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Photo of Clarksville Female Academy
More than 305 Confederate soldiers who died in Confederate hospital in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, were buried in the garden behind the Clarksville Female Academy. Two African-American women, sisters, who contracted disease and died while caring for the ill and wounded the soldiers at hospital were also buried there.

The initial graves were marked with wooden headboard but in time these deteriorated and specific knowledge of burial locations was lost. In 1897, a landslide exposed some of the soldiers' remains. One hundred and twenty seven [127] unidentified remains were found, disinterred, and re-interred in the Clarksville City Cemetery [present-day Clarksville Riverview Cemetery]. The remains of the other 180+ Confederate soldiers were not disturbed.

In Spring 2000, despite protest from local citizens, the City of Clarksville started construction of a new road bridge which resulted in the Confederate soldiers' burial site behind the historic Clarksville Female Academy being covered with tons of soil and concrete structural elements. The City later agreed to name the bridge the Confederate Soldier Memorial Bridge.

On Saturday, 26 May 2001, markers with two bronze plaques, listing 307 names, was dedicated in Riverview Cemetery to document and memorialize the dead from Clarksville Confederate hospital. The dedication service was held by the Clarksville, Montgomery County, chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Frank P. Gracey Camp 225.

On Sunday, 15 December 2002, a memorial monument was dedicated to honor the memory of the more than 180 Confederate soldiers and the two nurses who are buried beneath the Confederate Soldiers Memorial Bridge on Cumberland Drive. The monument is located near their burial site, about 200 yards south of the rear of the 19th century location of the Clarksville Female Academy. An image of the memorial and its text are below.

It is unknown if a specific soldier's body is among the 127 Confederate soldiers disinterred and re-interred in Riverview Cemetery or the 180+ Confederate soldiers lying undisturbed in the Clarksville Confederate Cemetery beneath the Confederate Soldiers Memorial Bridge.

Added by: L. Renee Briggs
10/05/2008

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