James Earl (Sam) Price

James Earl (Sam) Price

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I am an 80 year old man with bad feet. I plan to be most interested in the Vicksburg City Cemetery aka known as Cedar Hill Cemetery. It is a very large Cemetery, 155 acres. It was organized in 1837. The history and records can be divided into Three Sections.
Secton # 1. From the beginning until the Civil War approx. 25 years. the Records are about what one would expect, Some gaps, some holes, some missing stones, etc., but over all pretty good.
Section # 2. From the beginning of the Civil War until approximatley 1935, almost 75 years, the records are a 100% absolute night mare, Deeds not recorded, stones missing, it appears the Civil War overwhelmed everything. It is said that 5,000 men died in the Civil War Vicksburg. I do not know.
Very few records of Confederate Soldiers buried in the Cemetery.
Section # 03. From 1935 tp present, (2016) another 80 years, records are in good shape.
"Soldiers Rest" is the Confederate Cemetery. It contains Two Acres completely encompassed by the huge Civilian Cemetery. It contains approx 2,000 stones. Soldier's Rest was purchased by the Vicksburg Ladies Cemetery Association in 1866. The V L C A was in the 1890s to become the Vicksburg Chapter # 77, U D C, The Goal was to move the Confederates, who had been buried more or less where they fell, or in mass graves, to this location. Unfortunately Records are lost and non extnant. "Mass Confusion." There are several other Confederate Lots scattered about nearby.
So there is no mis understanding If your man has a stone in Soldiers Rest or the other Confederate Lots his name is on "Anna Link; CSA Soldiers Rest;" However, it is hard to find. If his name is not on this list he does not have a stone.If you have questions contact me.
One thing further, the Vicksburg City Cemetery has been intergrated since the begining and continues to this day.
Sam Price

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