Re: Capt. Graves company??
It is true Captain Graves was killed by Blount County tories in May of 1865. He is buried with a CSA monument in the Blountsville cemetery. I have been collecting information on Captain Graves for a few years now. From what I gather, there was much intrigue surrounding the assassination of the Captain. He was involved in rounding up local deserters and when a young man named Callahan was allegedly tortured and killed when he resisted being returned to the 19th infantry. The Callahan family moved to Tennessee and it was said the father came back to Blount county and murdered Graves in retribution for his son's death. Jefferson Callahan immediately fled back to Tennessee. In 1878 in response to a $1000 reward posted, he was captured and brought back to Blountsville for trial on requisition of the Governor of alabama. He was eventually released for lack of evidence. The Blountsville newspaper reported the indictment was "defective."
Graves had his own problems with the tories. His home south of Blountsville was plundered while he was in Jefferson county with his command and he had to come home and remove his family to safety in Blountsville. His widow lived until 1893 and was buried near the old home place south of Blountsville.