Friday, February 27, 2015

Arlington Confederate Dead Reburied in North Carolina-- Part 3

The caskets were transferred to the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad and greeted by the Suffolk Grays in Suffolk.

They arrived in Raleigh on October 16th, 1883 and were moved to the Capitol building and laid in state over night.  The Raleigh Light Infantry stood guard all night while people paid their respects.  In the morning, the Fayetteville Independent Light Artillery relieved them as guard of honor.  Banks of flowers were placed over the four caskets.

On October 17th, there was a funeral procession march up Fayetteville Street.  Upon arrival at Capitol Square, the Raleigh Light Infantry and Bingham cadets brought the caskets to the east side and placed them in a funeral car.

Then, there was the march to the cemetery past streets lined with people.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Arlington Confederate Dead Reburied in North Carolina-- Part 2

The caskets of the North Carolina Confederate dead were escorted through the streets of Alexandria, Virginia, by an honor guard and placed on the steamer George Leary.  Free transportation was the Potomac Steamboat Company.

When the caskets arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, they were met by the Norfolk Light Artillery Blues, the Norfolk City Guard and old Confederate soldiers.  The procession passed by thousands.  Bells tolled and all flags were at half-mast.

When they arrived at Portsmouth, they were met by the Old Dominion Guards, Confederate veterans and the Ladies memorial Association.  Minute guns were fired by the Chambers Battery.

With Full Honors On Their Final Trip.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Confederate Soldiers' Tract Association: Religion in the Army

Yesterday, I mentioned in the blog entry about William W. Bennett, Methodist minister, that he was Superintendent of the Soldiers Tract Association at one time.  i was not aware of what that might mean, but since he was a preacher, imagined it must have something to do with Christianity.

I was not able to find any articles about the organization, but think it probably was centered on saving the soldiers' souls via becoming Christians.  This would probably include providing Bibles, hymnals and making sure there were enough chaplains for their needs.

It also probably had something to do with the evangelical revivals that swept through the Southern armies.

Just Thinking.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Arlington Confederate Dead Reburied in North Carolina-- Part 1

"The Arlington Dead in North Carolina" by Charles Purser.

The Raleigh Ladies' memorial Association, during the later part of September 1883, made arrangements to have North Carolina soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery returned home.

For 19 years they had been buried "in an almost secluded spot...their graves marked by a simple pine board on which was inscribed 'N.C. Rebel.""

In the first week of October 1883 the remains were disinterred and brought to Alexandria, Virginia, by undertaker Whitley and placed in four caskets for shipment to Raleigh.  Of course, there were many more than four bodies, but by then most of the bodies were no longer there.

--Old Secesh

Monday, February 23, 2015

Another Confederate Buried At Arlington National Cemetery: Chaplain W.W. Bennett

From the ANC site.

WILLIAM WOODHULL BENNETT, D.D.  Born 1821.  Methodist preacher.  Served in a variety of Methodist positions before, during and after the war.  Died 1887 and buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

He led the Centenary Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia, from 1862-1863.  He then was Superintendent of the Soldier's Tract Association and a chaplain in the Confederate Army until the end of the war.

He ran the blockade out of Charleston in the winter of 1865 and went to England to procure Bibles for the Confederate Army.  He wrote :The Great Revival in Southern Armies."

A noted educator as well.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The I.O.O.F.: Independent Order of Odd Fellows

From Wikipedia.

George Cadman was buried in the Laurel IOOF Cemetery in Madisonville, Ohio.  I have occasionally come across the group called Independent Order of Odd Fellows in my research.  There is also a marker for the Odd fellows Home in Goldsboro, N.C. on Ashe Street by Herman Park.  It was my understanding they had something to do with orphans.

The IOOF started in England in the 18th century and was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 28, 1819.  Two of their primary goals were to establish residences for senior members and orphaned children.

The Civil War shattered the IOOF in the United States.  Membership dropped tremendously and many lodges were unable to continue their work, especially in the southern states.

--Old Secesh

Friday, February 20, 2015

I Found George Cadman at Laurel Cemetery Near Cincinnati

I found another, much larger Find-A-Grave site with a whole lot of names of people buried at Laurel Cemetery in Madisonville, Ohio.

They have a man by the name GEORGE H. CALDMAN  (b. 1823-D 1864) buried there.  Other than having his name misspelled, this must be the man I've been writing such much about.

The next time I'm in Cincinnati I'll have to visit his grave.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, February 19, 2015

One Important Internment at Madisonville's Laurel IOOF Cemetery: Alexander Duncan

According to Find-A-Grave.

ALEXANDER DUNCAN (1788-March 23, 1853)

U.S. Congressman, physician.  Born Born Bottle Hill, now Madison, New Jersey.  Studied medicine and started a practice.  Moved to Cincinnati and continued his profession.  Elected to the Ohio State Senate and served 1832-1834.

