Mr. Martin, thanks for your response and interest in this matter because it has been troubling me for a long time.
First off, I am from Gibbstown, MS which is pretty much halfway between the town of Lake and Conehatta, MS. As you know, Conehatta is where the Choctaw Indian's Reservation is located. I myself am actually part Yaqui and part Shawnee Indian with the rest being Caucasian. I am a Civil War buff, and of course I had been doing research on Newton Co. when I stumbled on this article that reached out to my very soul.
I am very amazed and stupified at the fact that this story of tragedy, of bravery , of loyalty hasnt been even so much as thought about since then.....I mean they make Civil War movies all the time, they make awesome Native American History movies about things far less than this! THIS IS A STORY, dont you think, Mr. Martin?
Anyway, about the bridge: All I know about is a wreath that was put ther many yrs. ago at the site of the crash (they think its the site, anyway).
I want so badly to give all of these men a tombstone, a proper service, something!
Oh and would it have hurt to have given a medal to those awesome Choctaw Braves?
Anyway,, thanks for letting me vent....you have a very wonderful site! It is precious to me.