Grave marker memorializing Edmund Kirby-Smith

Item

Legacies Classification
Memorial Object
Memorial Type
Plaque/Marker
Memorial Context
Memorialized Subject
Title
Grave marker memorializing Edmund Kirby-Smith
Background and Context
The grave marker for Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith in the University Cemetery at Sewanee, the University of the South. A long-time member of Sewanee's faculty, Kirby Smith died in March 1893. The Confederate Veteran publication carried an item in December 1894, soliciting donations for the $1,000 estimated cost of the monument, and anticipating its dedication at the University of the South commencement exercises in August 1895. Its actual date of installation is unknown.
Physical Description
Stone memorial, 8 feet tall, surmounted by a cross. Inscribed on all sides.
Memorial Inscription
Front:
Crest (unidentified)
EDMUND KIRBY-SMITH
Born at St. Augustine, Fla.
May 16, 1824
Died at Sewanee, Tenn.
March 28, 1895

Right side:
Cerro Gordo.
Contreras.
Manassas, Va.
Richmond, Ky.
Red River, Ark.

Left side:
Crest: C.S.A. [and] U.S.
Includes crossed swords; three stars for Confederate rank; one star for U.S. rank.

Major 2, Cav. U.S.A.
Jan’y 1861.
General C.S.A. Feb. 1861.
Prof. Unv’y of the South
1875-1893.

Reverse side:
CASSIE SELDEN.
Wife of
EDMUND KIRBY-SMITH
Born at Lynchburg, Va.
Sept. 26, 1837.
Died Sewanee, Tenn.
Nov. 3, 1907.
Her children arise up and call her blessed
Campus Location
Location: Institution, City, State

Position: 70 (13 views)