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AL Compatriots seeks MS grave of NC vet


An SCV Compatriot from AL is seeking the final MS resting place of one of his glorious CS ancestors.

Can you help him find his relative? The help would be most appreciated. I can't find anything about this man's burial site in my records.

It would really be great to find this NC patriot's grave, especially since he was serving the South so far from home.

I know this mystery will almost certainly not be solved, but who knows? "Question not the power of the Board!"

Here's what he has:

Here is what I have on the soldier in question: Kelsey Ray, born abt. 1841, died 15 Aug 1863. Never

During the 1850 Census, Kelsey was living with his grandfather, Joseph Ray in Yancey County, North Carolina.

During the 1860 Census, Kelsey was living with his mother and brother in Burnsville, Yancey County, North Carolina.

"Kelsie" Ray enlisted as a Private in Company B, 29th North Carolina Infantry Regiment on 7 Mar 1861 in Yancey County, North Carolina when he was 20 years old. He died from either wounds or disease on 15 Aug 1863 at Pearl River, Mississippi. Sources: North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster.

29th NC Infantry
Organized September 24, 1861, at Camp Patton at Asheville, under command of Col. R. B. Vance. Assigned to various brigades in the Department of East Tennessee until December 1862. Joining the Army of Tennessee, at the Battle of Murfreesboro (Stones River) they were in Rains' brigade of McCown's division of Kirby Smith's corps, serving in Hardee's corps. Brig. Gen. Rains was killed, and Col. Vance of the 29th assumed command of the brigade. After Gen. Bragg's army withdrew to Shelbyville, a reorganization left Col. Vance's brigade made up of the 29th and 39th NC Infantry Regts, 3rd Bn GA Infy and 9th Regt GA Infy.

The Battle of Stones River or Second Battle of Murfreesboro, was fought from 31 Dec 1862, to 2 Jan 1863, in Middle Tennessee, as the culmination of the Stones River Campaign in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Of the major battles of the war, Stones River had the highest percentage of casualties on both sides.


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