Scenes In and Around Soldiers' Rest
C. S. A. Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Confederate Avenue, within Cedar Hill Cemetery


The plaque on the base of the flagpole at Soldiers' Rest.

"In honor of Roswell Nathaniel Atwell CSA
and Sue Atwell Clark
by Jackie and Logan Fleming, UDC Chapter #77 Vicksburg 1985"

"During the roar and thunder of the War Between the States it was time to tend the wounded and the dead. The Sisters of Mercy of Vicksburg put their teaching careers on hold and volunteered their services. These heroines of the war have seen little recognition for their contribution and sacrifices so now we wish to honor their memory."
     Vicksburg #77, UDC

The two above photos are a portion of the section where some men of the 43rd Miss. Inf. are buried. This is located immediately down the hill from the main section of Soldiers' Rest, near the Officers' lot.

Photographs of these markers of the men of the 43rd are included with the Men of Mississippi of Soldiers Rest. Douglas the Camel was associated with the 43 Mississippi Infantry.


"Dedicated to the memory of the officers
who gave their lives in defense of Vicksburg.
Erected by the
Lt. G. J.C. Pemberton Camp 1354
Sons of Confederate Veterans"

"Dedicated to the memory of the men
who gave their lives in defense of Vicksburg.
Erected by the
Lt. G. J.C. Pemberton Camp 1354
Sons of Confederate Veterans"

A view from the northwest corner of Soldiers' Rest.

Photo by Wayne McMaster
Painting the flagpole at Soldiers' Rest.
How often does it occur to us that flagpoles
need painting? The Mississippi section is to
the viewer's left, the Louisiana section is to
the view's right.

Opposing winds catch the flags
flying over Soldiers' Rest.


Wayne McMaster (at right), SCV,
with Vicksburg visitor Antonio Parillo,
a history teacher from Sweden
who spent the morning at Soldiers' Rest.
The teacher learned a little more about the
South than he had planned, as it was 100+ degrees
that day (plus the humidity), a little warmer
than a summer day in Sweden!

Photo by Eddy Cresap
In Sep - Oct 2015, brickwork was repaired
at the base of the Monument to the Confederate Dead,
which is 122 years old.

(See at right.)

Photo by Bryan Skipworth
Gen. Stephen Dill Lee spoke
at the first dedication in 1893.


The Volunteer Southrons are shown in 1893, in a photo taken at Soldiers Rest. To the left, behind the band, note the two rows of grave markers of soldiers lost in the war. Family and friends of the soldiers probably installed them right after the war. (This small grouping is referred to herein as the "Louisiana grouping.")

Band members. from the left, are Albert Auter, Kirk Bond, Frank J. Groome, John Piazza, George Kelly Smith, Abe Katzenmeyer, Willie Katzenmeyer, Felix Mahen, John Burnhardt, Vic O'Connor, Vick Fisher, Director Fred A. Moser, Dennis Hossley, John B. Katzenmeyer, Tip Brunnar, and Lee Spengler.

The Soldiers Rest monument was first dedicated in 1893, and this may be the occasion of their gathering.

Caption from Vicksburg and Warren County, A Pictorial History, pg. 93, published by The Vicksburg Evening Post 2010. Photo Courtesy of the Old Court House Museum, Vicksburg.


Photo by Bryan Skipworth
   This photo was taken at the approximate spot as the older band photo above. Note the smaller markers at left, the "Louisiana grouping." The brick wall at the base of the tree once surrounded a family lot. The wall is tumbled down now, but in the band photo above it appears whole.
   The bright white marker at the bottom of the hill, in the brown kudzu, marks the grave of CSA veteran and watermelon farmer, Newton Cooper, affectionately known as Vicksburg's Watermelon Man.


Marker Repair is an Ongoing Task

Photos by Wayne McMaster and Bryan Skipworth


There is always work to be done at Soldiers Rest.

Here, Bryan Skipworth (above) and Wayne McMaster repair a broken marker.

Both men are members of the Lt. G. J.C. Pemberton Camp 1354, Sons of Confederate Veterans.


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