Confederate Cemetery

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Confederate Cemetery

Location
Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi, USA
Memorials 72 added (89% photographed)

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In the 1930's, a black farmer, plowing in order to put in a corn crop, turned up a handful of buttons from a Confederate uniform. He had discovered the long forgotten Confederate cemetery near Quitman, MS.

In a course of time, identifications were made, and headstones were put into place. A story of the exploration was recorded in a compilation name Federal Writers of the WPA. The Quitman Woman's Club and the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) took interest in rebuilding and honoring those that had fallen for what they had believed in. An arch to the cemetery was designed by George Weir, a veteran of World War I, inscribed "Confederate Cemetery." (This arch was partially destroyed by hurricane Isabel in the 1970's). The Long-Bell Lumber Company donated cement blocks which line the perimeter of the cemetery.

For years, the cemetery was cleaned by the nearby battalion of the Mississippi National Guard, Boy Scout troops, and interested citizens.

On Memorial Day, May 25, 1987, the cemetery was formally dedicated.

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GPS Coordinates: 32.0225, -88.7269

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #58743