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Re: ARNOLD MURRAY Confederate Veteran living in 1950
Posted by: JC Block (ID *****3198) Date: August 05, 2005 at 12:29:47
In Reply to: ARNOLD MURRAY Confederate Veteran living in 1950 by Nancie O'Sullivan of 692

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Pvt. Arnold Murray
On November 25th, 1952, the last Confederate Veteran of the Carolinas passed away. He was buried with military honors, on November 30th, at White House Methodist Church near Orangeburg, S. C. 

Pvt. Arnold Murray, Co. H, 11th South Carolina Infantry, 
born on June 10, 1846, died November 25, 1952. 

This is to announce that there will be a Memorial Service, to honor all soldiers who wore the Confederate uniform, on the fiftieth anniversary of Pvt. Murray's death. This service will be held at 2:30 P.M., December 1, 2002, at the cemetery of White House Church, one-half mile north (toward Santee) of the intersection of U.S. Highway 301 & I-26. 

Fifty years ago, Pvt. Murray's funeral was attended by more than 5000 people, including Gov. James Byrnes and Sen. Strom Thurmond. Two years prior to Pvt. Murray's death, then Gov. Thurmond found out that he was the final veteran, at 104 years old, and appointed Farm Bureau executive, James Rogers to plan a funeral that was inevitable. Others who served on that committee were, Enock Smith, S. C. Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and James Dozier, Adjutant General of South Carolina.

On behalf of the 5th Brigade of the South Carolina Division, I would like to invite you to attend and take part in this afternoon Memorial Service. I look forward to seeing you then.

Irvin Shuler, 5th Brigade Commander
S. C. Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Maybe he forgot how old he was at some point because all of the earlier census records I have for Arnold Murray show that he was born after the 1850 census in the area of 1854-1855. So he may not have actually been 100 when he died. In the 1920 census his age is listed as 72, but he also cannot read nor write which may account for something. Still very impressive... If you are studying this line, please contact me.

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