John Calvert
Captain, Company E, 5th Kentucky Infantry Regiment (CSA)


The following is taken exactly as it appears from "Confederate Veterans Interred in the Confederate Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia," by Larry O. Blair & Thomas E. Lyle, 1991, pages 3 - 5. Reprinted with permission of the authors.


Perhaps one of the most descriptive remaining accounts of a burial in the Marietta Confederate Cemetery during the war years of the 1800's is that given in a letter owned by Mrs. Shannon Ross of Arlington, Texas. In this most valuable family heirloom is recorded the death and subsequent burial of her great-great-grandfather, Captain John Calvert of Company E, of the 5th Kentucky.

Captain Calvert was wounded during the battle of Chickamauga and was shortly brought to a military hospital in Marietta on September 24, 1863. After the amputation of his lower left leg, from just below the knee, his condition grew steadily worse until he passed away on October 2nd.

A Mr. Monroe, formerly of Frankfort Kentucky, would go "around, (to) the hospitals for the purpose of finding all the Kentuckians and affording them all the relief and comfort in his power." Mr. Monroe became friendly with the Captain ande visited and offered much comfort as did former "exiled" Kentuckians.

"In the evening, (Mr. Monroe) made the necessary arrangements for, (Captain Calvert's) interment the next day with the military honors justly due him. He, (Mr. Monroe) went himself for this purpose to the Military College superintended by Gen. ____, (Francis Withers Capers -- some years ago superintendent of the Military Institute near Frankfort, Ky.) and readily obtained his promise to have the funeral conducted by his officers and cadets. It was done accordingly."

"The military were accompanied by a precession of the slightly wounded and convalescent soldiers, companions in arms of the noble dead, and a number of exiled Kentuckians residing in and around Marietta. The man was buried in a cemetery laid out for the bodies of the officers and soldiers who might hereafter die in this city. Doctor Miller of Louisville was the first here buried. Since, about twenty have been laid by his side. We can not tell how many of the wounded from this dreadful battle will be added."

It is interesting to note that the mentioned Dr. W. H. Miller died September 9, 1863. The famous train collision, with its resulting fatalities, was on Sunday, September 14th, 1863. Captain Calvert was buried October 3rd, 1863.

The twenty or so burials mentioned in the Ross letter are most certainly casualties from the train wreck. Captain Calvert apparently must have been either the first or one of the very first interments in the Marietta Confederate Cemetery resulting from battlefield wounds.


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