Mysterious note sheds light on Claiborne County unknown soldier'

Mysterious note sheds light on Claiborne County unknown soldier's identity

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An unknown Civil War soldier buried on a hillside in Claiborne County. An unknown Civil War soldier buried on a hillside in Claiborne County.
Some clues left at the grave could finally give that soldier an identity. Some clues left at the grave could finally give that soldier an identity.
"He's finally getting the recognition he deserves for his service," said Manning. "He's finally getting the recognition he deserves for his service," said Manning.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

CUMBERLAND GAP (WATE) - It is a story many in Claiborne County have heard. An unknown Civil War soldier buried on a hillside, but some clues left at the grave could finally give that soldier an identity.

The story has been passed down for generations of grave marked only by a small stone, tucked away in the back of Kibert Cemetery in the hills of Cumberland Gap.

Many of Ursula Manning's relatives are buried there, and for her whole life she has heard the story of the unknown Civil War soldier.

"The story that's always been passed through the time is that during the Civil War the soldier was wounded. When he passed away they carried him up the hill and buried him here," said Manning. "We never knew who it was so a few of the women in the community had all got together and bought a stone."

For years the grave of this unknown soldier sat in the back of the cemetery alone as a mystery, but then a wreath appeared on top of the grave with a note giving the soldier an identity.

"My mother was moving the wreath as we were cleaning off around the grave and I seen that she had stopped and when I asked her what it was she was reading it to me," said Manning.

It reads, "The Civil War soldier is Andrew J. Hensley...My brother and I put up Andrew's stone."

And there it was just feet away. His stone, ending a century old mystery.

"He's finally getting the recognition he deserves for his service," said Manning.

She says the note must have been placed on the grave in the last couple of months, because they come periodically to maintain the property.

Who wrote it remains a mystery.
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