This is Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetary, not far from my house. I remember my Initial Impression when I discovered this place was, "Why are there so many Confederate soldiers buried here in Shelby County when it really wasn't a very well known battleground?" Then I discovered that after the fall of Vicksburg and Jackson, the Confederate Hospitial was moved to Shelby Springs by rail. Many injured soldiers were treated at the hospital, but those who died there were buried here on the hill behind the hospital (now long gone).
There are over 300 soldiers buried here, and unfortunately, 212 of their tombstones are simply marked "Unknown Soldier, C. S. A.". There are, however, 95 identified soldiers whose tombstones are marked with the impression of their initials and last name, or for some, their whole name and whatever other information was known.
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