Vicksburg National Cemetery
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Roll of Honor

(No. XXIV)

Names of Soldiers

Who Died in

Defense of the American Union

Interred in the

National Cemeteries


Vicksburg, Miss., and New Albany, Ind.

"Such graves as these are hallowed shrines
Shrines to no code or creed confined--
The Delphian vales, the Palestines,
The Meccas of the mind."

Washington, D. C., August 9, 1869.

The following volume (XXIV) of Rolls of Honor prepared in the cemeterial branch of this office, under the direction of Brevet Brigadier General Alex. J. Perry, Quartermaster United States Army, and containing the records of the graves of eighteen thousand three hundred and seventy-five (18,375) Union Soldiers interred in the national cemeteries at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and New Albany, Indiana, is published by authority of the Secretary of War for the information of their surviving comrades and friends.

Quartermaster General,
Brevet Major General U.S.A.


The Vicksburg National Cemetery is located at Vicksburg, Mississippi, a short distance above the city, covering the ground upon which stood the rebel batteries that offered most effective resistance to the passage of our gunboats past the city. The entire side-hill toward the river has been converted into terraces, and the dead have been interred from near the bank of the river to the road at the summit of the hill.

It contains forty acres, purchased at a cost of nine thousand dollars. The site was selected and recommended by Major General T. J. Wood and Brevet Brigadier General H. M. Whittesley, A. Q. M.

To the present date the remains of fifteen thousand five hundred and eight Union soldiers have been interred here, of which ten thousand and twenty-seven are white and five thousand five hundred and fifty-three colored. Of the white soldiers two fifths are among the known, while of the colored there are but two one-hundredths known; and of the whole number interred the records show three-fourths unknown.

These dead have been gathered throughout the entire region of General Grant's campaign against Vicksburg, from Rodney, a short distance on the river below Bruinsburg--the point of landing in the crossing of the river to approach Vicksburg in the rear. On the east the search extended to Meridian, and on the north up the Yazoo, and in the interior to the district from which the dead were removed to Memphis. On the west bank of the Mississippi River the dead have been brought from Lake Providence, Milliken's Bend, Young's Point, and De Soto, and down the river to the place of crossing.

The interments in this cemetery are not yet completed. None but unknown, however, are now found, and after so long a lapse of time, and in a soil like that on the banks of the Mississippi, it must soon become impossible, if it is not already so, to distinguish the remains of a soldier from those of a citizen.

27th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry
Roll of Honor
Vicksburg National Cemetery, Mississppi

No. Name Rank Co. Date of
Sec. No. of
Original Place of Interment
1523 Davidson, Isaac E. Pvt. K June 2, 1864 L 558 Vicksburg, Miss.
1602 Horton, Barney R. Pvt. G May 30, 1864 * L 556 Vicksburg, Miss
1750 Schlake, Henry Pvt. D June 5, 1864 I 719 Vicksburg, Miss.
1791 Tharp, Jefferson P. Pvt. A June 6, 1864 * I 647 Vicksburg, Miss.

* Indicates a discrepancy between the Roll of Honor and The Iowa Roster and Records of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion. I recognize the difference, but have no way of knowing which (if either) is correct.