The Jefferson Jimplecute, Jefferson, Texas
May 17, 1907
Lonely Confederate Graves
A dispatch from Caddo, Indian Territory says under a small cluster of trees and almost hidden by brush and briars, near Atoka, there are the graves of eighteen Confederate soldiers who gave their lives to the cause of the South. Each of these graves is marked with the initials of the dead soldier, scratched on crude stone slabs with pocket knives, and in addition are the letters C. S. A. and the date, August 23, 1863.
Often efforts have been made to learn the true history of how these solider came to their death. There is no very authentic information on the matter, though there are several conflicting stories. The best information is that given by a very old Indian who lives at Caddo. He says Quantrill, Bill Anderson, and the two Todd captains were passing that way with a company of about 200 men when they were ambushed by a regiment of Federal soldiers. The Confederates were driven from the timber to the prairie where a number of them were slain and the dead left on the field. Later, Quantrill returned to the spot and marked the graves of his men by scratching their initials on the stones he erected, with the date of death.
The graves are not more than fifty feet from the main track of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railway, but they cannot be seen by the traveler on account of the undergrowth which covers them. Perhaps some Clay or Platte county man can give the information as to who they were. Liberty Advance (Mo.)
Any or every confederate camp in the Territory or Oklahoma ought to take steps to preserve these graves.