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Nelson Alexander Eller

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Nelson Alexander Eller

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25 Jul 1930 (aged 88)
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Bingham, Fayette County, Illinois, USA Add to Map
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Nelson Alexander Eller died July 25, 1930 in South Hurricane Township, Fayette, Illinois. He was born August 4, 1841 in Iredell County, North Carolina to Alexander Eller and Sarah Maria Misenheimer.

He married Nancy Caroline McLain December 2, 1875 in Montgomery County. She was born October 12, 1841 in Montgomery County, Illinois to Addison McLean/McLain and Catherine (Katie) Lewey. She died January 14, 1905 in Fayette County, Illinois.

Their children were:

Hattie Eller, 1880-1963
Robert Lee Eller, 25 Oct 1881 - 12 May 1967
Samuel Newton Eller, 02 Mar 1883 - 04 Mar 1961
Mattie Eller, 01 Nov 1884 - 29 Aug 1954
William A. (Bill) Eller, 19 Feb 1878 - 18 Feb 1957
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Ramsey News Journal, July 20, 1930
Eller Passes Away

Nelson A. Eller died at 11:55 Friday afternoon at his home in Bayle City, Ill. He would have been eighty-nine years old Aug. 3. His death followed an illness of a few months and was caused by complications incident of old age.

Mr. Eller was a veteran of the Civil War, a member of the Baptist Church and the Odd Fellows lodge. After the war, he came to Illinois from North Carolina and he and Nancy McClain of Hillsboro were married. Her death occurred in 1905. He is survived by the following children: William A. Eller and Mrs. Charles (Hattie) Pollock of Decatur, Robert and Samuel Eller and Miss Mattie Eller of Bayle City. There are ten grand children and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister and brother in North Carolina.

The Funeral; was held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Bayle City Baptist Church. The burial was in the Liberty cemetery.
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Vandalia Union, Thursday, July 21, 1930
Aged Bayle City Citizen Died Friday

Nelson A. Eller died Friday afternoon at his home in Bayle City. He would have been 89 years old Aug. 3rd. His death followed an illness of a few months in which complications incident to old age caused his passing.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Bayle City Baptist Church. Burial was in Liberty cemetery.

Mr. Eller was veteran of the Civil War, a member of the Baptist church and of the odd Fellows Lodge.

After the war he came from North Carolina and he and miss Nancy McClain of Hillsboro were united in marriage. Her death occurred in 1905. The have a large generation following them who can look back on grandparents of sturdy stock and sterling honesty.

Surviving are the following children: William A. Eller and Mrs. Charles Pollock, Decatur; Robert L. and Samuel Eller and Miss Mattie Eller of Bayle City. There are ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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Nelson Alexander Eller enlisted May 30, 1861 as a Private in Co. K, ("Rowan Rifles Guards") 4th Regt. N.C. Troops, Confederate States of America at Smithville by Captain McNealy for the "duration of the war."

He was active in the battles of Seven Pines, Cold Harbor (Gaines' Mill), and South Mountain before being captured at the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). He was then imprisoned at Fort Delaware, Delaware. Later he was sent for exchange from Fort Delaware to Aikens Landing, Virginia, October 2, 1862 and returned to Co. K., 4th Regiment North Carolina Troops May 30, 1861 at the age of 19.

He was then wounded and captured May 3, 1862 during the Battle of Chancellorsville. Nelson Alexander Eller's name appears as a signature to a "Parole of Prisoners of War" dated Office of the Provost Marshal General, Army of the Potomac, May 4, 1863.

He was admitted May 7, 1863 to "Lincoln U.S.A. General Hospital, Washington, D.C." Complaint: Vulnus sclopeticum (gunshot wound); Remarks: Flesh of right side – battle riffle ball – S – dressing. He was later sent to Old Capital June 16, 1863. He was transferred for exchange to City Point, Virginia, where he was received on June 30, 1863.

Nelson Alexander Eller, Confederate: Appears on a Register of "General Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia," complaint; admitted: July 13, 1863; Returned to duty: August 3, 1863.

He fought in the Battle of the Wilderness before again being captured May 19, 1864 at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. He was then sent to the Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D.C. before being tranfured to Fort Delaware June 15, 1864. He remained there until the end of the war subscribing to an "Oath of Allegiance" to the United States before being released June 19, 1865.

In a Decatur, Illinois newspaper story printed in 1913 about local Civil War veterans, it was reported that, "When the war was over, Mr. Eller was discharged and started for home with nothing but a shirt. An old army blanket was made to serve as a pair of trousers and a friend made him a pair of shoes from the uppers of an old boot."

