Born in Moore County, NC, the 4th child of William Westley Dye & Eliza Jane Sloan. He is listed as Martin E Dye in the 1850 census and Evander J Dye in the 1860 census in Moore County, NC.
Evander J Dye was a CSA soldier as were his two older brothers, John M and David Turner Dye, his father WW Dye and his father's brother, Martin E Dye. Evander enlisted on the 28 May 1864 into the Junior Reserves, 1 NC Co E. as a 2nd Lieutenant, in Capt. C.D. Dowd's Co. at Camp Holmes in Raleigh.
Transferred to 38 NC Co H on the 11 Jul 1864 at age 18.
Admitted to Winder Hospital 6 Aug 1864.
Died at Winder 27 Aug 1864, just 3 months after he enlisted. Buried as EJ Dye in Hollywood Cemetery.
EJ was brother to my great grandfather, David T Dye. Evander's death greatly affected David, turning him against war forever. David finished his service as a Civil War chaplain. After the war David became an ordained Methodist minister serving as a circuit rider preacher in Alabama until ill health forced him into retirement. David Turner Dye was instrumental in establishing Turner's Chapel, in Colon, NC.
Descendants in future generations have followed David Turner Dye's beliefs with a strong presence in the area of peace and justice.
Much research went into locating where Evander J Dye was buried, finally locating his unmarked grave in Hollywood Cemetery after he died in a field hospital in Richmond. After visiting his unmarked grave this year, I applied for a military stone and at long last, Evander J Dye can be remembered for changing the course of one family towards a path of peace, tolerance and love in the generations to come.
Dianne (Watson) Armstrong
great grand niece of Evander J Dye