Elected to Ohio's 1st District U.S. House of Representatives as a member of the Democrat party and served 1836-1841 and 1843-1845.

His father, James Duncan, was a minister and abolitionist in Indiana.

--Old Secesh

George Hovey Cadman-- Part 6

Find-A-Grave did not mention Cadman in 21 results it had for the Laurel IOOF Cemetery in Madisonvile, Ohio, Cadman's final resting place according to the Roots Web "Ancestors of Craig Rice and Related Families" article.

IOOF stands for the International Order of Odd Fellows, an old organization.  I know in Goldsboro, N.C., where I was born there was an Odd Fellows Home, part of that organization.

It is located at 5915 Roe Street in Madisonville in Hamilton County.  It was established in 1863 by the Laurel Lodge I.O.O.F 191 and is still active as a cemetery with 2686 internments.

Perhaps I need to find a bigger list of intenments.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

George Hovey Cadman, 39th Ohio-- Part 5

His original letters can be found at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Libraries in the Southern Historical Society Papers.  I came across them in the UNC's Civil War day By Day blog.

Army records described him as "eyes hazel. hair dark, complexion fair, height five feet seven inches.

He died in a field hospital at Marietta, Georgia, established at Saint James Episcopal and he died while lying on a wooden pew in the gallery, third pew from the rear on the right side.

St. James Episcopal Church is still there at 161  St. NE, Marietta, Georgia.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

George Hovey Cadman, 39th Ohio-- Part 4

George Hovey Cadman died of sunstroke 17 September 1864 in Marietta, Georgia, and was buried at the military cemetery there.  His body was removed and later reinterred at Old Duck Cemetery in Cincinnati on what became Edmundson Road in Norwood.

Years later, his body was again removed along with his second son George John Cadman and laid to rest at the family plot in the Laurel Cemetery in Madisonville, Ohio, near Cincinnati.

--Old n

Monday, February 16, 2015

Columbia Looks Back at Horrific End to Civil War-- Part 2

Columbia is in the midst of a look back at those days and is engaging both residents and visitors about the Civil War, slavery, reconstruction and where the city is now.

Special events include lectures and performances, including exhibits of war artifacts at the South Carolina State Museum and the Confederate State Relic Room & Military Museum.

The movies "Selma," "Gone With the Wind" and "Gone With the Wind REDUX" will be shown.

Both Columbia, the capital of the state and Charleston, where the Civil War began, fell on the same day.  I have been writing about Charleston in my Running the Blockade Civil War Naval Blog.

A photo of the 1818 Hampton-Preston Mansion accompanies the article.  It escaped burning.

--Old secesh

Columbia Looks Back at Horrific End to Civil War-- Part 1

From the February 1, 2015, Chicago Tribune Travel Section "S.C. town looks back at horrific end to Civil War" by Terry Gardner.

Most people know about Union General Sherman's troops burning Atlanta and the path of destruction they leveled across Georgia during their March to the Sea.  But fewer still know that Sherman also burned Columbia, S.C..

At least some think so, but their is also the possibility that drunken Confederates set fire to the first cotton bale as they retreated from the town.

Columbia will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of its burning this month and the question of who did it remains.

It is generally agreed that Columbia surrendered on the morning of Feb. 17, 1865.  Huge bales of cotton lined many streets and the fires began that night.  But why the cotton was there and who lit the first bale is still open for discussion.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, February 14, 2015

George Hovey Cadman-- Part 3

George Hovey Cadman died of sunstroke in Marietta, Georgia 17 September 1864.

During the period of time between George Cadman's letter about his drunken Col. Noyes in June 1864 before Kennesaw Mountain and his death, , his 39th Ohio was involved in these military operations:  From Wikipedia.

June 10-July 2--  Operations around Marietta and against Kennesaw Mountain.
June 27th--  Assault on Kennesaw Mountain.
July 2-5--  Nickajack Creek
July 3-4--  Ruff's Mills
July 5-17--  Chattahoochie River
July 22--  Battle of Atlanta
July 22-August 25--  Siege of Atlanta.
August 25-30--  Flank Movement on Jonesboro.
August 31-September 1--  Battle of Jonesboro
September 2-6--  Lovejoy's Station

After his death:

September 29-Nov. 3--  Operations against Hood in northern Georgia.

Then, the question arises, when did George Cadman get his fatal sunstroke?

--Old Secesh

Friday, February 13, 2015

Death By Sunstroke in the Civil War

I did a Yahoo! Search on deaths by sunstroke and came up with several different locations.

Most, including the Civil War Site,  list the deaths attributed to sunstroke at 313.  I'd never heard of that as cause for Civil War deaths before reading about George Cadman.

Of interest, other causes of death in Union ranks:

Murdered--  520
Suicides--  391
Military Executions--   267
Unclassified--  14, 155

Learning Something New All the Time.  --Old Secesh