
(Transcript of Grave List 1 & 2 (listed
Cemetery Association (P.O. Box 206, Vaiden,
with the help of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Whitehead of Hernando, have identified the
gravesites of 37 Confederate soldiers.
They include Pvt. George W. Alexander, Company F. 4th
Missouri Infantry, who died Dec. 19, 1862; Pvt. Allen D. Boon, Company 1, 1st
(King’s) Infantry, Mississippi State Troops, who died March 27, 1863; James E. Boyd, Company C, 1st (King’s) Infantry, Mississippi
State Troops, who died Feb. 21, 1863; Pvt. C.C. Brewster, Company L, 18th
Alabama Infantry, who died June 5, 1862; Pvt. James Brewster, Company L, 18th
Alabama Infantry, who died in June of 1862; Pvt. J.M. Caver, Company I, 19th (Dockery’s)
Arkansas Infantry, who died Dec. 27, 1862; Pvt. J.M. Clampit, Company J, 9th
Texas Cavalry, who died Dec. 8, 1862; Pvt. Abner Clerk [Clark], Company C, 1st
Florida Infantry, who died June 2, 1862;
Pvt. Richmond C. Claunch, Company K, 12th
Louisiana Infantry, who died Nov. 11, 1862; and Cpl. Adam C. Crockerel, Company H, 50th
Tennessee Infantry, who died Nov. 27, 1862.
Others include: Pvt. Howell A. Curtis, Company C, 1st
Mississippi Light Artillery, who died Oct. 20, 1962; Pvt. W.H. Dawsib [Dawson], Company B, 2nd
Infantry Battalion, Waul’s Texas Legion, who died Nov. 14, 1862; Pvt. E. Eveling [Ebeling] [Ed. Note: This name is listed on
Find-A-Grave as Pvt. E.E. Beling], Company E, 2nd Infantry
Battalion, Waul’s Texas Legion, who died Nov. 14, 1862; Pvt. Jeff C. Evans, Company E, 1st
Infantry Battalion, Waul’s Texas Legion, who died Nov. 14, 1862; Pvt. John B. Flowers, Company A, 20th
Mississippi Infantry, who died Dec. 23, 1862; and William R. Flowers, Company C, 1st
Mississippi Light Artillery, who died Oct. 26, 1862.
Others include: Pvt. William G.M. Gordon, Company D, 14th
Mississippi Infantry, who died Nov. 9, 1862; Pvt. James Graham, Company E, 37th
Alabama Infantry, who died Dec. 19,1862; Pvt. J.W. Green, Company F, 38th
Mississippi Infantry, who died Oct. 21, 1862; Pvt. John L. Gunnells, Company L, 1st
Mississippi Light Artillery, who died June 23, 1862; Pvt. James E. Helms, Company B, 3rd
Missouri Infantry, who died April 5, 1863; Sgt. C.L. Hibbert, Company C, 2nd
Infantry Battalion, Waul’s Texas Legion, who died April 24, 1863; Pvt. John Keaton, Company F, 10th
Tennessee Infantry, who died Jan. 7, 1863; Pvt. F. Knowl, Co. A, 1st Infantry Artillery,
Waul’s Texas Legion, who died Nov. 14, 1862; and Pvt. John D. McDougal, Company H, 31st
Alabama Infantry, who died Jan. 2, 1863.
