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Elbert Coffey
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Birth: Jan. 3, 1837
Yadkin Valley
Caldwell County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 15, 1863
Big Creek
Giles County
Tennessee, USA

Elbert Coffey was the eldest of eleven children born to William Coffey and his wife Margaret Robbins. According to the Bible Record of the William Coffey family, Elbert was born "on Buffaloe [Creek]" in the upper Yadkin River valley known as Happy Valley on January 3, 1837. His parents were farmers who settled in the valley in the late 18th century. On December 9, 1860 Elbert married Eliza E. Powell (b. 1835), daughter of Elias R. and Malinda Powell of Patterson in the valley. The couple had one son: William Monroe, born November 1861.

When the Civil War broke out in 1861 neither Elbert nor his brothers rushed to volunteer for the Confederate army. It is probable that his sympathies, like the majority of men in the state's mountain communities, were not with the secessionist cause. Nevertheless, after North Carolina imposed a military draft, Elbert and his brothers Elijah and Bartlett entered Confederate service, enlisting on July 5, 1862. All three were assigned to Company E, 58th Regiment North Carolina Troops.

The regiment was ordered to East Tennessee where it took up positions south of the Cumberland Gap, the hotly contested approach into Kentucky. There the men endured extreme hardships, being poorly supplied and ill-equipped for winter. One officer wrote, "the command suffered greatly from privation and exposure. The loss...from disease was appalling, camp fever and an epidemic of measles being extremely fatal, the natural result of inexperience and a deplorable lack of hospital accommodations and facilities." [G.W.F. Harper Diary, quoted in Weymouth T. Jordan Jr., North Carolina Troops: A Roster, vol.14 (Raleigh, 1998), 216.] Among the soldiers who contracted measles was Elbert Coffey. He died on May 15, 1863. He was 26 years old.

Elbert Coffey kept a daybook during his service in the Confederate Army. The small leather-bound book, primarily notes the movements of his unit up to the time of his death . The daybook was continued by his brother Elijah.

 
 
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 Parents:
  William Coffey (1812 - 1893)
  Margaret Robbins Coffey (1816 - 1882)
 
 Siblings:
  Elbert Coffey (1837 - 1863)
  Elijah Coffey (1838 - 1891)*
  Larkin Coffey (1840 - 1864)*
  Bartlett Coffey (1842 - 1912)*
  Cornelius Coffey (1844 - 1906)*
  Elizabeth Coffey Robbins (1846 - 1919)*
  Thomas Coffey (1849 - 1901)*
  Mary Coffey Robbins (1851 - 1931)*
  William M. Coffey (1855 - 1932)*
  Margaret Coffey Coffey (1858 - 1930)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
DeLap Cemetery
Jacksboro
Campbell County
Tennessee, USA
 
Maintained by: John W. Coffey
Originally Created by: Larry & Edie Doepel
Record added: Jul 16, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11361385
Elbert Coffey
Added by: Larry & Edie Doepel
 
Elbert Coffey
Added by: Larry & Edie Doepel
 
 
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We remember your ultimate service on this Memorial Day and everyday.
- Kathy D
 Added: May. 25, 2015
Rest in peace.
-Anonymous
 Added: Apr. 26, 2015
Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero. A Confederate Soldier who Bravely and Proudly Fought for Southern Independence During the War of Northern Aggression. Deo Vindice.
- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 Added: Mar. 26, 2015
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