Capt Merrill Thomas Castleberry

Capt Merrill Thomas Castleberry

Death 5 Aug 1890 (aged 60)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 39561398 · View Source
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8/6/1890 - Atlanta Constitution - The friends and acquaintances of the late Captain M. T. Castleberry are invited to attend his funeral which will take place from the residence, 164 W. Peters street, this morning at 10 a.m., August 6, 1890.
8/6/1890 - Atlanta Constitution - In Memoriam - Above all things, he was an honest man - that noblest work of God. Self made, he developed a grand character from the most adverse conditions and circumstance and won the lasting respect aof all who knew him. Justice and honor were just principles with him. He scorned a lie and pretence even in jest, was impossible to his nature. Making no open professions, he lived the golden rule, doing not as he was done by , but as he would have others do to him. He followed the straight path of duty no matter where it led. Even his failings leaned to virtue's side and one of the greatest of these was over confidence in human nature. Suspicion was foreign to his soul and the hardest blows he held for him were dealty by those he had trusted and benefited. Losing the accumulation of many honest years through misplaced confidence, he wasted no time in words of despair or reproach, but took up the burden anew, and labored through years of affliction and approaching age until he could pay his creditors 100 cents on the dollar. The victim of an incurable malady, his last four years have been a record of heroism, of martyrdom for the comfort and happiness of others "Self last was ever his motto".

In war and peace a true patriot, he gave his life and services gladly to the cause he loved. He received his wounds in the face with a soldier's pride, b earing to the grave a bullet hole from Antietam. With him the war ended in '64 and he cared nothing for veterans, leagues or revivals of the old issues of the past. Unassuming and unpretentions in peace, as brave and unflinching no war, he gave his allegiance to now south and to Atlanta, whom he helped to rebuild from her ashes and guided in counsel during the stormy days of reconstruction.

To these sterner virtues he added the gentler ones of the fireside. He was the soul of tenderness, loyalty, patience and devotion in his home, courteous to all, as became one of "Nature's noblemen". A model husband and proud and tender father, he spared not himself, unselfishly, giving all and asking nothing. But half appreciated by those who knew him best, the multitude who shared his benefactions may bless his memory, as they blessed not his life, with gratitude. His hand was ever open to charity. If every generous deed of his should rise to crown his memory, no loftier or worthier monument could be reared to heaven.

His large sould could be confined by no narrow creed. He lived and died in the firm faith that God would judge him by his deeds and deal by him as fairly as he had dealth by his fellow man. In his hands, we trust him........A Friend.
From my book, the James Wesley Blevins Story ---

Behind a fencerow along Smoke Town Road on the day of the Antietam Battle, the 21st Georgia was combating Federal Troops coming out of the East Woods. My 3rd Great Grandfather Lt. James Wesley Blevins was there and he was shot in the shoulder. His commander Captain James Nisbet, who was acting as senior officer of the 21st at that time, directed Blevins to a surgeon where he survived. Moments after Nisbet sent Blevins off, Captain Merrill T. Castleberry of C Company came over to inquire about James's wound. As he spoke, a mini-ball whizzed into his mouth and out the back of his head. Poor Castleberry feel in a heap, blood everywhere. The Feds retreated from the East Woods, and the 21st advanced and battled with the 10th Maine north of the woods. The 21st fell back later, relieved by the 4th Alabama. As the regiment passed by Smoke Town Road, Nisbet had men from Fulton County's Company C look for their commander Merrill Castleberry's body. Nisbet wanted to see to it that Merrill be sent to his hometown of Atlanta for proper burial. But to their great surprise, the body had already been removed. Later that night after the battle, Captain Nisbet who received light wounds, was ordered across the Potomac River to a hospital in Shepperdstown Virginia. On the morning of the 19th, he caught up with the wounded solders from Trimble's Brigade and found some of the wounded from his company. In doing his rounds, he asked where the body of Captain Merrill T. Castleberry was. Nisbet was stunned when the surgeons replied "He ain't dead, he's up in the organ loft." Nisbet rushed up finding him on a mattress, his head swollen like a pumpkin and tongue cut to pieces by the bullet. Unable to speak, Nisbet asked him if he knew him and Castleberry nodded. The man looked bad, but Nisbet attempted to lift his spirits by saying, "I think, Captain, you will recover." Castleberry nodded again. After about three months, Castleberry was back in command of his company, but had to resign shortly afterwards from he effects of his wound. - madeingeorgia1974


Aged 60 years - DOB is approximate. Death Date is actual burial date, so he most likely died a day or two before.


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