Flags were placed at the tombstones of the Veterans buried at the historic
Nashville City Cemetery on Memorial Day.
Six of these Veterans served in two wars and two Veterans served in three wars. In two
wars: Robert Armstrong, Creek & Seminole wars; William Carroll in Creek War & War of
1812; Dr. John Shelby, in Creek War & War of 1812; Dr. Samuel Hogg, Creek War &
War of 1812, Dr. Wm. D. Dorris, Seminole & Mexican wars; Samuel Read Anderson,
Mexican War & Civil War (C.S.A.), Samuel Chester Godshall, Mexican War & Civil War
(C.S.A.), Richard S. Ewell, Mexican & Civil War (C.S.A.); Felix K. Zollicoffer, Seminole &
Civil War (C.S.A.) and in three wars: Major Jeffrey Lockalier, Creek, War of 1812 and
Seminole wars & Bushrod R. Johnson, Seminole, Mexican & Civil War (C.S.A.)
The earliest burial of a soldier in the City Cemetery was for Howell Tatum, Revolutionary War
soldier, who died in 1822. The latest burial for a soldier was Thomas McCutchon Wadley,
service in World War II, who died in 2009.
Five of these veterans were doctors: Dr. Samuel Hogg, Creek War; Dr. William P. Lawrence,
War of 1812; Dr. John Shelby, Creek War & War of 1812; Dr. Wm. D. Dorris, Seminole and
Mexican wars; Dr. Frank W. Armstrong, Civil War (CSA).
One veteran was African-American: Major Jeffrey Lockalier, "free man of color" as reported
in his obituary on September 27, 1830, served under Andrew Jackson during the Creek War,
at the Battle of New Orleans during War of 1812 and the Seminole War.
One of these Veterans later served as Mayor of Nashville: S.V.D. Stout in 1841. One
Veteran was elected Governor of Tennessee and served 12 years: William Carroll, serving
all but two years between 1821 & 1835.
Five soldiers were Killed in Action: In the Mexican War: James Hart Allison. In the Civil
War, all in Confederate service: Major Henry M.R. Fogg, Lt. Joseph Pollard, Sergt. White
Turpin and Brig. Gen. Felix K. Zollicoffer.
Five Veterans were buried in family cemeteries and later re-interred at the Nashville City
Cemetery: Service in the American Revolution: John Bradford, John Cockrill, Andrew Ewing,
Joel Lewis and in the Civil War (CSA) Bushrod R. Johnson. One veteran, James Robertson,
in the Revolution and also the Founder of Nashville, was first buried where he died in 1814 at
the Chickasaw Agency and re-interred 1825 in City Cemetery.
Two Veterans are buried in the same family lot, Lt. Lipscomb Norvell, American Revolution,
and his son Hendrick Norvell, U.S. Navy in the 1830s. Two World War Veterans, a father
and a son are buried side by side: John Albert Wadley, in World War I., and his son
Thomas McCutchon Wadley, service in World War II.
During the Civil War, many Federal and Confederate soldiers were buried in the City
Cemetery. After the war years, 3,021 Federal soldiers were re-interred at the Nashville
National Cemetery. And 1,400 Confederate soldiers were reburied in the Confederate Circle
at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
On Memorial Day 2010, flags were placed for Ann B. Rogers Winston & Ann Robertson
Cockrill, American Patriots, and Septima Sexta Middleton Rutledge and her husband
Henry M. Rutledge, children of Signers of the Declaration.
Prepared by Fletch Coke. 5-24-2010