Company K "Burt Rifles", 18th Mississippi Infantry, Humphreys' Brigade, Kershaw's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.
Enlisted in 1861, he was mustered into Company K, 18th Mississippi Infantry as a Private.
Brother of Pvt. William E. Cunliffe, courier of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, who was mortally wounded in the same volley that also mortally wounded the General. Killed In Action in the Battle of The Wilderness, Va.
Inscription: "J. R. Cunliffe, who bravely volunteered in the Confederate Army in the Spring of 1862, and had fought at Gettysburg and other memorable battle fields, in the 18th Mississippi Regiment, was instantly killed by a sharpshooter on the 6th of May, 1864 at the Wilderness, having a short time before advanced on the enemy and driven him back."
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 (Chief Signal Officer for Generals Jackson, Ewell and Early) and his first wife Nancy Hill of near Torrance, Yalobusha County, Mississippi. (Parental info submitted by Chris Morgan, Oakland, Tennessee, and David W. Gaddy.)
Bio by: BigFrench
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