On this site the injured from the Battle near Petersburg Virginia were cared for until either returning home or passing away. 54 brave Confederate soldiers gave their all for their beliefs and are now laid to rest under this ground. Only the dead from the near by General Hospital One are buried in Kittrell Cemetery. Kittrell General Hospital was established due to the town of Kittrells location near a rail road junction utilizing the former Kittrell Springs Hotel.
The Kittrell Confederate Cemetery is all that
remains of the roughly 2,160 soldiers that passed through Confederate General
Hospital One at Kittrell Springs North Carolina. The hospital was placed in
Kittrell NC due to its location on a rail road junction allowing easy access to
Hospital One was located in the old Kittrell Springs Hotel that was owned by
Major Charles C. Blacknall and his brother. Major Blacknall was part of the
Battle of Gettysburg being wound in the mouth and captured. Later being
promoted to Lt. Colonel while still captive on September 1, 1863 and freed
during a prisoner swap in March 1864. Subsequently LT. Col Blacknall was
mortally wound in the Third battle of Winchester on September 19th
1864, dying from to his wounds on November 6th 1864.
Of the 2,160 men that
came to be treated at Confederate General Hospital One only 54 died and are
buried in the Kittrell Cemetery. The men were treated by the medical staff but
also treated spiritually by Rev. Matthias M. Marshall the minister of the only
church in town, the Saint James Episcopal Church. Not only ministering to the
living, the funerals for each soldier were held in the church with their names,
ranks, companies, addresses, type of disease, dates of admission, and times of
death are recorded in the churches official records.2
The men of Kittrell
Confederate Cemetery were from four states; Virginia, North Carolina, South
Carolina, and Georgia. Some of these were teenaged youths in the North Carolina
Junior Reserves. These men are listed below. The cemetery is owned and
maintained by the Vance County Chapter No. 42 , United Daughters of the
Kittrell Confederate Cemetery
Pvt. Walter G. Bagnall, 13th Va. Cav • Pvt. John C. Barnes, 5th S.C. Cav. •
Pvt. Paul A.. Barringer, 1st N.C. Cav. • Pvt. W. A. Beaver, 2nd N.C. Jr. Res. •
Pvt. Hugh W. Brown, Co. A, 26th S.C. Inf. • Pvt. William Brown, 35th Va. Cav. •
Pvt. Thomas A. Bryson, 25th N.C. Inf. • Pvt. J.C. Corzine, 2nd N.C. Jr. Res. •
Pvt. W.A. Dixon, 24th Inf. • Sgt. Fendell C. Donella, 11th Va. Inf. • Pvt. J.A.
Earnhart, 1st N.C. Cav. • Pvt. J.T. Edwards, 5th N.C. Cav. • Pvt. James Eley,
68th N.C. Troops • Pvt. E.C. Elliott, 1st N.C. Cav. • Pvt. Marmaduke Gay, Anderson’s
N.C. Res. • Pvt. L.J. Gilstrap, 6th S.C. Cav. • Pvt. J.H. Givins, 2nd N.C. Jr.
Res. • Pvt. Gordan, 2nd N.C. Jr. Res. • Pvt. Larken M. Green, 56th N.C. Inf. •
Pvt. William D. Gregorie, 3rd S.C. Cav. • Pvt. Alexis Griffin, 6th N.C. Jr.
Res. • Pvt. E.M. Hamrick, 2nd N.C. Jr. Res. • Pvt. Wesley Hargrove, 5th N.C.
Jr. Res. • Pvt. Moses L. Headrick, 1st N.C. Jr. Res. • Pvt. Lindsay L.
Henderson, 33rd N.C. Cav. • Pvt. J.I. Howell, 2nd N.C. Jr. Res. • Pvt. T.
Jones, 68th N.C. Troops • Pvt. William B. Kennedy, 1st N.C. Cav. • Pvt. J.L.
Lenair, 7th Ga. Cav. • Pvt. William W. Latham, 6th S.C. Cav. • Pvt. John
Locklair, 23rd S.C. Inf. • Sgt. James T. McDow, 4th S.C. Cav. • Pvt. Josiah S.
Mimms, 11th S.C. Inf. • Pvt. H.P. Privatt, 3rd N.C. Jr. Res. • Pvt. William H.
Pruitt, 1st N.C. Cav. • Pvt. M.A. Riddick, 5th N.C. Cav. • Pvt. William A.
Roach, Hane’s Light Dutymen • Pvt. J.A. Robbins, 51st N.C. Inf. • Pvt. W.
Robertson, Hart’s S.C. Battery • Pvt. R.H. Robinson, 2nd N.C. Jr. Res. • Pvt.
S.B. Robinson, 2nd N.C. Jr. Res. • Pvt. L.E. Saunders, 2nd N.C. Jr. Res. • Pvt.
E. or J. Stark, 67th N.C. Inf. • Pvt. W. Sutton, 56th N.C. Inf. • Pvt. R.P.
Sutton, 56th N.C. Inf. • Pvt. R.P. Todd, 68th N.C. Troops • Pvt. Thomas J.
Tuttero, 10 Va. Cav. • Pvt. J.C. Wagner, 1st N.C. Jr. Res. • Pvt. C. Watson,
27th S.C. Inf. • Pvt. J.M. West, 10th N.C. Heavy Arty. • Sgt. Henry Williams,
2nd N.C. Cav. • 4 Unknowns 1