Our BIRD Ancestors in the Civil War 1861-1865

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LINTON & BIRD Chronicles, Volume VIII, Issue 1 Spring © 2013, ISSN 1941-3521

 Welcome to Our BIRD Ancestors in the Civil War 1861-1865

 updated January 9, 2013

Did you know we have 289 BIRD and aligned suename branches of our ancestors that fought in the Civil War?

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Hite BIRD (1852-?)

Hite BIRD, born in 1852, served in Company C, 7th Virginia Cavalry, Laurel Brigade, Shenandoah County, Virginia, Confederate States of America as a private. Under General Thomas L. Rosser with commanders Colonel Angus McDonald and later Colonel Turner Ashby.

Hite BIRD (1852-?) was the son of Judge Mark BIRD Sr. (1810-1883) and Sarah Clark Maury HITE (1814-?) of Bird's Nest, Mount Jackson, Shenandoah Co., VA. (Mount Jackson is now located in Shenandoah County, but the Bird family home sites of Craney Island Plantation and Bird’s Nest Plantation are located in Rockingham County, Virginia. Under the shadow of Bird Knob in the Massanutten Mountains. All of this land was originally in Augusta County, Virginia.

Private Hite BIRD, born in 1852, served in Company C, 7th Virginia Cavalry, Laurel Brigade, Shenandoah County, Virginia, Confederate States of America as a private. Under General Thomas L. Rosser with commanders Colonel Angus McDonald and later Colonel Turner Ashby.

Above This a portrait of Private Hite Bird of the Virginia Regiment Confederate States of America. Hite BIRD (1852-?) was the son of Judge Mark BIRD Sr. (1810-1883) and Sarah Clark Maury HITE (1814-?) of Bird's Nest, Mount Jackson, Shenandoah Co., VA. (Mount Jackson is now located in Shenandoah County, but the Bird family home sites of Craney Island Plantation and Birdís Nest Plantation are located in Rockingham County, Virginia. Under the shadow of Bird Knob in the Massanutten Mountains. All of this land was originally in Augusta County, Virginia. Photo Information: Title: [Portrait of Pvt. Hite Bird, Virginia Regiment, C.S.A.] Published Date: [between 1860 and 1865, re-photographed 1961] Notes: Forms part of Selected Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 (Library of Congress) Copy photo made by LC in 1961 of tintype in collection of Mrs. Rebecca Williams, Alexandria, Va. American Memory edition timeline. No. 1049 Forms part of Brady Civil War Phonogram Card Number: cwp2003001085/PP Call Number: Civil War Reference File[P&P] Medium: 1 photographic print.................................Below photo: Ruins of Gaines Mill, photographer unknown, circa 1880 (Army Heritage Education Center)

Do you know which one of our ancestors was wounded at the battle of Gains Mill?

Augustus "Gus" GAY (1840-1879)

Augustus "Gus" GAY (1840-1879), my second great-great-grandfather, was born in Will County, Illinois. Gus enlisted as a Private in Company G, 4th Infantry Regiment Texas from McLennan County, Texas. Gus fought in every battle from Bull Run July 21, 1861 to Gains Mill, June 27, 1862.

The Civil War Trust are trying to save 285 acres of Gains Mill Civil War Battle Field. we have the opportunity to save 285 acres of the Gaines' Mill battlefield. The very ground that Longstreet's men charged through on June 27, 1862. Saving this ground will be one of the Civil War Trust's biggest accomplishments to date and this tract will expand the preserved section of the battlefield by more than 400%!

The Battle of Gaines' Mill

June 27, 1862

This was the third of the Seven Days’ Battles. On June 27, 1862, Gen. Robert E. Lee renewed his attacks against Porter’s V Corps, which had established a strong defensive line behind Boatswain’s Swamp north of the Chickahominy River. Porter’s reinforced V Corps held fast for the afternoon against disjointed Confederate attacks, inflicting heavy casualties. At dusk, the Confederates finally mounted a coordinated assault that broke Porter’s line and drove his soldiers back toward the river. The Federals retreated across the river during the night. Defeat at Gaines’ Mill convinced McClellan to abandon his advance on Richmond and begin the retreat to James River. Gaines’ Mill saved Richmond for the Confederacy in 1862.

 

Editor Note: October 20, 2011 Augustus "Gus" GAY (1840-1879) (Brief Historical Sketch) is in the process of being updated and will be ready soon.

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Captain Marcus Ross BIRD (1816-1887)

Captain Marcus Ross BIRD (1816-1887) was a captain in the Mexican War. Marcus served in the Army of the Confederate States of America, as a private in Company B, 5th Carolina State Troops from August 1, 1863 to November 9, 1863. He was wounded and was discharged by the Surgeon.

Descendants of Captain Marcus Ross BIRD (1816-1887)

Captain Marcus Ross BIRD (1816-1887), the son of Colonel Edward BIRD & Margaret Elizabeth SMITH, was born on January 9, 1816, in Kings Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina.

Marcus Ross BIRD (1816-1887) was a captain in the Mexican War. Marcus served in the Army of the Confederate States of America, as a private in Company B, 5th Carolina State Troops from August 1, 1863 to November 9, 1863. He was wounded and was discharged by the Surgeon.

Marcus married Dorinda Alice NANCE, daughter of Doctor Zachariah NANCE and Nancy Smith LIPSCOMB, cerca 1850, in North Carolina. Dorinda was born on September 2, 1832 in Union District, Union County, South Carolina. Alice died on December 9, 1857, in Grover, Cherokee County, North Carolina. at age 25, and was buried in the Grover Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Cleveland County, North Carolina.

Marcus died on September 1, 1887, in Grover, Cherokee County, North Carolina. at age 71, and was buried in Grover Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Cleveland County, North Carolina.

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