Confederate Congressional Medal of Honour

Historical Marker #1183 commemorates three Daviess County Confederate soldiers who were honored by Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Albert M. Hathaway, John L. Bell, and Mathias Garrett were three of seventy-two Kentucky Confederate soldiers given such honor for their actions while in the Confederate Army.

Hathaway was appointed second corporal in 1861 and then second lieutenant in 1863. He fought at the Battle of Stones River, where he was wounded in the leg and then captured. After he was exchanged and rejoined his company, he fought at Jackson, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face Gap, Resaca, Dallas, Peachtree Creek, Utoy Creek, and Jonesboro. He died in 1883 and is buried at the Elmwood Cemetery in Owensboro.

Bell was appointed first sergeant in 1861 in the 4th Kentucky Infantry and was elected second lieutenant in 1862. He fought at the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Stones River, Jackson, and Chickamauga. It was at this last battle that Bell was killed in the last charge on September 20, 1863. He is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery.

Garret was a private in Company K of the 4th Kentucky Infantry Regiment. He fought at Baton Rouge, Stones River, Jackson, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face Gap, Resaca, Dallas, and Atlanta at Peachtree and Intrenchment Creeks. At Intrenchment Creek, Garrett was severely wounded in the shoulder but rejoined his regiment in the fall of 1864.