Posted: Richmond Register: Sunday, May 24, 2015 12:31 am
By Dean Whitaker / Register Correspondent
If you visit the Richmond Cemetery, you will see the military tombstones and memorial stones for many veterans who have served our country from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism.
Local civic organizations place American flags on many of the graves in preparation for Memorial Day. Families also place flags on many of their relatives’ and friends’ military graves at this and other times of the year.
Our rural cemeteries have many military stones and markers that dot the landscapes. Some of these are decorated with flags during the year while many have no family left who remember their service to our country. Some Madison County veterans are buried in a cemetery far from their native land they left when called to serve.
Absolem Tudor was laid to rest in grave No. 2371 in Andersonville, Ga. He was a Civil War soldier who enlisted in the Union Army in Company A, 11th Kentucky Cavalry.
Sidney Barnes was laid to rest somewhere in the city of Richmond, Va. He was a Civil War soldier who enlisted in the Union Army in Company K, 1st Kentucky Cavalry.
The 1st Kentucky and the 11th Kentucky Regiments were often assigned to the same brigade. Both men were captured during cavalry engagements prior to the Battle of Knoxville, Tenn.
Absolem Tudor was born in Madison County about 1830. His parents were John Hooker Tudor and Phoebe Frier Tudor.
He married Elizabeth Jane Cotton in December 1858 in Madison County, and they had two children before he enlisted.
He joined Capt. Pond’s Company A, 11th Kentucky Union Cavalry, on Aug. 18, 1862, and mustered in on Sept. 22, 1862, in Louisville. He was captured Nov. 14, 1863, at the cavalry skirmish at Maryville, Tenn., and transferred to Belle Island Prison in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 7, 1863. From there he was moved to Andersonville prison in Georgia on February 14th, 1864, where he died from disease June 25, 1864, and was buried in grave No. 2371.
Sidney Barnes was born in Madison County about1830. His parents were Shadrack Barnes and Nancy Roberts. He married Lucinda Moberly in November 1854, and they had three children before he enlisted.
He joined Captain Burrus’ Company K, 1st Kentucky Union Cavalry on Sept. 25, 1861, and mustered in on Oct. 28, 1861, at Camp Dick Robinson in Garrard County. He was captured Oct. 20, 1863. at the Battle of Philadelphia, Tenn., and transferred to Belle Island Prison in Richmond, Va., on Nov. 1, 1863. He was moved to Howard’s Grove Hospital on Feb. 16, 1864, where he died from disease Feb. 23, 1864, and was buried in a grave that is now unknown and unmarked.
There are many Madison County soldiers who served their country who share the same fate as Absolem Tudor and Sidney Barnes.
We need to remember all the veterans buried in our local cemeteries, and also remember there are others buried far from home, some in marked graves and some in unknown graves.