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Milton Chalmers Arrowood
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Birth: Jun. 7, 1859
Bessemer City
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 1909
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA

Rutherford County, Sun, November 1909

Bessemer City, Nov. 27 - Rev. M. C. Arrowood, a well known Presbyterian Preacher and a native of Gaston County, was buried yesterday in Long Creek Cememtery, near here.

Mr. Arrowood had for several years had a pastorate in Orange County, this state. He died there Thursday after a brief illness. He leaves a wife and six children.

Rev. M. C. Arrowood, Whose death is told in the above special was brother of the late Mr. John F. Arrowood, of this place who preceded him to the grave just ten days.
Bios below sent by: Ronald Arrowood

Milton W. Arrowood was appointed to the Naval Academy from North Carolina September 7, 1900, and went to sea after four years at the academy, in March 1904. On board the flagship Kearsarge. While at the academy his father, the Rev. Mr. Arrowood, insisted that his son should be allowed to attend the Presbyterian Church at Annapolis instead of the college chapel. From time to time the elder Arrowood, in written communications, protested to the Navy Department against what he declared to be the “immoral” atmosphere at the academy.

Wanted to Leave Service

While at sea, young Arrowood is said to have frequently expressed himself as dissatisfied with the service, and told his brother officers that he could make more money in private life. Finally he submitted h is resignation to the department and requested to the department and requested that it be accepted. As all midshipmen are required to serve a certain time in the navy after graduation, the resignation was not accepted.

On January 6 last, while the Kersarge was at Hampton Roads, Va., Arrowood left the ship, and the Navy Department, after making earnest efforts to get in touch with him, finally called upon the Secret Service, with result that Arrowood was apprehended in New York, where he had obtained a position, and was delivered on board the receiving ship Hancock at the navy yard, Brooklyn, on February 13.

His trial by court-martial was ordered, and he was sent to join the Kersarge in the Caribbean and was tried on board that ship, convicted of desertion, and sentenced to dismissal. The convening authority, Rear Admiral Barker, commander-in-Chief of the North Atlantic fleet approved the sentence and forwarded the papers in the case to the department.

Couldn’t Lead Religious Life

In the meantime the Rev. Mr. Arrowood Addressed several communications to the department, claiming that his son acted rightly in deserting because, as he says, young Arrowood had not been given just treatment. In behalf of his son he claims that it was impossible for him to lead what the Rev. Mr. Arrowood termed a religious life and remain in the service.
Within the last few days members of the Presbyterian Church have appealed to the President to mitigate the sentence by dismissing Arrowood for continued absent without leave in order that he might not be decitizenized. This request was refused because of the fact that Arrowood was found guilty not of absence without leave, but desertion.
Arrowood is the first officer to be dismissed from the navy for desertion for more than forty years. The case is unique in the annals of service.

Family links: 
  William Arrowood (1817 - 1911)
  Mary Ann Froneberger Arrowood (1820 - 1897)
  Lelia Clay Allen Arrowood (1874 - 1910)
  Arabella McGill Arrowood (1863 - 1897)*
  Milton Wallace Arrowood (1883 - 1954)*
  Sarah Elvira Arrowood Dameron (1842 - 1931)*
  Drury Michael Arrowood (1846 - 1929)*
  John F Arrowood (1848 - 1909)*
  Phillip Leonidas Arrowood (1852 - 1855)*
  Robert Sylvester Arrowood (1854 - 1919)*
  Milton Chalmers Arrowood (1859 - 1909)
  Luther Calvin Arrowood (1868 - 1946)*
*Calculated relationship
Long Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Bessemer City
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Zandalee
Record added: Nov 13, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16629120
Milton Chalmers Arrowood
Added by: Mike Huffstetler
Milton Chalmers Arrowood
Added by: Mike Huffstetler
Milton Chalmers Arrowood
Added by: Mike Huffstetler
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