General William Barksdale’s, sister Virginia Barksdale Wade, was the wife of State Senator Levi Wade who owned a large cotton plantation southeast of Nashville between Smyrna and Murfreesboro called Bellevue...not to be confused with another Bellevue home in West Nashville which still stands.
This was the old Nathaniel Barksdale family home, it was razed by the Federals during the Stones River and Tullahoma campaigns that ran up and down the Old Nashville Highway where it was located.
Levi had voted for Secession at the last moment as a state senator and was a colonel in the CSA away in Virginia and the Yankees pillaged the home and foraged the crops and appropriated all the male field slaves for labor. The family (women and children) with the house slaves and women and girls and younger boy slaves fled to kinfolks in the hills to the east in Smith county near what is now Center Hill lake. Virginia Barksdale wrote quite a bit on this in her journals.
According to family and local legend. Nathaniel Barksdale and his wife Anne. As well as their son William Barksdale and his wife, are said to be buried in an open plot, of land, near the Barksdale-Yankee burial grounds. The locals have called it the “Barksdale Cemetery” for a very long time. No stones have survived there, the effects of many decades. According to Civil War history, nearly forty Yankees died of disease there, and are also buried near this plot of land.
The Mitchell-Moore Cemetery is located near Mapleview and Carter Streets in Smyrna. The final resting place of some early Smyrna residents, it adjoins an unmarked plot known to some Smyrna residents as the “Barksdale-Yankee” Cemetery. It is generally believed that the area at the rear of the Mitchell-Moore Cemetery is the burial plot for 40 Union soldiers who died of cholera while stationed at a fort in the area while guarding the railroad bridge that crosses Hart’s Branch. General William Barksdale was said go be buried there. But we know he is buried in Mississippi. Most likely the locals confused his burial there with his father "William". It is highly possible that other members of his family are buried here.. Barksdale family research reveals that his father (also named William) died in Smyrna in 1837. His grandparents, Nathaniel and Nancy Barksdale, died in Smyrna in the 1830’s and were buried in the “Barksdale Cemetery”. The information on Gen. Barksdale was handed down through generations in Smyrna as oral history. It would be easy to assume (especially after several years) that the William Barksdale buried there wasn't General Wm. Barksdale, when actually it was his father.
It is also likely that this desecration of the local area, by Union Soldiers, would have included destruction of Barksdale family tombstone here. No Stones remain today.
- Added: 13 Jan 2015
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2565830
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