Wednesday, August 27, 2014

N.C. Confederates Buried at Arlington-- Part 25: Captured, Exchanged, Wounded, Wounded and Captured Again

JAMES R. SPRY, Private, Co. B, 8th N.C.: Born in Currituck County where he resided as a farmer before enlisting at age 19 on August 5, 1861, for war.  Captured at Roanoke Island on Feb. 8, 1862, and paroled at Elizabeth City on Feb. 20, 1862.  Exchanged at Aikens Landing, James River, Va., on Nov. 10, 1862.

Present or accounted for until wounded near Drewry's Bluff, Va., on or about May 13, 1864.  Rejoined company prior to Sept. 30, 1864.

Wounded in left arm and captured at Fort Harrison, Va..  Hospitalized at Fort Monroe, Va., then transferred to Point Lookout, Maryland around October 5, 1864.  Paroled Point Lookout and transferred to Boulware's Wharf, James River, Va., where he was received March 19, 1865, for exchange.

Died Feb. 12, 1924 and buried at Arlington National Cemetery along with his wife, Mary.

--Old Secesh

N. C. Confederates Buried at Arlington National Cemetery-- Part 24

SIMEON SWANSON, color corporal, Co. E, 44th N.C.:  Born Franklin County where he resided as a farmer before enlisting at the age 20 on Feb. 13, 1862.  Mustered in as a private.  promoted to color corporal March-Oct. 1863.

Captured at Bristoe Station, Va. on Oct. 14, 1863.  Confined at Old Capitol Prison.  Hospitalized in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 1863 with "variola."  Died Jan. 12, 1864.

WILLIAM TUCKER, private Co. C, 33rd N.C.:  Resided Cabarrus County where he enlisted at age 21 on Feb. 22, 1862.  Present or accounted for until wounded in the thorax and captured at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863.

Hospitalized in Washington, D.C..  Died May 21, 1863 of wounds.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Victory & Surrender: Appomattox's 150th Anniversary-- Part 3

Among the cast members is a direct descendant of one of the notables in the event, the great-great-grandson of Union General Ulysses S. Grant, John G. Griffiths, 76, of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Griffiths wore the Union blue in the movie (it didn't mention whether he played his g-g-granddad, however), but said in the past he has re-enacted as a Confederate and has been an extra in other park service films and in Hollywood, including the epic film "Gettysburg."

Appomattox's 150th anniversary events are planned for April 8-12, 2015, culminating in the stacking of arms at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park's Historic Village.

--Old Secesh

Monday, August 25, 2014

Victory and Surrender-- 150th Anniversary of Appomattox-- Part 2

Because the new film is being shot in high definition with surround-sound, park staff decided to upgrade the projector and speakers for "more of a theater experience."

About 80 people volunteered to be in the film and a number of Appomattox County animals will also star in it.

The film calls for men about the average age of Civil War soldiers, 18-24, to accurately portray the time.
The Appomattox 1865 Foundation is responsible for casting the men and managing the animals.

In between takes, the park's historian re-positioned people and changed clothing to ensure authenticity.  They even slathered Appomattox red clay mud onto the horse's legs and men's boots and trousers, something that would have been seen a lot during the hard campaigning back in 1865.  The male actors did not shave for a week.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Victory and Surrender: Appomattox's 150th Anniversary-- Part 1

From the August 18, 2014, Marine Corps Times "Victory & Surrender" by AP.

New film and more for Appomattox's 150th anniversary.

A new film is being made featuring actors portraying the individuals from that momentous occasion almost 150 years ago.  Just like then, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant rode a horse to the McLean House in Appomattox, Virginia, followed by seven officers, where he was greeted by some of his soldiers.

This film is being made by the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and hopefully it will be finished in time for the 150th anniversary in April 2015.

In addition, it will include Gen. Robert E. Lee and the stacking of arms by Confederate soldiers after the surrender.  There will also be information not included in the park's current films, made in 1975 and 1980.  It will include Lincoln's assassination and the contributions of 3,000 black troops in the Appomattox Campaign and civilian life at Appomattox.

More to Come.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, August 21, 2014

N.C. Confederates Buried Arlington National Cemetery-- Part 23

WILLIAM A. SINK:  private Co. F, 5th N.C.:  Born in Davidson County where he resided before enlisting in Wake County at age 27, July 15, 1862, for war as a substitute.  Present or accounted for until captured at Crampton's Pass, Md., September 14, 1862.  paroled on or about Sept. 26, 1862.

Returned to duty prior to March 1, 1863 and present or accounted for until captured at Bristoe Station, Va., Oct. 14, 1863.  Confined Old Capitol Prison October 16, 1863.  Died in a Washington, D.C. hospital on Feb. 19, 1864, of "chronic diarrhoea."

WILLIAM STRAYHORN,  private Co. H, 1st N.C.:  Born Alamance County where resided as a farmer before enlisting at age 19 on May 21, 1861.  Present or accounted for until captured at Bristoe Station, Va., Oct. 14, 1863.

Confined at Old Capitol Prison on Oct. 15, 1863.  Died in a Washington, D.C. hospital Jan. 21, 1864, of "diarrhea chronica."

--Old Secesh

N.C. Confederates Buried Arlington-- Part 22

CHARLES W. RIEL (or RIAL),  corporal, Co.  H, 6th N.C.:  Born in Germany and resided in Guilford County before enlisting in Caswell County at age 27 on June 12, 1861, for war.  Mustered in as a private and promoted to corporal Oct. 1, 1862.

