Sgt. Philip B. McCurdy - Co D

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Philip Burford McCurdy was born July 1, 1837 in DeKalb County, Georgia; married Celia Ann Carter in 1859. On November 16, 1861, McCurdy was commissioned first lieutenant of militia for the Stone Mountain district. Four months later, on March 1, 1862, he enlisted at Camp Bartow near Savannah as a private and joined his older brother John in the 38th Regiment. He was transferred to the “McCullough Rifles” the following month and promoted to sergeant. On May 1, Philip and John were joined by their brother Stephen Cicero McCurdy (who would die in a Richmond hospital in 1863). Philip suffered a shrapnel wound to the brain stem on May 5, 1863 during the Chancellorsville campaign and was sent to a hospital in Richmond, Virginia. By July 1863, he was transferred to Atlanta and again joined his brother John, this time in the 25th Georgia Battalion (Provost Guard). He was furloughed to Stone Mountain in November and later detailed to Augusta for light duty where he was captured and paroled in April 1865.

After the war, he returned to DeKalb where he worked at an assortment of jobs: farmer, stone contractor, and county tax collector. While lying wounded at Chancellorsville, McCurdy had made a solemn pledge that if he survived his wounds, he would be a public witness for the Gospel after the war. In 1876, he obtained a license to preach at Stone Mountain Baptist Church and worked as a supply clergyman for both the Stone Mountain and Roswell Baptist Associations. He joined the Clement A. Evans Camp 665 of the United Confederate Veterans and became a member of Stone Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 111. In 1909, McCurdy received the Southern Cross of Honor from Agnes Lee Chapter 434 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. He died February 29, 1914 at age 76 and is buried at Stone Mountain Cemetery, DeKalb Co. Ga. . The service of Philip B. McCurdy was specially honored at The Confederate Memorial Camp’s 1995 Confederate Memorial Day ceremony.

Confederate Veterans of Stone Mountain
By Chris Davis
A Project of The Confederate Memorial Camp 1432, 2000

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