New Confederate Markers in Place In Floyd County
is an update on the Confederate stones the Caudill Camp has now set in Floyd
County, Kentucky as of Tuesday, January 25, 2000.
Yesterday three of our members helped to set our camp's 21st marker in
Floyd County. This was
accomplished despite the fact that with the bitterly cold wind it felt like
nearly zero temperatures and the ground was frozen hard.
But when we find the time we want to get out to the cemeteries every
day if at all possible either to set stones or look for more soldiers. This Monday and Tuesday we were in Floyd and Knott County
checking cemeteries and setting stones. The
following men of the 13th Kentucky Cavalry now have new Confederate granite
markers in Floyd County:
1. SERGEANT REUBEN M. ALLEN - Allen Cemetery, Warco
2. PRIVATE ALFRED AMBURGEY - Lancer Cemetery, Lancer
3. PRIVATE THOMAS H. AMBURGEY
- Lancer Cemetery, Lancer
4. PRIVATE JACOB BRYANT -
Newman Cemetery, Price
5. LIEUTENANT ADAM GEARHART
- Gearhart Cemetery, Hueysville
6. PRIVATE JOHN B. GEARHART - Gearhart Cemetery, Hueysville
7. SERGEANT ALAN C. HAGANS - Hagans Cemetery, Eastern
8. PRIVATE EPPERSON HAYES - Hezekiah Hayes Cemetery, Turkey
9. PRIVATE SYLVESTER HAYES
- Allen Cemetery, Hueysville
PRIVATE ABISHA JOHNSON - Matthew
Tackett Cemetery, Melvin
PRIVATE ELI JOHNSON - Matthew Tackett Cemetery, Melvin
PRIVATE ELISHA JOHNSON - Tackett
Cemetery, Hen Pen Creek, Melvin 13. PRIVATE HARVEY JOHNSON - Harve Johnson
CAPTAIN ADAM MARTIN - John Martin Cemetery, Wayland
PRIVATE JAMES MARTIN - Martin
SERGEANT JOSEPH MARTIN - Watt
Martin Cemetery, Wayland
PRIVATE WILLIAM J. MARTIN - Martin Cemetery, Estill
PRIVATE REPTS OSBORNE - Osborne Cemetery, Garth Hollow
PRIVATE HENRY C. PATTON - Allen Cemetery, Warco
PRIVATE MATTHEW TACKETT - Matthew Tackett Cemetery, Melvin
PRIVATE MORGAN TURNER - Morgan
Turner Cemetery, McDowell
were unable to set the stone the other day for Corporal James H. Wright. Even after receiving directions on this one we had to stop
about six times, talk to people in the Bucks Branch area and make more phone
calls from the truck. Finally the
nearest property owner simply pointed to a dense brushy area and said he's
unmarked, but buried "way out that way somewhere." After pulling
away the briars for over an hour, crossing back and forth along the creek bed,
we did locate the grave. He is
marked, "sort of." On a
large natural rock mostly buried in the ground and down a very steep bank is
hand carved - James Wright and his correct dates!
The other four or so graves there have small rocks with nothing on
them. Although that day we did
finally locate his grave we did not have enough rope to let the stone down the
40 foot embankment. We set six
stones that day but had to bring the James Wright stone back.
We of course will set that at our next opportunity.
We also have recently received a stone for Private Daniel S. Scott who
is buried at the head of Stone Coal Creek near Garrett.
We plan to set that one and Wright's stone the same day.
Also we are currently continuing the research on a number of other
sites in Floyd County. If anyone
is interested I can provide exact directions should you want to visit the
graves of any of the soldiers listed above. Our camp's total
set as of today is 334 Confederate markers.
Faron Sparkman Col. Ben Caudill Camp