5/26/2008

Memorial Day - Another Old Soldier

My mother's maternal grandparents and many of her long ago people are buried in this old graveyard at the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill, NC. My genealogy research first brought me here twenty years ago and I have come many times since then.

Its been a few years since I have been in this "neck of the woods" and I have been worried about the HALL plot. My mother's cousin Buck Hall used to send a man out to trim the large hedges but Buck died about five years ago. I was pretty sure no one had been tending to the trimming since then. And I was right. I knew exactly where to find Thomas Milton Hall and is wife Alice Shaffer Hall but you could never have found them if you hadn't known where to look.









Jim picked up some clippers and heavy gloves to deal with the long,vicious thorns on one to the volunteer wild rose bushes.

And filled large black plastic bags with cuttings.


At least now you can find them.












Remembering an Old Soldier.

On July 23,1863 Thomas Milton Hall was eighteen years old when he enlisted in the Confederate Army. He was a member of Company H, the 35th Regiment of the NC Infantry - known as the "Mecklenburg Farmers". They were all local boys and men from the Mint Hill area of Mecklenburg County. He was injured at the Battle of Petersburg, captured by the Union Troops and held prisoner at Point Lookout, Maryland. He was mustered out on June 6,1865. He walked home.

In case you are wondering - its 423 miles from Point Look Out Fort to Mint Hill, NC.

4 comments:

Granny Sue said...

Lovely, lovely post, Ellouise. Thank you.

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