2nd Sgt. Robert A. Ray

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Ray, Robert A. (Robert Anderson Ray) - Pvt. 9/26/1861. Transferred to Co. D, and appointed 3d Corp. 4/1/1862; 1st Corp. Jul/1862. Reduced to 3d Corp. Jan/1863. Appointed 2d Sgt. Deserted 12/19/1864. Took oath of allegiance to U.S. Govt. and released 12/24/1864.

Robert Anderson Ray was born in Greenville, SC about 1842. His Father was Patterson Manning Ray of Greenville and his Mother was Rebecca (Scruggs) Ray also of Greenville. R.A. was a stonecutter at Stone Mountain (then called "Little Gibralter") before and after the War. He married Mary McAlpin of Stone Mountain December 19, 1866 (died and is buried at Stone Mountain Cemetery in 1888) and had three children: Anna, Charles and Robert. Anna married Capt. John Rankin's son Charles, but died young. Charles remarried in 1900 and lived until 1920. Robert Anderson Ray was listed in the 1900 Census, in Atlanta, as a Boarder at the Brown household. Still listed as a stonecutter (but family history has him as a sculptor). He died August 28, 1906. I have been unable to find his burial site, but assume it's somewhere in Atlanta. He had 6 brothers who also fought for the Confederacy, and they all lived through the War. If you have additional information or know the burial location of Robert Anderson Ray, please contact me at Squire269@aol.com .

Biography courtesy of Mr. Robert Ray Fields

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