Volume 1, Number 5
Does the name Edmund Aday mean anything to you?
The inscription on his grave stone reads: Edmund Aday Company E. 2nd Arkansas Cavalry.
This Confederate soldier is buried in an open field on the farm presently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Chastain, on Crane RFD 2. It is not far from a road that runs west in front of the C. B. Gardner farm home in the old Black Jack settlement, and not many miles south and a bit east from the closest point on the Old Wire Road.
In time of the War, troops were stationed all up and down the Wire Road, mostly camping far enough away for safety. If burials could be made, the dead were buried wherever they happened to die, and the graves marked. Later, when the exact location had been established, some of the graves were officially marked, this being true of Confederate men more than of Union soldiers.
The location of Edmund Aday's grave is: Section 34, Township 26, Range 24.
--Mary Scott Hair
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