ILLINOIS in the CIVIL WAR

Confederate Burials in
Mound City National Cemetery


Mound City National Cemetery is located at the far southern tip of Illinois, a few miles north, northeast of Cairo, Illinois. Early in the war, the area was of strategic importance because of its position near the confluence of the Ohio River and the Mississippi River.

According to Jack Odom of the Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission, Inc., the cemetery was one of the first authorized by Congress and was established in 1864. It is the final resting place of thousands of Civil War soldiers. Within the cemetery is a memorial to the Unknown Soliders and Sailors of the Civil War.

Source: The list of names below was extracted from National Archives and Records Administration's, microfilm publication M918 [single roll], "Register of Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Citizens Who Died in Federal Prisons and Military Hospitals in the North, 1861-1865."

The microfilm holds a reproduction of a 665-page register compiled in 1912 in the Office of the Commissioner for Marking the Graves of Confederate Dead. In 1866, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton reported that according to the Commisary General of Prisoners, over 26,000 Confederate POWs died in prisons and hospitals. Graves of Confederate POWs often were unmarked. Interest in caring for the graves in the north was not initiated until 1898, when President William McKinley spoke in favor of Federal Responsibility. Eventually, federal funds were acquired and culminated in the list of names and locations in the register on publication M918.

Those listed below are found in the section for Mound City Cemetery beginning on page 515.

Last Name First Name Rank Company Regiment Date of Death Grave No. Location of Burial
Bentley J. L. Pvt A 37 Ala Inf July 25, 1863 4256 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Biggs W. J. Pvt C 3 Miss Inf Aug 21, 1862 4539 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Blalock William A. Pvt E 3 Ky Mtd Inf May 20, 1864 2909 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Box R. R. Pvt G 42 Ala Inf Dec 19, 1862 4623 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Bynam Eli T. - I 7 Ky Cav March 31, 1864 - Died Paducah; see note

Carter J. D. - - - July 4, 1864 1478 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Christian L. F. Pvt - - March 22, 1865 602 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Cochran N. Pvt B 53 Tenn Inf June 23, 1863 4495 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Cowan Edward - - Tenn - - Died Mound City; see note
Crow William P. Pvt - - Feb 16, 1864 3611 Mound City Nat. Cemetery

Dean Thomas Z. Pvt K 40 Ga Inf June 30, 1863 4494 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Dougherty G. A. - - - July 4, 1864 1477 Mound City Nat. Cemetery

Fleming John T. Pvt F 20 Miss Inf April 6, 1862 4529 Mound City Nat. Cemetery

Hardin Robert Lieut F 9 Tenn Ca Feb 12, 1864 1382 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Harris R. G. Pvt K 42 Ala Nov 19, 1862 - Died Cairo; see note
Herron Francis M. - K 6 Mo Inf June 9, 1863 4377 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Hickey C.G. Pvt K Cocke's Ark Inf April 18, 1864 4325 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Hyatt F. W. Pvt K 34 Ga Inf June 16, 1863 4691 Mound City Nat. Cemetery

Love Samuel T. Major - 27 Tenn Inf April 17, 1862 2037 Mound City Nat. Cemetery

McCain W. J. Pvt F 19 Ark Inf Jan 15, 1863 4748 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
McKnight L. W. Pvt C 2 Tenn Cav April 6, 1864 - Died Paducah; see note
Moore James Pvt F 19 Ark Inf June 15, 1863 4157 Mound City Nat. Cemetery

Palmer M. A. Pvt A 31 Tenn Inf June 22, 1863 4496 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Parker Joseph Pvt - - April 2, 1864 1246 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Pascal David - - - July 9, 1864 1379 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Potter M. G. Pvt C Miss May 20, 1863 342 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Purveyer J. - - Spy June 23, 1862 2097 Mound City Nat. Cemetery

Robinson Thomas Pvt - - Sep 7 1863 3622 Mound City Nat. Cemetery

Scott William Pvt A 52 Ga Inf July 22 1863 4252 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Setler Wiliam Pvt - - Nov 14, 1862 3996 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Skinner G. L. Sgt B 23 Ala Inf June 9 1863 4431 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Smith John C. - A 35 Ala July 23, 1863 - Died Mound City; see note
Smith Mitchel Pvt C 52 Ga Inf June 10, 1863 4283 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Smith W. C. Pvt B 40 Miss Inf June 12, 1863 4207 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Smith William G. Pvt - - Jan 21, 1865 3895 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Spinks John C. Pvt F 12 La Inf Aug 26, 1863 3817 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Sweat John W. Pvt - 1 Fla Inf Nov 4, 1862 - Died Cairo; see note

Thomas K. H. Pvt B 37 Miss Inf - 425 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Tibbs A. - - - - 2624 Mound City Nat. Cemetery

Warner J. - - - Nov 4, 1862 2203 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
Watts Henry H. Pvt F 41 Ga Inf June 2, 1863 4717 Mound City Nat. Cemetery
White Elijah - M Wilson's Cav March 27, 1864 - Died Paducah; see note
Williams S. K. Pvt - - - 2753 Mound City Nat. Cemetery

Young Alfred Pvt A 28 La Inf Jan 14, 1863 - Died Paducah; see note
Younger Charles Pvt D 3 Ky Mtd Inf April 6, 1864 - Died Paducah; buried St. Johns
NOTE: Reported as having died as noted, but grave not located. Possibly remains were removed to the Mound City National Cemetery as Unknown dead, there being a large number of unidentified graves in this cemetery of remains removed from these several points.

Other References

  1. Mound City National Cemetery, by Fonda Baselt, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly, XXIII:4 (Winter 1991), pp. 227-229.

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