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Monday, March 29, 2010

Nathaniel H. Bouldin, a Poor Confederate Prisoner of War Who Died in Pelham in 1865


No one yet has researched and written the history of Pelham's participation in the Civil War.  I have a special interest in that era -- I have discovered (to my amazement and sadness) that my wife's Great-Great Grandfather was a Confederate soldier who was captured in the last days of the Rebellion and was shipped north to Hart's Island in Pelham as a prisoner of war where he died of "chronic diarrhea".  His name was Nathaniel H. Bouldin. 

According to The Muster Rolls of Company F of the 57th Regiment of Virginia Infantry, Nathaniel H. Bouldin was enlisted by Col. John L. Dillard on 10 July 1861 at Mt. Vernon Church in Henry County.  He subsequently served in Company F of the 57th Regiment of Virginia Infantry.  He apparently was serving in this Regiment when he was taken prisoner at Gettysburg on 3 July 1863.  Paroled at Point Lookout, Maryland, he was transferred to City Point, Virginia on 16 March 1864.  Recaptured at Battle of Five Forks on 1 April 1865, he was sent to Hart's Island in New York.  According to Federal Archives he died in DeCamp General Hospital of "chronic diarrhea" and is buried in Grave Number 2677 at Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

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