Others include: Pvt. James McPeters, Company H, 50th
Alabama Infantry, who died June 8, 1862; Pvt. Alex M. Morrison, Company G, 20th
Mississippi Infantry, died Feb. 18, 1863; Pvt. Samuel J. Oliver, Company F, 1st
Infantry Battalion, Waul’s Texas Legion, who died Oct. 23, 1862; Pvt. M.C. Parker, Company B, 2nd
Infantry Battalion, Waul’s Texas Legion, who died Jan. 8, 1863; Pvt. Wesley Rodgers, Company I, 20th
Mississippi Infantry, who died May 29, 1863; Pvt. Hugh Smith, Company L, 18th Alabama
Infantry, who died June 20, 1862; Pvt. Martin Sussen, Company B, 1st
Infantry Artillery, Waul’s Texas Legion, who died Nov. 25, 1862; Pvt. Franklin H. Tanner, Company C, 1st
Mississippi Light Artillery, who died May 5, 1863; Pvt. F.M. Truitt, Company B, 2nd
Infantry Battalion, Waul’s Texas Legion, who died Nov. 23, 1862; Pvt. E. Willrodt, Company F, 2nd
Infantry Battalion, Waul’s Texas Legion, who died Nov. 11, 1862; Pvt. C.W. Wood, Company H, 50th Alabama Infantry,
who died June 14, 1863; and 1st Lt. Williams
P. Young, Jr., Vaiden Light Artillery, who died May 17, 1862.
Send queries to Family Trees, P.O. Box 387, Louisville,
Section Dedication – 1993
Songs of the South
Pvt. George W. Alexander’s birthdate listed as UNKNOWN,
should be 1832
Corp. Adam C. Crockerel’s birthdate should be
William W. Cain’s death date listed as 1859
should be 1929
William C. Billingsley’s birth date listed as
1837 should be 1857
Markers not listed elsewhere on this page:
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. . End of Corrections . . . . . .
Interview with Elbert Myers (Colored), Age 86, Vaiden, MS
the W.P.A. Files, 1936-1938, Carroll
Myers, who was born a slave in 1851, property of Tommy Harris, relates the
was taken from my mother at the age of five years, carried up to Old
Marster's house, trained up as a house and yard boy. We were living near Old
Shongalo, then one mile west of Vaiden. We lived there until the Harris
Academy burned then moved up to what is now called the old Colmery place;
Marse Jim, my young master, was a member of the Vaiden Artillery under
One day when ole Marster
was kinder sick, the dogs started barking and just kept on barking. Ole Miss
told me to go see what they were barking at. When I walked out the door, I
saw lots of men on horseback. They said, "Boy, we want that horse you
have here;" I said "'Tain't no horse here 'cept Marster's ridin'
horse;" They said, "We want the horse; if you don't get him we are
going to kill you." So I turned Marster's horse, 'a big clay bank,' out
of the stable. They cussed and said that the one thay were looking for was a
big white horse, the swiftest animal in the country; and they wanted him for
their lieutenant. The horse that they were looking for was the one that had
been run out from Yazoo
You see, these men were Yankees. About that time, I heard young Marse Jim
come riding the white horse through the woods, he rode up and said,
"What the ____ are you doing here?" They said, "We want that
horse you are riding." Marse Jim said, "You can't get him; this
horse is mine." They said, "If you will go with us up to this
little "Hog Hole" (meaning Vaiden) and prove he is yours, we will
give you $200." About that time, Mr. Arl Caldwell from Vaiden rode up
and asked what the trouble was. He said "You can't do that. Jim is a
paroled soldier." This horse belonged to Dr. C. Gadberry of Lexington. Anyway, they
took the horse but left Marse Jim his saddle.
. . . .
went to the war and stayed three weeks and came back; I didn't like it. When
Captain Forrest and Jefferson Davis ordered all troops to Vicksburg, Ole Marster carried Marse Jim
and Mr. Arl Caldwell back to their regiment. I went with them. We went in a
wagon. During the Siege of Vicksburg,
we could hear the Boom ! Boom ! of the cannons day and night; sometimes I can
almost hear them now. I used to love to see them drilling the soldiers out
here at Old Shongalo. Mr. Tom Purnell was the captain, and wooden guns were
used in drilling. Ole Marster's oldest son was killed in the Siege of Vicksburg. I was
eighty-six years old the thirteenth day of last December and am now living
right in Old Marster's house, about one-quarter of a mile from the cabin
where I was born.
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