Craven, Caswell Bray, Pvt.
Some very useful emails were received from Walter Y. Boyd, Jr., great great grandson of Pvt. Caswell Bray Craven. Edited versions appear below.
Date : Sun, 3 Sept 2000 6:32:46pm
From : WYBoyd@aol.com
To : email@example.com
Subject : 22nd NC
I very much enjoyed your web site on the Uwharrie Rifles. I recently
discovered that my great, great grandfather, Caswell Bray Craven, was
also a private in the same regiment. His brother, James M. Craven, was killed
near Richmond in August 1862. Another brother, Haywood Marshall Craven, was
killed at Antietam in September 1862. Thanks for putting the site
together. It was very informative and helped me appreciate what my family went
through then. Best regards, Walter Y. Boyd, Jr.
Date: Sun, 3 Sept 2000 10:20:12pm
From : WYBoyd@aol.com
Subject : Re: 22nd NC
You're welcome, John. I will look and see what I have, but it's not too
much. I have several pictures of Caswell Craven from about 1870 (when
my great-grandmother Mattie Craven was born) until his death in 1915, but
my great-grandparents left Randolph County in 1893 to move to Elon College
so that my great-grandfather could study to be a minister. (He founded the
First Christian Church in Greensboro. His father, Reuben Cox, was too
old to serve in the military--he was 53 when the war broke out--but did
supervise the Confederate elections in Randolph County.) The family only went
back to Randolph County a few times for funerals after that. My maternal
grandmother said her grandfather gave her some Confederate money on one of her
visits to use as play money, and I still have some of it. I don't even think my
grandmother knew her grandfather was in the Confederate Army. She
mentioned her two great-uncles being killed, but never her grandfather's service.
I didn't know it until my second cousin, Bruce Washburn--who lives at 1517
Alderman St. in Greensboro--found it out the other day. I have another
cousin, Seth Craven Macon, in Greensboro. He's a retired VP of
Jefferson-Pilot, and is Caswell Craven's grandson. He may have more
information. I will ask Seth the next time I talk to him. So far I've
found three other relatives that served in the Confederate Army: John and
Samuel Huffines--my great, great grandfather and great, great uncle (mother's
father's side)--who were from the McLeansville area of Guilford County.
I'm not sure which regiment they served in, though. I think my great, great
grandfather was about 40 when he enlisted with his son. My great, great
grandfather, George Huffines (Sam's brother), was only 5 when the war
broke out, so he was too young to have served. My great, great grandfather,
William Daniel "Dan" Slayton (father's mother's side), was a first
sergeant in the 13th Virginia Artillery, Ringgold Battery. I have the small
pocket Bible he carried with him throughout the war. His granddaughter (my
paternal grandmother) told me that she used to comb Mrs. Stonewall Jackson's hair
when she was a little girl (about 1900). I was somewhat incredulous until I
read somewhere that Mrs. Jackson lived in Charlotte during her later years
(where my grandmother was from). I am presently living in Gaithersburg,
Maryland. I moved to the Washington area 16 years ago to complete law school.
After completing law school I worked for a federal judge, Marion T. Bennett,
who was the grandson of a Union major general. He used to carry me around
to all of the Civil War battlefields, show me around, and tell me all about the
battles. Anyway, sorry to have gone on for so long but I will be happy
to sign the guestbook (sorry I missed it when I was visiting the web site)
and pass along any information I can. I do know that Caswell Craven's older
brother, Haywood Marshall Craven, wrote a letter to his wife the night
before he was killed at Antietam. (Evidently he was not in the Uwharrie
Rifles, but was in some other outfit. All I know is that a cousin said he was in
"the 9th"--but I don't think that was a regiment.) I have seen the letter
and will try to get a copy of it. His body was burned by federal troops
after the battle, but there is a marker for him at Holly Springs Friends
Meeting cemetery in Randolph County. The marker reads "Haywood Marshall Craven"
but I've seen his name written in family documents as "Marshall Haywood
Craven." Thanks for writing back so quickly. I'll keep in touch and would
appreciate anything you might happen to come across about the Craven brothers.
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