Posted by: smyrnatnhistory | October 23, 2008

Ethelbert Barksdale

Ethelbert Barksdale was the younger brother of Confederate General William Barksdale.  He was born in Smyrna on January 4th, 1824.  He moved to Mississippi as a young man and was elected to the Confederate States Congress in 1861.  He represented the state of Mississippi until 1865.  After the war, he represented Mississippi in the US Congress from 1883 – 1887.  Ethelbert died on February 17, 1893 and was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  This is the same cemetery that serves as the final resting place for his older brother who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Their parents and grandparents are rumored to be buried in the Barksdale Cemetery in Smyrna.

More information and a picture of Ethelbert can be found here.



  1. […] cemetery. Also buried here is his 3rd wife, Mary Barksdale Read. If I am remembering correctly, the William Barksdale family arrived in the area around 1808. Was she part of this family? Did the Barksdales follow the Reads […]

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