CS Monument & Cemetery

This 1869 memorial to unknown Confederate dead is one of the oldest Civil War monuments in Tennessee and is a rare example of Reconstruction-era memorialization. The monument's location within a cemetery reflects the mourning element common to the first Civil War monuments in the South. After the end of the war, local women raised funds to disinter the bodies of Confederate soldiers from throughout the county and rebury them here. Dr. John H. Morton and the Union City Fire Company promoted the project in the Union City Herald. Tennessee poet Annie Somers Gilchrist honored the women's efforts in "The Unknown Confederate Dead." Some of the men had died at nearby Camp Brown, a training camp, while others had belonged to the 7th Tennessee Cavalry.