This cemetery is marked by a Confederate Burial Trench. The Confederates who died here were moved to the cemetery, where a Methodist Church once stood, by Miles Hayes and others.
Plaque: "This sentry stands guard in honor to twenty eight brave Confederate soldiers brutally killed in 1863 at a place that is now called the Murder Hole near here. According to research, locals buried them in a mass grave here, after being killed by the so-called 6th U.S. Cavalry under the command of Col. Fielding Hurst."
"This honor sentry donated and placed by Col. Malcolm D. Wilcox family in memory of all soldiers of the south and General Cadmus M. Wilcox C.S.A.
From Exit 68, of I-40, head south on TN-138 for 7.5 mi., then turn west (right) Into the cemetery, just before Bachelor Loop Rd. & across the road from the Mid-South Farmers Co-op.
The older Hayes Chapel Cemetery, which dates to the Civil War times, has been enlarged & is now maintained/aligned with the Mercer Baptist Church, as reflected by the present sign.
GPS Coordinates: 35.4886, -89.05725
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #13149
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