The following message was sent to the HCHS by Mike Kirby, 29 Jun 2005.
I saw your website on the 10th SC Infantry. I found some information that would add to some soldiers names.
After the battle of Stones River Tenn. wounded prisoners were taken to Chattanooga Tenn.
In 1867 the
bodies of 887 soldiers who had died in Chattanooga Jan. 1 to May 31, 1863 (the
immediately following the battle of Murfreesboro), were moved from a cemetery close to the Tennessee
River, where they had been temporarily interred, to the Confederate Cemetery. A board at the head of
each grave was marked with the name of the soldier, his state and his command, and a number. Col. R. L.
Watkins copied the names and prepared the following list. It is probable that when the headstones were
hastily made-six or seven each day for four month the names were frequently misspelled, in the case of
difficult ones at least. This explanation accounts for the many peculiar and infrequent names on the list.
Searchers for names should allow for variation in sound and spelling.
Many of the wounded in the battle of Murfreesboro were sent to Chattanooga by train. Some of them
died en route and others in the station immediately upon arrival. Homes and hospitals were filled with
other soldiers who lingered, some a few days and some for months. Col. Watkins began his list with the
number 142 and the date Feb. 1, 1863. It is presumed that 141 men died in January and were buried in the
very low ground where the water washed the graves and the wooden boards, and that the names were not
decipherable when he made his list in 1867. The last number "887" is dated May 31, 1863.
The list bears this inscription:
"Presented to the Confederate Memorial Association March i8, 1876, by R. L. Watkins, who assisted in obtaining this record in 1867 and participated in removing the dead to the graves where they now lie. This was when the Confederate Association was first organized. Each grave was numbered and named on headboard as this list shows and was easily identified.
"R. L. Watkins."
Below are the known soldiers from the battle that were from SC that were captured and died after Feb 1, 1863 thus making the list. All are on your website for the 10th infantry.
Brown, R., Company L, 10th Regiment.
Bound, Zac B., Company B, 8th Regiment.
Caldres, E. W., Company H, 10th Regiment.
Carter, William, Company H, 10th Regiment.
Coleman, J. W., Company D, 10th Regiment.
Gilmen, H. M., Company B, 8th Regiment.
Grey, Alfred, Company H, 10th Regiment.
Holland, J. B., Company E, 10th and 19th Regiments.
Mallox, Henry, Company I, 19th Regiment.
Mathews, Francis, Company H, 9th and 10th Regiments.
Podget, Wilbert, Company A, 19th Regiment.
Satcher, R. (might be Latcher or Hatcher)--Regiment.--, Company H, 19th
Smith, H., Company H, 10th Regiment.
Todd, J. M., Company G, 10th Regiment.
Two soldiers that I know died before Feb 1st and possibly buried here are Capt J R Nettles who died Jan 14 1863 and Reuben Whitfield Kirby who died Jan 23 1863. Both died of wounds from the Battle of Stones River. They both were prisoners also.
Most of the above soldiers in your list are missing that they died of wounds in the Battle. I thought this would be good information about where some of these men from Williamsburg County are buried. I have been trying to figure out where J R Nettles and RW Kirby both 1st cousins were buried. It took me a long time to find this info.
Also S J Nettles was Capt J R Nettles’ brother. He died of disease in Virginia in 1862.
Mike Kirby, 29 Jun 2005.
Website for Watkins List http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Grounds/7235/chattcsacem.htm