Present or accounted for until wounded in the right leg and captured at Rappahannock Station, Va., November 7, 1863.  Hospitalized in Washington, D.C. and died Nov. 14, 1863.

NATHAN A. ROGERS, private Co. F, 44th N.C. Infantry.  Born in Chatham County where he resided until enlisted at age 19 on March 11, 1862 at Love's Store.

Present or accounted for until captured at Bristoe Station, Va., Oct. 14, 1863.  Confined at Old Capitol Prison on October 15, 1863.  Died at Washington, D.C. hospital Dec. 7, 1863, of "diarrhea chronica."

Stay Away from Old Capitol Prison.  --  Old Secesh


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lincoln County, North Carolina

I came across this county's name on a couple soldiers buried at Arlington national Cemetery and was wondering about the name of the county.  Surely the state wouldn't name a county after the president of the Union.

They didn't, it was named for Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary War officer.

--Old Secesh

N.C. Confederates Buried Arlington National Cemetery-- Part 21

LEVI REINHARDT, private Co. F, 23rd N.C. Infantry:

His body was removed from Arlington National Cemetery in Octiber 1883, along with 106 others and reinterred in the Confederate Section at Raleigh's Oakwood Cemetery.

Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted March 10, 1863, for the war.  Present or accounted for until wounded in the leg and captured at Spottsylvania Court House, Va., May 12, 1864.

His leg was amputated.  Died at Carver Hospital in Washington D.C. hospital May 30, 1864, of "pyaemia."  Federal medical records give his age at 39 and is listed as the first Confederate soldier buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

N.C. Confederates Buried at Arlington Nat. Cemetery-- Part 20

URIAH RASH, private Co. H, 44th N.C..  No further information.

OBED REEP, private Co. K, 23rd N.C..  resided in Lincoln County.  Enlisted Iredell County at age 22 August 20, 1862, for war.

Present or accounted for until captured at Mine Run, Va., on Nov. 28, 1863.  Confined at Old Capitol Prison.  Died in Washington, D.C. hospital on Feb. 2, 1864, of "phthisis pulmonialis."

Getting sent to the Old Capitol Prison seemed to be tantamount to a death sentence.

--Old Secesh

N.C. Confederates Buried at Arlington-- Part 19

WILLIAM O. POLLARD, private Co. C, 44th N.C.:  Born and resided in Pitt County, farmer.  Enlisted Pitt County on Jan. 27, 1862.  Present or accounted for until captured at Bristoe Station, Va., on Oct. 14, 1863.  Confined at Old Capitol Prison.  Died Nov. 19, 1863, of "diarrhea chronica."

JOHN B. RALPH,  private Co. H, 5th N.C.:  Enlisted Halifax County at age 21 on May 30, 1861, for war.  Wounded and captured at Williamsburg, Va.m May 5, 1862.  Died of wound.  Place and date of death not reported.

--Old Secesh


Monday, August 18, 2014

N.C. Confederates Buried at Arlington-- Part 18

VIRGIL PLAFF, Private Co. D, 57th N.C.:  Resided Forsythe County where enlisted at age 20, July 4, 1862, for war.    Hospitalized in Richmond, Va., September 29, 1862, with measles.  Returned to duty Oct. 29, 1862.

Wounded in right leg and captured at Battle of Fredericksburg Dec. 13, 1862.  Right leg amputated.  Hospitalized in Washington, D.C. and died on or about December 29, 1862 of his wound.

--Old Secesh

N.C. Confederates Buried at Arlington-- Part 17

HENRY W. OVERCASH, Co. B, 57th N.C.:  Of Rowan County, enlisted at age 27 on July 4, 1862, for war.  Hospitalized Richmond, Va.,  September 22, 1862.  Furloughed for 20 days Oct. 16, 1862.  Returned to duty June-Feb. 1863.  Sent to hospital from camp near Port Royal, Va. Feb. 25, 1863.  Hospitalized Richmond April 25, 1863 with typhoid fever.  Transferred to another hospital May 1, 1863.

Returned to duty prior to September 1, 1863.  Wounded in chest and captured at Rappahannock Station, Virginia, November 7, 1863.  Hospitalized in Washington, D.C. and died of wounds Dec. 10, 1863.

Company B records show thirteen soldiers with the last name Overcash.

Just when he though he was over being sick.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

General Samuel Cooper, CSA

Some more information on him.

From Find-a-Grave site.

(1798-1876)  Graduated USMA in 1815 and assigned to various artillery units until 1837 when he was appointed chief clerk of the U.S, War Department.

Served in the Seminole and Mexican wars.  Appointed adjutant general in 1832.

Buried at Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia.

--Old Secesh

The Highest-Ranking Confederate Officer Is Generally Unknown

From the May 14, 2014, Washington Post "Alexandria lecture highlights the highest-ranking Confederate general" by Linda Wheeler.

Samuel Cooper is not a name known to most Civil War buffs, but he was actually the Confederacy's highest-ranking officer, even having seniority on Robert E. Lee.

There was a lecture given May 15th by Marion Dawson, his great-great granddaughter.

Cooper resided in Alexandria.  When the war began, he resigned as Adjutant General of the U.S. Army and volunteered his services to the newly-formed Confederacy.  He was named adjutant and inspector general and reported immediately to his old friend, Jefferson Davis.

Initially appointed with the rank of brigadier general, he was quickly promoted to full general, the first to hold that position in the Confederate Army, thereby outranking even Lee.

After Richmond fell, he took the records of the Confederacy and fled until captured in North Carolina, where he turned the records over.  These are the ones currently in the National Archives.

--Old Secesh