|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1823|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 1896|
Civil War Confederate Officer. Gilbert was born in East Granby, Connecticut. At an unknown date, this native northerner migrated south, and settled into a life as a carpenter in Robeson County, North Carolina. It was there that war found him in 1861. His adherence was with the South, and on March 10, 1862, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the "Ashpole True Boys", formally known as Company F, 51st North Carolina State Troops.
His 51st would eventually be assigned to the defenses of Charleston, South Carolina where it participated in the gallant struggle on July 18, 1863 that successfully defended Battery Wagner on nearby Morris Island.
Unbeknownst to Lieutenant Higley, he would return to Morris Island as a prisoner-of-war in August 1864 to contend with agony and deliberate torture courtesy of the United States Government. The road to this cruelty started after he was felled on June 1, 1864 at the battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia. Captured, the wounded Confederate officer was eventually confined at Fort Delaware, Delaware. In August 1864, six-hundred Confederate officers - including Lieutenant Higley - were selected from Fort Delaware under the guise of a general exchange. It was a calculated lie by Federal authorities.
An exchange was not what awaited these Confederate officers. Instead, they were transferred to Morris Island, South Carolina (a familiar scene to Higley) and placed in a fenced stockade to act as degrading human shields for the Union position.
Higley survived the ordeal, and yet his persecution and torture continued after transfers to Hilton Head, South Carolina and Fort Pulaski, Georgia. Higley, with survivors of the initial 600, was returned to Fort Delaware in March 1865 where he took the oath of allegiance in June 1865. Higley along with his comrades became known as "The Immortal 600".
Pliney Higley (1784 - 1861)
Alice M Beauregard (1897 - 1970)
Ann Eliza Normant Higley (1831 - 1910)
Mattie Elizabeth Higley Barnes (1852 - 1930)*
Thomas N Higley (1855 - 1914)*
Gilbert Plin Higley (1864 - 1928)*
Annie K. Higley Brown (1872 - 1927)*
Lumberton City Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Nov 16, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16671639