HEADSTONE FOR U. S. UNKNOWN SOLDIER

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HEADSTONE FOR U. S. UNKNOWN SOLDIER

October 16, 2021 - Saturday, Oct. 16th 2021 - 10 a.m. - Bethany Historic Cemetery

On October 16th, a headstone memorializing the Union dead at Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield will be dedicated at the Bethany Historic Cemetery where a lone soldier was laid to rest.

Many Union soldiers lost their lives during the rout at the Tishomingo Creek during the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads on June 10, 1864. The remains of one soldier, probably listed among the 1,623 missing after the battle, were found in the creek bank in 1953 by local historian Claude Gentry and Landowner Frank Snell.

His remains were interred within the Bethany Historic Cemetery and his pocket watch is now on display at the Mississippi’s Final Stands Interpretive Center.

The ceremony will include comments from historians and veterans, as well as a tribute played on the bag pipes and a volley salute.

The remains of his comrades, buried where they fell, were removed to the Memphis and Corinth National Cemetery as unknown in 1870-77.

Local friend of the battlefield and historian Mitch Caver initiated this project, aimed at recognition for the Union soldiers killed here, and set the headstone in July.

Caver had applied for and received the marble headstone from the VA National Cemetery Administration’s Memorial Products Service.

The ceremony on Saturday, October 16, 2021 will be held at 10 a.m. in the Bethany Historic Cemetery located five miles west of Baldwyn on Highway 370. The public is invited to this memorial.

For more information, contact Wanda Palmer at the Mississippi’s Final Stands Interpretive Center at (662)365-3969 or bcr.wandapalmer@ gmail.com.