Corp DeBerry Robby “Berry” Kinney

Corp DeBerry Robby “Berry” Kinney

Birth
Death 12 May 1864 (aged 29–30)
Spotsylvania Courthouse, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA
Burial Spotsylvania Courthouse, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA
Plot North Carolina Section, Row 1, Grave 1
Memorial ID 9704103 · View Source
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Company D "Cleveland Blues", 14th North Carolina Infantry "Last At Appomattox!", Ramseur's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.

Resided in Davidson County, N.C., and enlisted at Fredericksburg, Virginia, at age 29, May 9, 1863, for the war. Mustered in as Private and promoted to Corporal on November 1, 1863. Present or accounted for until killed at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia.

At the Battle at Spotsylvania Court House, DeBerry was shot and killed. He and his brother, "A.D." (Alfred Douglas), were fighting side by side. Suddenly, DeBerry cried out, 'Oh Lord, I am gone!' and dropped to the ground. He died almost instantly. A. D. said afterwards that in the confusion and noise of the battle it took him a while "to realize what had happened."

When night came and the fighting ceased, A. D. took a horse blanket and shovel and crept back to the battlefield. He didn't dare stand up straight because the Yankees would shoot anything they saw moving; so, from a kneeling position he spent the night digging a shallow grave. There, wrapping the horse blanket around the body of his eldest brother, he buried him on the battlefield where he had fallen. DeBerry was 30 years old and single.
[Information provided by: Frank Alan Willis, whose great-great-grand-uncles are Pvt. A. D. Kinney and Cpl. B. R. Kinney.]

"At Spottsylvania, May 12, a memorable day, Ramseur's brigade advanced, driving the blue-clad soldiers from a first line of breastworks and then rushing to a second, stronger line. When the 14th regiment, on the left, reached the near side of the works, the situation of its fellow-regiment, the 30th North Carolina, on the right, became grave. Going to the rescue the 14th drove into traverses and ousted the Federals at the point of the bayonet." [Transcribed from the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, December 24, 1961.]


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  • Created by: BigFrench
  • Added: 24 Oct 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 9704103
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp DeBerry Robby “Berry” Kinney (1834–12 May 1864), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9704103, citing Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by BigFrench (contributor 46554304) .