Pvt. Seaborn J. Cash - Co. H

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Cash, S. J. ( Seaborn J. Cash ) Pvt. 10/15/1861. Died at Savannah, Ga. November 19, 1861.

Born about 1838 and was the son of Moses and Nancy Craft Hunt Cash. Capt Hanleiter of Company M, wrote that Seaborn died at Camp Bartow, Savannah, Ga., at 7 o’clock in the morning on Friday, Nov 29th, 1861. He died of typhoid fever, after an illness of one week. His body was placed and coffin and given a military salute of three volleys fired over the coffin by members of Company H. His coffin was then placed in a wagon and transported back to Elbert Co. for burial.

By 1860, both Seaborn's parents had died. He was 22 years old and living on the plantation of his sister, Permelia Cash Craft, in Elbert Co., Georgia. Permelia's husband had died prior to 1860. She was moderately wealthy, owning real estate valued at $5,000 and 14 slaves valued at over $11,000. Seaborn's occupation was listed as carpenter and he owned $1,400 in personal property.

Members of the 38th Ga. Regiment who later died in battles would not receive such elaborate funeral rites. Most were hastily buried in shallow graves on the battlefields, with no rites performed, wrapped in blankets for shrouds. Many still undoubtedly lie in graves across Virginia with tombstones marked with the simple epitaph "Unknown."

1. Diary of Capt. Cornelius Hanleiter.
2. 1860 US Federal Census for Elbert Co., Ga.
3. CSA Service Records

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