In 2009, research into the Illinois soldiers who fought here was able to identify the soldier as Mark Carr of Illinois, about 22 years old when he died. According to an article published in the Chicago Tribune, he was born in Indianapolis, moved with his family to Dixon, Illinois, and enlisted in the 34th Illinois Infantry, Co. I - the "Red River Rifles" - on September 7, 1861.
This is the only grave that sits within the park and it is passed by numerous hikers and joggers every day. Many still pause and place flowers on the grave nearly 150 years after his death.
|Illinois Monument, Kennesaw Mountain National Park|