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Unknown Confederate Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier. In late 1979, the remains of an unidentified soldier form the Civil War were discovered on a battlefield of the Vicksburg Campaign. The remains were carefully authenticated from artifacts accompanying them confirmed he was a Confederate soldier, but the identity of his unit and his place of origin are not known. The soldier's remains were buried there in a cypress casket in 1980, which led to the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier in the Beauvoir Confederate Veterans Cemetery in Biloxi, Mississippi. Approval of the plan and official designation was recognized Confederate organizations including the Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Military Order of the Stars and Bars and Children of the Confederacy. On June 6, 1981, the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier was dedicated. On two sides are inscribed, The Unknown Soldier of the Confederate States of America. The head of the tomb bears the inscription, Known but to God. Atop of the tomb is the Great Seal of the Confederate States of America and at its foot is a stanza from a poem by Father Abram Joseph Ryan, poet-priest of the Confederacy.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 25 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20435
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Unknown Confederate Soldier (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20435, citing Beauvoir Confederate Cemetery, Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .