Independent historian Jess McLean of Dallas, author of the only compendium of the troops of the 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment is trying to preserve this old grave in Lyons, southwest of College Station, Texas.
The lieutenant named on the tombstone, William H. Davis, began the war as a private in the 13th’s Spartan Band (later Company H) and was the last officer in command of the tiny remnant of the regiment when it surrendered at Appomattox in 1865.
Somehow 1LT Davis, who was from Chickasaw County, Mississippi, wound up buried on private property in Lyons. Jess still is trying to figure out exactly how that happened as well as trying to interest the Sons of Confederate Veterans in protecting the grave with a fence. It needs one because the new landowner’s seasonal mowing has periodically scarred the stone and knocked it down