By NEMS Daily Journal
The Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield Commission will dedicate a newly installed interpretive panel at the Bethany Historical Cemetery on Saturday.
The public is invited to the 2 p.m. event that will be near the mass Confederate grave that’s a part of Brice’s Crossroads.
Ruth Albritton, vice president general of the National United Daughters of the Confederacy, will be the keynote speaker.
Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield Commission received a $3,000 grant from the Natchez Trace Parkway, made possible through the Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative, to fund the panel and the research for interpretive material displayed there.
This two-sided display, which includes a grid and list of Confederate soldiers who were mortally wounded and killed on June 10, 1864, during the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, enables the Commission to better interpret the cemetery’s part in the battle and provide the public with information regarding the soldiers killed during the battle and the 30 Confederate soldiers who are buried in the mass grave. The second side will contain changing displays about the individual soldiers or specific aspects concerning the mass grave.
Much of the information provided by this interpretive panel come from the extensive research that was done by Roger Hansen of Pascagoula into the identity of the soldiers killed during the battle and buried in the mass grave. In 1989, Hansen joined other volunteers to remove the 96 unknown soldiers’ tombstones and replace them with stones that identify the dead. As a result of Hansen’s 20 years of research, much more is known about each soldier’s identity.
Edwina Carpenter, director of the Mississippi Final Stands Interpretive Center, added that visitors to the cemetery can take a brochure containing information about the mass grave to share with others. The grid, list and brochure were prepared by Northeast Mississippi resident Dylan Hall as an Eagle Scout project.
For more information, contact the Mississippi’s Final Stands Interpretive Center at (662) 265-3969.