Posted By:Larry Rhodes
Subject:Honoring Confederate Soldiers
Post Date:May 08, 2004 at 19:35:49
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Forum:Nash County, NC Genealogy Forum
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I reside and research my ancestry from Topeka, Ks. I have traced most of my lines to late 18th & early 19th centuries almost exclusively in North Carolina. A few months ago I felt the cold, clammy stone wall that we all know. It occured to me that I knew the names of a lot of men, particularly in Nash Co, who were the right ages to see military service during the War Between the States. (I had an unreconstructed teacher one year at Bailey School.)

I used the National Park Service Civil War Soldiers & Sailors site and found many familiar names; but the site's information lacks such facts as where they lived, where they enlisted, etc. A genealogical library in Independence, Mo. holds the multi-volume "NC Troops 1861-1865 A Roster" that was published by NC State Archives. I made a list of possibles participants, based on age, and began to scan the index of each volume. One individual that I left off the list was my Great-great-grandfather, Gilliam P. Eure, who was in his thirties at the beginning of the war. I found that he had enlisted, at age 33, early in the war, was wounded, and after recovery was assigned to duty as a nurse and cook at the hospital in Wilson. He had two brothers who did not come home -- one died of disease after only a few months in Raleigh and the other died in February 1865 in the Elmira, NY prison camp.

I also found brothers of my Great-grandfather William Liles who served, one of whom died in the Point Lookout, Md. prison camp. In fact, all of my Nash County lines -- Eure, Finch, Glover, Liles -- had men who served, many of them receiving injuries.

I do not know where Great-great-grandfather Gilliam Eure is buried; nor do I know where any of the others are buried except for Elisha Eure who is buried in a cemetery in Elmira, NY. Has anyone ever made an effort to locate and mark Confederate graves in Nash County?

I am planning a trip soon that will include some time in Nash County, where I haven't set foot since the 1950s.