Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- A Veteran's Service and Gravesite

This week, Randy Seaver of has issued the following challenge:
  1. To celebrate Veterans Day, pick one of your ancestors or relatives with a military record and a gravestone. 
  2. Tell us about your ancestor's military service. 
  3. Tell us about your ancestor's gravestone - where is it, what is the inscription, when were you last there? Show us a picture of it if you have one available.
  4. Write your own blog post about this ancestor and his gravestone, or share it in a Comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook, or in a Google Plus Stream post.  

For this week’s challenge, I have chosen to write about George M. Spurlock, one of my paternal great-granduncles. George enlisted in Co. B of the 12th Louisiana Infantry (CSA) on 8 March 1862. He was captured by Federal forces on 16 December 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee, and transferred to Louisville, Kentucky, on 7 March 1865. On 10 March 1865, he was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, and then transferred to Point Lookout on 26 March 1865. He appears on a Roll of Sick Prisoners of War, released 6 June 1865, after taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. [Source: Compiled Military Service Record, George M. Spurlock, NARA Publication M320, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana; digital images, Fold3 ( : accessed 28 January 2011).]

George died in Milam County, Texas, on 9 January 1880, and is buried at Lilac Cemetery. I took the following photo of his tombstone when I visited there on 4 November 2011:

Digital image; copyright Denise Spurlock, 2011.

Apr. 11, 1844
Dec. 9, 1880
A light from our household is gone
A voice we loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our hearts
That never can be filled.

© 2011 Denise Spurlock

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