|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1830|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 1862|
Confederate Soldier. State: Florida Rank: Private
Regiment: 8th Florida Infantry Company: C
Arthur Caraway is my maternal great-great grandfather. The family usually spells the last name with only one "r": Caraway.
Arthur was a son of Theophilus Caraway and Colen (maiden name unknown) Caraway. He married Mahala Witt and they had the following known children: H. Munroe Caraway, Ellen Caraway, Mary A. Caraway, Theophilus Webb Caraway and Arthur Caraway. Their last child, Arthur was born about a month after his father died as a result of wounds or disease suffered during his Civil War service. He died in Richmond, Henrico, Virginia, and the hospital was listed as "Florida Hospital" because so many soldiers from Florida were sent to that hospital. This was a source of confusion for me in the beginning, because I was looking for a listing of his death at a hospital in Florida. A great friend and fellow graver / genealogist is the person who found that "Florida Hospital" was actually the commonly referred to name for a military hospital in Richmond.
The family lived in Madison, Florida when Arthur enlisted to be a Confederate soldier in the Civil War.
This information was obtained from his Civil War Records.
Arthur enlisted in Capt. Lang's Company at Houston, Florida on 10 May 1862. His eyes were listed as blue. His hair color was listed as "light". He was said to be 5'5" tall and had a light complexion. He was mustered in on 15 May 1862. He was signed up by Capt. J. C. Smith for a period of 3 years.
There is a discrepancy in his actual date of death in the Civil War Record File.
One card in his records states that he "died at Richmond Oct 20, 1862."
He was received at the General Hospital # 9 (the Receiving and Wayside Hospital where all soldiers were first taken and then transferred to other hospitals) on 16 Oct 1862. He was listed as being transferred to "Florida Hospital". This hospital was also called the "Globe Hospital" and was given the name of General Hospital # 11 when the hospitals were all renamed. **Confederate Archives, Chap. 6, File No. 117, Page 43.**
Card # 6 of his record file states that his name appears on a register of officers and soldiers of the Army of the Confederate States who were killed in battle or who died of wounds or disease. This card lists his date of death as 23 Oct 1863. Place: Richmond. Cause: Disease **Confederate Archives, Chap 10, File No. 3, page 54**
Card # 7 in his record file states that he appears on a register of the Medical Director's Office, Richmond, VA. The hospital was Florida Hospital. Admitted 16 Oct 1862. Returned to duty: 21 Oct 1862. Died: 22 Oct 1862. Remarks: Name appears on page 142 as A. Caraway. **Confederate Archives Chap 6, File No. 157, page 136, 142. **
Card # 10 describes him as 5 ft 5" tall, light complexion, light hair and blue eyes.
Card # 14 lists his date of death as 20 Oct 1862.
Card # 15 lists his date of death as 20 Oct 1862.
Card # 16 lists his date of death as 2 Oct 1862. (I think the "0" was left off by the transcriber.)
Card # 17 lists his date of death as 20 Oct 1862.
Card # 18 lists his date of death as 20 Oct 1862.
Arthur was buried in the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Henrico, Virginia. It is a large cemetery with many Civil War soldiers buried there. While his grave was probably marked with a wooden cross in the beginning, that cross long since was taken by the elements and time, or possibly even for use as firewood. At any rate, his exact grave location is unknown. Some soldiers were actually buried in mass graves, because there were so many dying on the same day, it became impossible to dig individual graves for each of them.
I found out about a program that allowed family members to have a headstone placed for individuals, and contacted the listed address at the Hollywood Cemetery to find out more information. The gentleman who assisted me was very helpful and a headstone was ordered for Arthur. After several months, the headstone was placed in an area designated for such headstones. While is is not the exact burial location for my maternal great-great grandfather, it is in the general area of his burial. Now he has a marked headstone, which identifies him as a soldier who died in the service of his country, during a time of great civil conflict. He was so young (only 32 or 33) when he died. He left a family behind who struggled after his death, as many families did during those times. His youngest son, namesake Arthur, never got to know his father, as the younger Arthur (my maternal great grandfather) was born about a month after his father's death.
I would love to hear from other family members who might be researching this Caraway family.
Theophilus Webb Caraway (1860 - 1924)*
Arthur Caraway (1862 - 1914)*
Plot: Soldiers Section Lot: Unknown
Created by: Lauren's Mom
Record added: Apr 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88523903