URIAH GILLIHAN, Sergeant
28 Tennessee Infantry
(2 Mountain Reg't Tenn. Vols.)
Soldier's Rank_In Private
Soldier's Rank_Out Sergeant
Alternate Name W. R./Gillahan
Son of: William GILLIHAN, & Arena Bush
Served for three states: Virginia, then Georgia, then South Carolina, died abt. 1830 in Smith Co., TN; William Gillihan also signed the petition to State of NC to establish the "State of Franklin" 1787.
Killed by Union soldiers while on furlough. Fought in many battles, such as Shiloh, Fishing Creek & Stone's River.
His body was discovered by a Mr. Burton and buried along with another soldier who had been murdered with him.
The Burton family has continued caring for the grave and built a rock wall around the gravestones.
Uriah R. Gillihan from Jackson Co. TN and T.W. Phillips from Overton Co. TN had been members of the 28th Confederate Infantry and had fought in several major battles such as, Shiloh, Fishing Creek, Stone's River.
Both had been either wounded or sick and were furloughed from the army. Gillihan and Phillips met in Putnam Co in the spring of 1865 while on the way home. Lee had surrendered in April but they were not aware of it. They attended a dance at Buffalo Valley and became involved in a dispute. Fearing for their lives they left Buffalo Valley and went to the home of Charles F. Burton, arriving about daylight.
Mr. Burton being a Southern Sympathizer fed the two boys and sent them to hide in a cabin down in the Tom Hollow.
They were discovered by the Home Guard who marched them around the area, then physically tormented them with bayonets. They were then tied to separate trees and shot by the Union men. When the two bodies were discovered Charles F. Burton had them wrapped in blankets and buried.
Mr. Burton had a rock wall built around the graves which he kept clean and decorated with flowers for the remainder of his life. There are descendents of the Burton family, and the Lewis Fletcher family, who helped bury the soldiers, still living in the Chestnut Mound area who are knowledgeable about this event.In the 1970's Guy Boyd, grandson of Lewis Fletcher, that helped build the wall around the gravesin 1865, was instrumental in getting stone markers placed at the graves.
Sources; Film Number M231 roll 16
Confederate Soldiers Gravesite
Maintained by: J. Fred Bucy,III
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: May 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8852398