Thursday, December 15, 2011

CSS Alabama Crew Member Buried in New Jersey-- Part 2

I did some more research on Miles J. Freeman.He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Morristown, New Jersey. Another former Confederate buried there is Gen. Henry Harrison Walker.

After his capture when the Alabama sank, Freeman was held at Fort Warren, Massachusetts and after his release, worked as an engineer for a steamship line out of New York until his death in 1885.

I found quite a few photos of him, including one of him with Raphael Semmes (the Alabama's commander) and other officers aboard the Confederate raider CSS Sumter on which Freeman also served as chief engineer.

Freeman was born in 1832.

In 2005, a Confederate ditty bag belonging to him came up for sale. It had his name stenciled on it, along with C.S.N. and a crossed cannon and anchor. I was unable to find out how much it sold for.

The information from the previous post came from the New Jersey Civil War site.

Stuff You Just Don't Know. --Old B-R'er

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