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Ramsey News-Journal
June 4, 2009

To remember Civil War soldier Nelson Eller
Dedication of a Civil War gravesite in Liberty Cemetery

- by Linda Hanabarger -
The observance of Memorial Day was initiated a few years after the Civil War by members of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), the veteran's organization for Union soldiers.

A Memorial Day Order was effected designating May 30, the closest to the day of reunification of the north and south, "for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their county during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land."

Pvt. Nelson Alexander Eller was there. A member of Company K, (Rowan Rifles Guards), 4th North Carolina Troops, Nelson was 19 years old when he enlisted in 1861 at Smithville, NC, for the 'duration of the war.'

Pvt. Eller served 49 months in service; nearly three years in northern prison camps.

He saw action in the battles of Seven Pines, Cold Harbor (Gaines Mills) and South Mountain before being captured at the Battle of Antietam. He was imprisoned at Fort Delaware then released in a prisoner exchange.

Seven months later, during the Battle of Chancellorsville, he was wounded, captured and held prisoner for 366 days at Old Capital Prison, Washington, D.C.

Within a month he was well enough to travel and returned to duty with the 4th North Carolina in the Battle of the Wilderness before being captured a third time at Spotsylvania Court House and imprisoned at Old Capital Prison then Ft. Delaware.

After subscribing to an "Oath of Allegiance" Pvt. Eller was released in June, 1865.

Nelson started for home with nothing but a shirt, an old army blanket serving as trousers and shoes made by a friend from the uppers of an old boot.

He moved to Montgomery County, IL, married Nancy McClain of Hillsboro and they moved to South Hurricane township just south of Bayle City and raised a family.

Nelson Eller died in 1930, with burial in Liberty Cemetery near Bingham. His wife, Nancy, had preceded him in death by 25 years.

Enter Scott Leas, director of Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce and a great-grandson of Nelson Eller. He had uncovered over 80 pages of official documents detailing Nelson's service, imprisonment and hospitalization.

Scott contacted Gale Red and together they have planned a re-dedication of Pvt. Nelson Eller's grave in Liberty Cemetery for Saturday, June 13. The public is invited to attend.
Nelson Alexander Eller died July 25, 1930 in South Hurricane Township, Fayette, Illinois. He was born August 4, 1841 in Iredell County, North Carolina to Alexander Eller and Sarah Maria Misenheimer.

He married Nancy Caroline McLain December 2, 1875 in Montgomery County. She was born October 12, 1841 in Montgomery County, Illinois to Addison McLean/McLain and Catherine (Katie) Lewey. She died January 14, 1905 in Fayette County, Illinois.

Their children were:

Hattie Eller, 1880-1963
Robert Lee Eller, 25 Oct 1881 - 12 May 1967
Samuel Newton Eller, 02 Mar 1883 - 04 Mar 1961
Mattie Eller, 01 Nov 1884 - 29 Aug 1954
William A. (Bill) Eller, 19 Feb 1878 - 18 Feb 1957
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Ramsey News Journal, July 20, 1930
Eller Passes Away

Nelson A. Eller died at 11:55 Friday afternoon at his home in Bayle City, Ill. He would have been eighty-nine years old Aug. 3. His death followed an illness of a few months and was caused by complications incident of old age.

Mr. Eller was a veteran of the Civil War, a member of the Baptist Church and the Odd Fellows lodge. After the war, he came to Illinois from North Carolina and he and Nancy McClain of Hillsboro were married. Her death occurred in 1905. He is survived by the following children: William A. Eller and Mrs. Charles (Hattie) Pollock of Decatur, Robert and Samuel Eller and Miss Mattie Eller of Bayle City. There are ten grand children and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister and brother in North Carolina.

The Funeral; was held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Bayle City Baptist Church. The burial was in the Liberty cemetery.
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Vandalia Union, Thursday, July 21, 1930
Aged Bayle City Citizen Died Friday

Nelson A. Eller died Friday afternoon at his home in Bayle City. He would have been 89 years old Aug. 3rd. His death followed an illness of a few months in which complications incident to old age caused his passing.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Bayle City Baptist Church. Burial was in Liberty cemetery.

Mr. Eller was veteran of the Civil War, a member of the Baptist church and of the odd Fellows Lodge.

After the war he came from North Carolina and he and miss Nancy McClain of Hillsboro were united in marriage. Her death occurred in 1905. The have a large generation following them who can look back on grandparents of sturdy stock and sterling honesty.

