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Civil War Graves
Merrill, Greene County, Mississippi

Lat: 31° 04' 20"N, Lon: 88° 33' 40"W

Contributed by James Trussell, Apr 23, 2007, last edtied Apr 27, 2007 [carverofwood1260@wmconnect.com].  Total records = 3.

Traveling southeast on Hwy 63 out of Leakesville, Mississippi you will go 2.3 miles and take the road to your right which is Vernal River road. You will now be heading west and will follow this road 4.8 miles. There will be a house on your right that has a chain link fence around it, and about 75 yards on the left side will be a red brick home. Across from the house on your right, there is a large sloping hill where the timber has been cut and only brush and stumps remain. About 50 yards up the hill from the side of the road and about even with the brick house that I said was on the left. You will see two solitary headstones.

There is no name for this burial site, and no names on the stones. The stone on the left is inscribed “Unknown Confederate Soldier”, the one on the right is inscribed “Unknown Confederate Soldier on the top half and is inscribed Unknown U.S. Soldier on the bottom.

The story has it that after the Battle these dead soldiers were buried in these two graves in crude fashioned caskets made from a military wagon. The story has changed over the years, was told at times that these soldiers were buried in a wagon.

This is located on private land and really receives little attention. These stones are not visible unless the timber had been cut and that is only about every 15 to 20 years.

I was told of the graves by John Kittrell a lifelong resident of this community, and I walked it on Apr 13, 2007.

- James Trussell
??, ??, no dates, Confederate soldier, died fighting Union soldiers
??, ??, no dates, Confederate soldier, died fighting Union soldiers
??, ??, no dates, Union soldier, died fighting Confederate soldiers

 

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