A. W. Gould – Tombstone Inscription

Gould, A. W.

Section 10 Footstone “A. W. G.”

Footstone ID # 100020

During the Tombstone Inscription Project 2005, the headstone was broken off and missing. In 2009, the footstone was restored. Inscription could be read: “A. W. G.” (May 2010)

1908 Plat: A. W. Gould 1840-1863 Section 10 Lot 1
1909 Alphabetical List of the Dead: A. W. Gould Section 10 Lot 1 Lot Owner James Gould
1908 Smith Inscription: A. W. Gould July 12, 1840–June 26, 1863
1971 Garrett Inscription: “The headstone is broken and fallen and illegible, can only be identified by footstone A. W. G. This is the grave of Andrew Wills Gould.”
Interment Book: 2-9-1866. A. W. Gould. Elm & Magnolia (avenues at the corner Gould lot)
Note: The Sexton incorrectly listed “Pistol Shot” for cause of death.

Nashville Banner,
April 29, 1911.

“The Personal Encounter between General Forrest and Lieutenant Gould,” by Frank Smith, Secretary of Maury County Historical Society.
As a boy, he had witnessed the conflict, during the Civil War, in Columbia, Tennessee, which resulted in A.W. Gould’s stab wound on June 13th and death on June 26, 1863. In this article, Mr. Smith wrote as follows: “In the Maury County Historical Society is the account book of Lamb & Barr, Undertakers, which shows cash received for Lieutenant Gould’s coffin $128. The remains were removed to Nashville and are buried in the family lot in the old City Cemetery. A plain headstone has the simple lettering:

A. W. Gould
July 12, 1840
June 26, 1863″

Frank Smith’s History of Maury County, TN. Research notes compiled and published by the Maury County Historical Society, 1969. Page 245. “Gould buried at Rose Hill (cemetery in Columbia) and afterwards removed to Nashville.”

Note:When Lt. Gould died in Columbia, Tennessee on June 26, 1863, it was during the Civil War. Nashville was occupied by the Federal Army. No transportation to Nashville for the purpose of burial of a Confederate soldier would have been possible at that time. Reburial of the remains of Lt. Gould took place, as shown in the Interment Book, in the Nashville City Cemetery on February 9, 1866. His father James Gould, who was living at the time of reburial, would have ordered the tombstone and its inscription. Less than six months later, James Gould was buried in the Gould family lot on August 2, 1866.

Report: 5-31-2010

After 2009 Restoration

A. W. Gould
enlarge image

Gould Family Lot
enlarge image

CLICK HERE for more information