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obit & Civil War info for Elijah Severe Pitner, 1842-1917

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obit & Civil War info for Elijah Severe Pitner, 1842-1917

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 3:33PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Pitner, Simmons, Pierce, Gill
Glasco Sun, Jan. 4, 1917, page 1:
Elijah Severe Pitner was born in Union county, Georgia, October 1, 1842, and died at his home in Glasco, Kansas, January 1, 1917, age 74 years and 3 months.
In his childhood he removed with his parents to Lumpkin county, Ga., where he spent his youth and young manhood. In his nineteenth year he enlisted in the 52nd Georgia volunteer regiment for service in the Confederate army, in which, until the close of the war, he served faithfully the cause he thought was right. He was the last surviving Confederate soldier of this vicinity.
At the close of his active service in the war, he returned home and was united in marriage September 4, 1864, to Martha Simmons. To this union was born five children: Mrs. Sallie Pierce, deceased; S.J. and W.E. Pitner of Glasco, Kansas; Mrs. Bessie Gill of Rice, Kansas; James M. Pitner of Washington, Ga. He also raised two orphaned granddaughters, Dora and Dulcye Pierce. His four surviving children and eight grandchildren sincerely mourn for him.
He came to Kansas in March 1887, and has resided in Cloud county for twenty-six years. His wife died October 20, 1911, after which he moved to Glasco and has since resided at this place.
In early manhood he joined the Baptist church, and while not identified with any church at this place, he has of late attended the M.E. church here and was the charter Senior member of the Junior League and a general favorite of a host of children whose friend and counselor he was.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Masonic orders here, and leaves many kind friends to regret his death.
Funeral services were held in the M.E. church, after which he was laid to rest in the Glasco cemetery under the auspices of the Odd Fellow order.

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War Memoirs of E.S. Pitner
E.S. Pitner was born in Union county, Ga., October 1, 1842. He enlisted at Dahlonega, Ga., March 4, 1862, in Company D, 52nd regiment, Georgia Infantry, and served under Gen. Kirby Smith in his campaign in Kentucky and Tennessee. He participated in battles Cumberland Gap, Craborchard, Knoxville to Murfreesboro, Tenn. From there he was sent to Vicksburg, Miss., to defend this stronghold from the attack by Gen. Grant's forces.
He was in the battles of Kenesaw, Bayon and Baker's Creek or Champion Hills in near of Vicksburg at which place he was made a prisoner of war. After Gen. Grant's forces made an investment of Vicksburg and established a base at Hafnes Bluff on the Yazoo River, he with some three thousand other prisoners were placed on boats and taken to Cairo, Ill., then by railroad to Indiana, and confined at the fair grounds. Here he met many Indiana soldiers that he had helped capture at Cumberland Gap, who had been paroled and sent home. After remaining there about five days they were sent by rail via Pittsburg, Pa., to Delaware Bay, and in July, 1863, were exchanged at City Point, Va., and he returned to the service at Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Lookout Mountain and the campaign in the vicinity of Athens, Ga., under Gen. Longstreet. Went into winter quarters at Dalton, Ga.
In the spring of 1864 he fought almost every day in the Atlanta campaign under Gen. Hood, his first battle being at Peach Tree and West End, falling back from Atlanta to Newton, thence back toward Nashville, which place they failed to reach, having fought battles at Columbus, Tenn., again near Nashville, which was the last Battle he was in, Sherman having passed them for the sea. Gen Lee surrendered his army, Gen. Johnson soon did likewise, and he returned home, was married and settled down until the spring of 1877, when he went to California, returning in the fall of 1878 to Georgia, and in 1887 moved to Kansas where he died Jan. 1, 1917.
W.W. Palmer

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