This poem appeared in Confederate Veteran Magazine, Volume XVI, No. 4, in April 1908, accompanied by the following explanation:
"In the Confederate cemetery near Charlottesville, Va., a beautiful spot in what is called the 'Ragged Mountains,' there are no mounds nor headstones to mark the individual graves -- just a smooth plot, verdant with grass and surrounded by a moss-grown old brick wall. But in the center there is a monument surmounted by a Confederate soldier in bronze. On the pedestal there is a bronze tablet inscribed with the names of the soldiers who sleep within the inclosure. All of the names are given in full, like 'Stephen Douglas Morgan,' etc., except one near the middle of the list which reads 'Jim of Biloxi.'
"Miss Alice Graham, a talented young lady of Monroe, La., daughter of Capt. John H. Graham, of the Confederate service (now dead), spent last summer at Charlottesville. She visited the cemetery; and being impressed with the romantic suggestion made by the unique inscription of the soldier without a name, wrote the following poem, which is copied from the New Orleans Picayune."
This poem was contributed by Tony Kruse, whose great grandmother maintained that the anonymous "Jim" of the title was her uncle Jim Clark of Biloxi, Mississippi, who fought with the 16th Mississippi Infantry, Company F (the "Jasper Greys"), but never returned home from the War. Although not as well known as James Lindsay Gordon's "Jim ---, of Biloxi", it is equally moving.
"Jim of Biloxi"
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