Atoka Confederate Memorial Cemetery
Atoka, Oklahoma

The cemetery was first established by travelers on the Butterfield Stage road who camped at a spring just north of the Middle Boggy River (today known as Muddy Boggy). During the Civil War, Confederate forces kept an outpost camp at the spring to guard the route to Boggy Depot which lay some 15 miles to the southwest. In the winter of 1862, Colonel C.L. Dawson's 19th Arkansas Infantry was assigned to help build earthen works at Fort McCulloch. Enroute from Ft. Smith, AR to Fort McCulloch, measles swept through the regiment and some of the men were forced to camp at Middle Boggy. Those who died were buried in the small cemetery on the north side of the Middle Boggy River. Crude sandstone markers inscribed with the soldier's name, date of death and the letters C.S.A. were placed on the graves. When the cemetery was dedicated in 1959 by Oklahoma historian Muriel Wright, it was believed that the soldiers buried in the cemetery died in a skirmish known as the Battle of Middle Boggy, February 13, 1864. Through continued research at the National Archives in 1988, Site Manager Gwen Walker positively identified several of the soldiers and discovered the measles epidemic.
 
Source: Oklahoma Historical Society

 
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(October 14, 2012) Enlarge Confederate graves on the grounds of the Confederate Memorial Museum and Cemetery. It is the only designated Confederate Cemetery in the state of Oklahoma

(October 14, 2012) Enlarge Confederate graves

             

(October 14, 2012) Enlarge Marker dedicated in 1959 claiming the soldiers' buried here died in battle

(October 14, 2012) Enlarge Looking south from the dedication marker

     

(October 14, 2012) Enlarge Rock-walled plot south of the Confederate graves

 

(October 14, 2012) Enlarge Close-up of the plot and grave of Confederate soldier, William Rodgers, Co. E, 1st Cherokee Regt.

     
 

(October 14, 2012) Enlarge William Rogers, Co. E, 1st Cherokee Regt.

 

(October 14, 2012) Enlarge The cemetery and trace of the Butterfield Stage Road

     
 

(October 14, 2012) Enlarge Butterfield Trail 150th Anniversary Commemorative Monument near the cemetery

 

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