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50-year-old soldier served with three of his sons

by | Dec 15, 2015 | Burke, Confederate affiliation

John Duckworth Morrison (1813-1892) was my great-great-great-grandfather. He married Fannie Epley (1813-1914) and they had eight children, all born before the beginning of the Civil War and his enlistment. He had four sons who fought for the Confederacy. Three served at the same time as their father. A fourth son died at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. They were living in Burke County, N.C. when he enlisted on August 17, 1863, at age 50. He enlisted in Cabarrus County as a private in Company C, 10th Battalion, N.C. Heavy Artillery. As best I can tell, he served with this battalion his entire enlistment. He was captured in Savannah, Ga., Dec. 21, 1864 and sent to a 1st Division Hospital for a serious infection on Dec. 26. He was in another Savannah hospital on Jan. 19, 1865. He was received at Fort Delaware, Del., from Hilton Head, S.C., March 12, 1865. He was released from Fort Delaware on June 8, 1865. According to his Oath of Allegiance papers, “he was released from the Confederacy 19 June 1865 and his residence was Cabarrus County, NC. He had fair complexion, mixed hair, blue eyes, and was 5 ft. 8in. tall. His name appeared in the list of names as J.D. Morrison.” My great-great-great-grandmother, Fannie, lived to be more than 100 years old. John’s sons who also served were Thomas Lafayette Morrison (1837-1914), James Leander Morrison (1840-1917), John Alexander Morrison (1842-1863), killed at Gettysburg, and William Jackson Morrison (1844-1916).

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