My name is Chris Rhodes and I am from Bailey, North Carolina. I am joining the list concerning my great great-grandfather who was in the CSA. His name was Ephriam Watson, Private, enlisted in Wilson Co., NC on Dec. 18, 1862. He was a member of the NC 4th Cav. 59th St. Troops Co. H. According to the information I received from the Confederate Roster, he died June 22, 1863 near Upperville, VA. Recently, while doing genealogy research, a cousin was found to have the family bible of Ephriamís widow, Doreatha (Dolly) Ferrell Watson. Inside the bible was a letter to Dolly from another member of Ephriamís troop telling of Ephriamís death and the circumstances thereof. The letter was written by a fellow soldier by the last name of Hinnant. The information Iím giving here is not word for word but the best I could remember as my cousin read the letter to me over the telephone and I have not had a chance to get a copy of it yet.
It said that Ephriam was found beside the road near Culpepper. He had been shot off of his horse with one bullet hole above the left eye and two in the chest. He was found with $12 in his pocket and that a fellow soldier by the last name of Raper had the money to return back to his wife. It also stated that the captain had him buried under a locust tree and that they carved his name in the tree.
The purpose of my post is that I was wondering if anyone on the list had any information about this and as to where the location of the grave is. I reason that any roads back then may have eventually became a road that is still in use today and that the grave may be somewhere close to this road. As I said before, the Confederate roster says he died near Upperville and the letter stated he died near Culpepper so it may be anywhere in between. According to the regimental history he would have been nearer to Upperville than Culpeper but the letter throws in some doubt. Also, the Confederate roster states he died June 22, 1863 and the letter was not mailed until August of 1863 so the events may be somewhat sketchy. I am trying to locate this burial site, if it still exist, and would appreciate any information you may be able to offer. I know this is like searching for a needle in a hay stack but thought that maybe someone might have knowledge of the grave. I know how I certainly trampsed around when I was a kid or maybe someone has heard of a grave of a civil war soldier that their grandparents told them about. It may be possible that his body was relocated to a military cemetery if anyone may have records of those.You just don't know till you ask. Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated and I may be contacted at:
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