"...Before the war was over, Misses Barksdale traveled to Gettysburg to retrieve the body of her husband. She took William's dog along. When they reached the grave where Barksdale was buried, the dog began to act peculiar. When they began digging, the dog began to behave irrationally. Once the body was removed and placed in the wagon, the dog could not be coaxed away from the grave. Misses Barksdale spent the night in Gettysburg and before leaving the next morning attempted once more to take the dog home. Still the dog would allow no one to approach the old grave. Barksdale's wife was forced to leave the dog in Gettysburg and return home to Mississippi. The dog refused to leave his masters old grave site and within a week died of dehydration. Barksdale's dog now rests in the original grave of William Barksdale, somewhere in the backyard of the Hummelbaugh house at Gettysburg.
Local legend states that Barksdale's voice can still be heard there begging for water and at other times his dog can still be heard howling mournfully for his lost master."