11 February 2014

E.W. Ansley (1830-1863)

Being a Confederate makes things difficult enough but to locate an obituary (or mortuary notice as they were once called) for someone during the civil war is just a real find.  This one I found online at GenealogyBank

From the Augusta Chronicle,  11 JAN 1863, Pg. 3 -

Death of Captain E.W. Ansley - Another name must be added to Augusta's list of the heroes of Murfreesboro; another gallant spirit has departed; another victim to Yankee vindictiveness has fallen upon his country's alter.  Captain A.E. Ansley, who was wounded at the battle of Murfreesboro, died of his wounds at Atlanta yesterday morning while enroute for this city.
  He was a young man - about 30 years of age - of fine promise and considerable popularity; well and favorably known as one of the merchantile firm of D.H. Wilcox & Co., of this city.  When a call was made for troops to defend Savannah, and Oglethorpe Infantry, Co. B., was promptly organized under that call, Capt. Ansley was elected its command.  When the company's term of service had expired, it was reorganized and proceeded to the west, were it was, for a time connected with the 5th Georgia Regiment, but was subsequently transferred to Cox's Battalion of Sharpshooters, and participated in the great battle at Murfreesboro.  Its gallant Captain accompanied it though all its Vicissitudes and trials, and has, at length, fallen while leading his brave comrades against the vile invaders of his country.  Beloved and respected by his men, honored for his several good qualites in the community, his loss will be deeply regretted by all who knew him.
  His remains are expected to arrive here this morning, and the funeral will take place at 11 1/2 o'clock on tomorrow (Monday) morning, from the family residence on the Sand Hills.


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E.W. was one of 14 children born to Jesse Ansley and his wife, Catherine Urquhart. He is a second cousin 7 generations removed...

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