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                                                   Kentucky Gravesites

                                            Cave Hill Cemetery, Confederate Section, Louisville
From I-65 North, take the Broadway exit. Turn right onto Broadway and continue until Broadway ends just in front of the cemetery entrance. Enter the cemetery through the gates and on the right, just beyond the gate, you will see an information box with maps that will guide you to the various sections. For exact directions to a particular grave, follow the signs to the cemetery office (open 8-4:45 Monday thru Saturday).

From I-65 South, take the Jefferson St./Downtown exit after crossing the Kennedy bridge into Louisville. The exit ramp splits, so bear to the right and follow the signs for Jefferson St. Once you are on Jefferson St., turn left onto First St. From First St., turn left onto Broadway. Continue until Broadway ends just in front of the cemetery entrance.
These two Lawson graves are located at Cave Hill Cemetery, Confederate Section, Louisville and in Section 'O'.
Thomas (d. 6 Aug 1905)(grave 48, Lot 267-1/2) has not been found in the official records yet and John (d. 31 Aug 1918) (grave 34, Lot 267) is shown in the Register of Officers as Acting First Assistant Engineer who served on the CSS GENERAL POLK at New Orleans and who resigned 18 November 1861 and apparently then joining the army and serving as Lt. Col. in the 59th Virginia Cavalry. This will need to be verified further.

Cenotaph for William Gilmore who was a Pilot in the Navy on the CSS ARKANSAS. He was killed in action near Vicksburg on 15 July 1862

James Gibbon Minnigerode was a Midshipman in the CS Navy. He was on duty at Drewry's Bluff;  the school ship CSS Patrick Henry;  ordered to Mobile and assigned to the CSS Morgan and participated in the battle of Mobile Bay;  then served on the Richmond until he and 60 midshipmen "were called upon to take charge of the Confederate Treasury and convey it to a place of safety." Was paroled 18 May 1865 at Charlotte, N. C. After the war, he became an Episcopal minister like his father and in 1878 was appointed rector of Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church in Louisville.
Buried in Section Q  Lot 99;   Born: 25 July 1848;  Died: 13 Feb. 1924

Trivia: Minnigerode's father Charles was the rector of St. Paul's in Richmond for 35 years. He was in the pulpit on April 2, 1865 when President Davis received his famous telegram from Gen. Lee and had to leave services immediately. Charles Minnegerode was also the first civilian allowed to visit President Davis after his arrest by the Yankees.

James Thornley Berry was a Sgt. with the 9th Ky Inf, Co. H. but transferred to the C.S. Navy in April, 1864.
 Buried in   Sec. Q  Lot 69;  Born: 1841;  Buried:  11 April 1905


Mortimer Murray Benton, Sec. A, Buried: 12/19/1932, resigned from Annapolis in April, 1861 & returned to KY. He respected Ky's neutrality till it became clear that the Yankees did not and he enlisted in the Confederate Navy as a Midshipman on March 12, 1862. Rose to rank of 1st Lt. in 1864. Served on CSS Gaines 1862; the CSS Harriet Lane 1863; CS ram Webb 1863; was engaged in fitting out the CSS Tennessee 1864; Commanding CSS Roanoke, James River 1864: served on the CSS Tallahassee 1864; CSS Virginia II 1864; Charleston Station 1864; Drewry's Bluff 1864; was put in command of a company of "blue jackets" in the naval brigade and was captured at Sayler's Creek, 6 April 1865; was held first at the Old Capitol Prison and then Johnson's Island until June of 1865.

William Haldeman,  Section Q,  fought at Jackson and Chickamauga, then "spent some time at the naval academy" after which he joined Co. G, 9th Kentucky Infantry and finished the war with them. He was UCV commander and that fact is
on his tombstone. Was Midshipman on the CSS Patrick Henry from June 1864-December 1864.

Above images, information & locations courtesy Darlene M Mercer of KY and  contact information courtesy Geoffrey Walden
Breathitt County (Watkins Ceme)

2nd Class Fireman and coal handler on CSS Torpedo
Photo courtesy Ron Smith

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