Courier for General T.J. "Stonewall" Jackson. He was mortally wounded, as was the General, in the same "friendly fire" volley in the battle of Chancellorsville, Va. Some of the others in the reconnaissance party were killed instantly; they were Lieutenant James F Forbes (Jackson's adjutant), and Captain James Keith Boswell (Jackson's trusted Engineer).
Inscription: "W.E. CUNLIFFE, who espoused ardently the cause of Southern Rights at the commencement of the war in 1861 and had fought gallantly as a volunteer in the 18th Mississippi Regiment at Manassas, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and other battlefields; received his mortal wound at Chancellorsville, May 2nd 1863 by the same volley that struck the immortal Jackson and survived only 30 hours, breathing, while life lasted, an earnest prayer for the salvation of his beloved Country."
Brother of Pvt. J. Richard Cunliffe; son of John Richard Cunliffe (1805, Virginia - 26 Dec 1856 Holmes County, Mississippi) and Willie Ann Hardaway Eggleston (?, Virginia - ?, Holmes County, Mississippi) of Holmes County, Mississippi. His parents were married in 1827 in Powhatan County, VA. His mother was a daughter of Richard Eggleston (and his first wife Nancy Hill of near Torrance, Yalobusha County, Mississippi. Willie Ann Hardaway Eggleston's half-sister, whose mother was Richard Eggleston's second wife Martha Baugh, was Martha Charlotte Eggleston. Martha was the wife of Dr. William Brooke Eggleston of the now extinct town of Torrance in Yalobusha County, Mississippi. Martha's son, Richard Eggleston Wilbourn (chief Signal Officer for Generals Jackson, Ewell and Early), was also with Gen. Jackson the night he was shot, and was the one who caught Jackson's reigns. William T. Wynn, a close neighbor and friend of Richard Wilbourn's, pulled Jackson's feet from the stirrups. (Parental info submitted by Chris Morgan, Oakland, Tennessee, and David W. Gaddy.)
Company K "Burt Rifles", 18th Mississippi Infantry, Humphreys' Brigade, Kershaw's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.
Enlisted 1861, he was mustered into "K" Co. MS 18th Infantry as a Private.
Bio by: BigFrench