Surviving are the following children: William A. Eller and Mrs. Charles Pollock, Decatur; Robert L. and Samuel Eller and Miss Mattie Eller of Bayle City. There are ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
__________________________________________________________

Nelson Alexander Eller enlisted May 30, 1861 as a Private in Co. K, ("Rowan Rifles Guards") 4th Regt. N.C. Troops, Confederate States of America at Smithville by Captain McNealy for the "duration of the war."

He was active in the battles of Seven Pines, Cold Harbor (Gaines' Mill), and South Mountain before being captured at the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). He was then imprisoned at Fort Delaware, Delaware. Later he was sent for exchange from Fort Delaware to Aikens Landing, Virginia, October 2, 1862 and returned to Co. K., 4th Regiment North Carolina Troops May 30, 1861 at the age of 19.

He was then wounded and captured May 3, 1862 during the Battle of Chancellorsville. Nelson Alexander Eller's name appears as a signature to a "Parole of Prisoners of War" dated Office of the Provost Marshal General, Army of the Potomac, May 4, 1863.

He was admitted May 7, 1863 to "Lincoln U.S.A. General Hospital, Washington, D.C." Complaint: Vulnus sclopeticum (gunshot wound); Remarks: Flesh of right side – battle riffle ball – S – dressing. He was later sent to Old Capital June 16, 1863. He was transferred for exchange to City Point, Virginia, where he was received on June 30, 1863.

Nelson Alexander Eller, Confederate: Appears on a Register of "General Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia," complaint; admitted: July 13, 1863; Returned to duty: August 3, 1863.

He fought in the Battle of the Wilderness before again being captured May 19, 1864 at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. He was then sent to the Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D.C. before being tranfured to Fort Delaware June 15, 1864. He remained there until the end of the war subscribing to an "Oath of Allegiance" to the United States before being released June 19, 1865.

In a Decatur, Illinois newspaper story printed in 1913 about local Civil War veterans, it was reported that, "When the war was over, Mr. Eller was discharged and started for home with nothing but a shirt. An old army blanket was made to serve as a pair of trousers and a friend made him a pair of shoes from the uppers of an old boot."

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Ramsey News-Journal
June 4, 2009

To remember Civil War soldier Nelson Eller
Dedication of a Civil War gravesite in Liberty Cemetery

- by Linda Hanabarger -
The observance of Memorial Day was initiated a few years after the Civil War by members of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), the veteran's organization for Union soldiers.

A Memorial Day Order was effected designating May 30, the closest to the day of reunification of the north and south, "for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their county during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land."

Pvt. Nelson Alexander Eller was there. A member of Company K, (Rowan Rifles Guards), 4th North Carolina Troops, Nelson was 19 years old when he enlisted in 1861 at Smithville, NC, for the 'duration of the war.'

Pvt. Eller served 49 months in service; nearly three years in northern prison camps.

He saw action in the battles of Seven Pines, Cold Harbor (Gaines Mills) and South Mountain before being captured at the Battle of Antietam. He was imprisoned at Fort Delaware then released in a prisoner exchange.

Seven months later, during the Battle of Chancellorsville, he was wounded, captured and held prisoner for 366 days at Old Capital Prison, Washington, D.C.

Within a month he was well enough to travel and returned to duty with the 4th North Carolina in the Battle of the Wilderness before being captured a third time at Spotsylvania Court House and imprisoned at Old Capital Prison then Ft. Delaware.

After subscribing to an "Oath of Allegiance" Pvt. Eller was released in June, 1865.

Nelson started for home with nothing but a shirt, an old army blanket serving as trousers and shoes made by a friend from the uppers of an old boot.

He moved to Montgomery County, IL, married Nancy McClain of Hillsboro and they moved to South Hurricane township just south of Bayle City and raised a family.

Nelson Eller died in 1930, with burial in Liberty Cemetery near Bingham. His wife, Nancy, had preceded him in death by 25 years.

Enter Scott Leas, director of Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce and a great-grandson of Nelson Eller. He had uncovered over 80 pages of official documents detailing Nelson's service, imprisonment and hospitalization.

Scott contacted Gale Red and together they have planned a re-dedication of Pvt. Nelson Eller's grave in Liberty Cemetery for Saturday, June 13. The public is invited to attend.

Gravesite Details

Native of North Carolina and Civil War Veteran serving in Co.K 4th N.C. Volunteer Infantry



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