In the spring of 1866, the bodies of Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Franklin were exhumed from their temporary graves and reburied here, on this two-acre plot adjacent to Carnton, home of John and Carrie McGavock. Over about ten weeks, veteran George W. Cuppett led four men who reinterred the remains of 1,481 Southern soldiers. In addition, the body of Cuppett’s younger brother, Marcellus Cuppett, who died during the period, was also buried here, the only civilian. A small journal containing the names of all the dead was given to the McGavocks.
This is the largest private military cemetery in the United States in terms of the number of burials. John and Carrie McGavock maintained the cemetery for the rest of their lives, largely by themselves. Already well known in their efforts in tending the Confederated wounded at Carnton immediately after the Battle of Franklin, Carrie McGavock became even more famous for attention to the cemetery. In 1890, John L. McEwen Bivouac No. 4, United Confederate Veterans, appointed a committee to maintain the cemetery and raise funds to replace the wooden headboards with the stone markers now in use. In 1911 Mrs. Winder McGavock and the new owner of Carnton, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Shelton deeded the cemetery to the trustees of the chartered McGavock Confederate Cemetery. The United Confederate Veterans authorized the Franklin Chapter 14, United Daughters of the Confederacy, to serve as the trustees beginning in 1926.
Alley ways, starving. In knowledge motion floats like a wave inside the sky. Blue. Green. Light. The island of Eden in the daze of John. The crucifixion of the bodies in a sequential marching song. Blueberry, muffins, scents and candle waxing the skin, spelling 'love'. The eye gazing. The skin shaking in an aria, irradicient; with joy. The island of Eden. Cosmos. Love. (AM 18 🎶) #poetry#story
Horace Johnson was born on January 15th 1897… ☆ Interesting events that occurred in the United States in Mr Johnson's birth year of 1897 included... ▪On March 4th, William McKinley is inaugurated as the 25th president of the United States... McKinley would later be assassinated in the fall of 1901... ▪On August 21st, 1897, Oldsmobile is founded in Lansing, Michigan by Ransom E. Olds.... ▪On September 10th 1897, the Lattimer massacre results in the deaths of at least 19 unarmed striking immigrant coal miners at the Lattimer mine near Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The miners who were mostly of Polish, Slovak, Lithuanian and German ethnicity, were shot and killed by a Luzerne County sheriff's posse. Many others were wounded... The massacre was a turning point in the history of the United Mine Workers... (Photo of the Striking workers beginning their protest prior to the massacre will be in the comments below) ☆▪☆▪☆▪☆▪☆▪☆▪☆ Mr. Johnson served during the First World War as Private in the Quarter Masters Corps…
Horrace Johnson passed away on May 23rd 1968… The following was quoted from Horace’s Funeral Notice published in The Tampa Tribune on Sunday, May 26th 1968: “JOHNSON, HORACE—Funeral services for Mr. Horace Johnson, 1736 Walnut St., who passed in a local hospital will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Trinity CME Church wih the Rev. L. L. Webb officiating. Interment in the Shady Grove Cemetery. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Eithel Johnson; daughter, Mrs. Vera Williams and husband, Mr. Joe Wiliams; three sons, Mr. Waymond Johnson and wife, Mrs. Ethel Johnson, M/Sgt. Ernest Sheffield and wife, Mrs. Mereedes Sheffield, Japan, and Sgt. Earl Sheffield and wife, Catherine Sheffield, Vietnam and other relatives. A veteran of the World War I, military honors will be accorded by MacDill AFB. The remains will lie in state after 6 p.m. today at the residence. “A WILSON’S SERVICE.” Horace Johnson... Veteran of the first World War, beloved Husband and Father ... Before & After... #veteran#army#military#soldier#worldwarI#worldwar1#africanamerican#Blackhistorymonth#cemetery#gravestone#tombstone#graveyard_life#graveyard#florida#monument