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Lieut Nelson Adair Cresap

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Lieut Nelson Adair Cresap

  • Birth 18 Sep 1841 Athens, Limestone County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 19 Dec 1935 Humboldt, Gibson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Fruitland, Gibson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 9674454

Born in 1841 near Huntsville, Alabama.

He joined the Confederate army on November 30, 1861, and was organized into the 47th Tennessee Regiment. He remained with this regiment through out the war. For most of the war, the regiment fought with Cheatham's Division, assigned to the Confederate Army of Tennessee.

He participated in the following major engagements: Shiloh, Kirby Smith's invasion of Kentucky, Richmond Ky., Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, the Dead Angle at Kennasaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Franklin, and Nashville. Nelson received a promotion to Sergeant after the battle of Shiloh, to Second Lieutenant after Chickamauga and First Lieutenant after the Atlanta campaign.

During the regiment's re-enlistment in Jan 1864, General Hindman said "The spirit, in which these brave men enlisted, is an eloquent rebuke to the despondent. With men who thus prefer duty to ease, nothing is impossible in war." In the final reorganization of the Army of Tennessee there were to many officers for the number of enlisted men.

Nelson Cresap volunteered to "Return to the ranks and take up a gun again." He surrendered with the army at Greensboro North Carolina in April 1865. At the surrender he was one of 13 remaining members of the 47th Infantry. The Regiment had started the war with about 1000 men.

After the war he became a banker and farmer in Humbolt Tennessee and was active in veteran affairs. Every April he took his grandchildren to the Shiloh battlefield for a tour of the battle and always assured that they understood his zeal for the cause of Southern Independence.

He died on December 19, 1935, in Humbolt Tennessee. At his death he was the oldest Confederate veteran in his county.

Sources: http://www.civilwardata.com/active/hdsquery.dll?SoldierHistory?C&427234
http://www.civilwarfamilyhistory.com/new_page
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Charles E. (Eddy) Cresap III
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  • Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 18 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9674454
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Nelson Adair Cresap (18 Sep 1841–19 Dec 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9674454, citing Old Shiloh Burying Ground, Fruitland, Gibson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Ancestral Sleuth (contributor 48171177) .