Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Ghosts of Camp Beauregard

On a peaceful, beautiful hill top in Graves County, Kentucky, a mile and a quarter east of the town of Water Valley and a mile and a half north of the ghost town, Feliciana, is a cemetery with a Confederate Memorial that reads:

CAMP BEAUREGARD MEMORIAL
IN MEMORY OF THE BRAVE MEN WHO DIED HERE
SEPTEMBER 1861 TO MARCH 1862
FOR THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
AND WERE THUS DENIED THE GLORY
OF HEROIC SERVICE IN BATTLE

Looking out over the valley you would not think that during the winter of 1861-62 around 6000 Confederate troops were trained here and because of pneumonia, typhoid fever, and cerebrospinal meningitis, around 1500 of these soldiers perished here. During the peak of the infection as many as 75 died within a days time.

This place was all but forgotten and took until October 1920 before the monument was placed, due to the efforts of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the chair of the monument committee, Lizzie Lowe Fuller.

A very good article on these events is, A History of Camp Beauregard, by Dieter C. Ullrich.

It is said that the ghosts of the soldiers still watch over Camp Beauregard and if you care to visit during the fall and winter months they will make their presence known.

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Because of an IDIOT, metal detecting permission on the surrounding farms where Camp Beauregard was located is impossible. The land owner let the said IDIOT have permission with the agreement of half the loot. This IDIOT later gave the owner some cast iron and an old horseshoe, saying it was all he found. Some time later at a local Banana Festival, held each year a few miles away in Fulton located on the Kentucky/Tennessee line, the IDIOT had a booth set up with bullets, buttons and other artifacts labeled Camp Beauregard. The landowner and his wife saw this and now they do not allow metal detecting. Just goes to show how the act of one IDIOT can destroy what we all work so hard to preserve.

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting




 RobertCole's headstone at Camp Beauregard, KY.


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Camp Beauregard Cemetery