Column Formation

Sheila Simpson

Joined May 2008

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One of the many rows found in the oldest section of the Salisbury National Cemetery (Salisbury, NC). In this row, only George Duffy of New York is known. During the American Civil War, Duffy served with the 96th NY, which began as a coastal defense unit before becoming a light infantry unit. Most likely Duffy was captured at New Bern, North Carolina in northeastern North Carolina, when troops under Gen. Ambrose Burnside took possession of that city. Duffy died at the Salisbury Prison Camp in May 1865, having been too ill to be evacuated in the wake of General George Stoneman’s raid into western North Carolina to destroy Confederate warehouses and liberate the prison at Salisbury. According to Lonnie Speer, author of Portals to Hell, had Salisbury remained open, it would have been considered far worse than Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

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