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Col Adolphus Philip “A.P.” Cansler

Col Adolphus Philip “A.P.” Cansler

Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA
Death 7 Jan 1873 (aged 49)
Lonoke, Lonoke County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Brownsville, Lonoke County, Arkansas, USA
Plot near front of cemetery to right of sign
Memorial ID 41706166 · View Source
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Born to Henry Cansler (1800-1875 in NC) and Mary Ann Frances "Fannie" Shuford Cansler (1801-1866 in NC).

Adolphus married 1) Adelaide M. Conley (1825-1852) on Jan. 21, 1845, in Caldwell County, NC. No children.

Adolphus married 2) Nancy Woodruff Bobo on June 26, 1855, in Spartanburg County, SC, and moved to Panola County, MS, in 1859.

Two children:
• Sampson Philip Cansler (1858-1918)
• Adelaide Rebecca Cansler (1860-1926)

Adolphus served as a state legislator from Lincoln County, NC, in 1856. The 1860 census of Panola County, MS, shows him engaged in farming.

A.P. Cansler achieved the rank of major in the 1st Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi Infantry Regiment, which was organized in Dec. 1861. It was composed of four Alabama, four Tennessee and two Mississippi companies. The unit served in the Western Department and was captured in April 1862 at Island No. 10. After being exchanged, the four Tennessee companies merged into the 42nd Tennessee Regiment, and for a time the remaining companies were known as the 4th Regiment, Confederate Infantry. Its field officers were Col. Alpheus Baker of AL, Lt. Col. William Avery of TN and Major A.P. Cansler of MS. The use of the title Colonel on his headstone may be a designation of respect, rather than an actual rank.

After the war, A.P. became a shopkeeper. The 1870 census of Panola County, MS, shows A.P. as a dry goods merchant in Panola City. He died and is buried in Lonoke, Arkansas. We don't know the reason for his burial there. Perhaps he was traveling.


From "History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Vol. 3," 1921, p. 295, by Thomas M. Owen and Marie B. Owen:

CANSLER, Adolphus Philip, major, 1st Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi infantry regiment, C.S. Army. He was a native of Mississippi.

From "List of Field Officers, Regiments & Battalions in the Confederate States Army 1861-1865," 1912, p. 23, by Claud Estes:

Cansler, Adolphus Philip, Major 1st Alabama, Tennesssee, and Mississippi Regiment

From "Tennessee in the War 1861-1865," 1908, p. 105, by General Marcus J. Wright:
1st Alabama, Tennessee & Mississippi Infantry
Cansler, Adolphus Philip, Major, of Mississippi

A number of genealogical listings show A.P. Cansler's middle name as Patton. However, based on the books cited above and many other military references to him as Adolphus Philip, and the fact his grandfather was Philip Cansler, I believe his middle name was Philip. Further, his son Sampson Cansler's death certificate states father's name as A. Philip Cansler.




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