From The (Raleigh, N. C.) News & Observer of May 29, 2005:
Man gets medal for ancestor's Civil War service and deathSince when is a great-great-uncle an ancestor? Close enough for government work, I guess. To claim your own medal (4,000 are still available), visit the West Virginia State Archives website.
The Associated Press
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Alexander Eaves of Guyandotte was 29 when he died in a Confederate prison in Salisbury, N.C., six months after his capture during the Battle of Kernstown-Winchester, Va., on July 24, 1864.
Eaves had also seen action at Hurricane Bridge, Point Pleasant, New River Bridge and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Eaves' commanding officer, future president Rutherford B. Hayes, wrote to Eaves' wife that the 13th Regiment of the West Virginia Volunteer Infantry "behaved splendidly" and were "worthy of special commendation."
But it took 140 years for his family to get that commendation.
[Cordell] Adkins, 64, proved his connection to Eaves by researching military, census, birth and death records. He discovered he is a great-great-grandson of Thomas M. Eaves, Alexander Eaves' brother.
He received his ancestor's medal in Charleston on Jan. 29.
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