|Birth: ||Jul. 21, 1838|
|Death: ||Aug. 31, 1864|
Cyrus Branham was born July 21, 1838, to William H. and America L. (HAYS) Branham, and was, as a member of the 6th Kentucky Infantry of the "Orphan Brigade", killed at the battle of Jonesboro (GA.). In this great battle of August 31-September 1, 1864, the Union Army would suffer 1,600 casualties, the Confederate Army 3,000.
Cyrus was brother to Horace Clinton (CSA), James Franklin (CSA), Malissa, and Correna. Following the war, Horace moved to Louisville where he died of natural causes and was buried in an unmarked grave at the Louisville Cave Hill Cemetery. James remained in Vine Grove where he operated a hotel for many years. [Grave location unknown.]
Cyrus' grieving father would not let his son's body rest alone in ground so far from home. He traveled well over 410 miles, in a wagon with two mules, from his Hardin County home to the Georgia battlefield to retrieve the body of his son. Along with the young soldier's remains, he brought the wooden headboard which had marked Cyrus's original resting place. It is speculated that the headboard was carved by David Stith as a last tribute to the cousin with whom he had grown up and whose life was cut short by a Yankee bullet. Within a year of returning his son home to his final resting place, William H. Branham would die.
On April 11, 1998, members of the General Ben Hardin Helm Camp (Sons of Confederate Veterans) met at the Stith-Branham Cemetery to place a military veteran marker at the gravesite of Cpl. Cyrus Branham. Nine relatives of Cyrus Branham were on hand to observe the placing of the marker and accompanying ceremony for a young life cut short serving a cause believed to be honorable and just.
[The following was submitted for entry to this contribution: "James, my great grandfather, was buried in the city cemetery in Vine Grove, Ky. The sisters were: Elizabeth H., Mary Louise, Corina Frances. A brother, William H. died in infancy. These names were given to me by Horace Clint Branham III and were taken from an old family bible."]
William H. Branham (1807 - 1868)
America L. Hayes Branham (1810 - 1891)
Cyrus Wayne Branham (1838 - 1864)
Horace Clinton Branham (1842 - ____)*
Stith-Branham Family Cemetery
Created by: Row Walker
Record added: Aug 05, 2007
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