MURRAY COUNTY CHARACTERS
Unknown Union Soldier
Another mysterious story comes from Spring Place Cemetery. The story originates from the J.M. McGhee farm in Spring Place in 1864. Mr. McGhee worked very hard to protect his family during the War Between the States even going as far as hiding them in meat boxes for protection. However, their compassion for their fellow was evident in this episode from 1864.
Mrs. Mary Amanda Cleveland McGhee found an injured 15 to 16 year old boy in the family barn after a party of Union soldiers came through the area. The young man never regained consciousness and died of dysentery. The McGhees never learned the adolescent's name but the women and children buried the young man. Any parent would be thankful to know that someone took such care and compassion for his/her child even though the young soldier fighting for his country was a complete stranger to this family
After learning of the unknown soldier, the American Legion of Chatsworth erected a marker in 1976 as part of a patriotic ceremony to honor this young man.
Murray County Characters
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