A Dedication and Memorial Ceremony

in Remembrance of the Bolch brothers

Solomon Bolch (ca 1800-ca 1850) and his wife, Elizabeth Catherine Bolick (1810-1888) had six children, four of them were sons. All of these sons went off to war but only one returned. This memorial service is dedicated to the three sons who died in battle, or of wounds received as a result of their bravery.

The dedication ceremony was held on
Saturday, October 20th 2007 at 4:00 P.M.
Old Bolch Cemetery
Spencer Road
Hickory, NC

The Confederate soldiers being remembered are:

BOLCH, EMANUEL, Private - Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted on March 15, 1862. Present or accounted for until he died in hospital at Lovingston, Virginia, August 15-17, 1862, of "febris typhoides." [NCT-8:141/H-176]

BOLCH, JOSEPH, Sergeant Born in Catawba County* where he resided prior to enlisting in Rowan County at age 31, July 4,1862, for the war. Mustered in as Sergeant. Reported present or accounted for through February 28, 1863. Hospitalized at Richmond, Virginia, March 8, 1863, with fever and/or rheumatism. Died in hospital at Richmond on March 19, 1863, of "scrofula." [NCT14:112]

BOLCH, ISRAEL, Private, Co F, 23rd Regiment, NC Troops - Born in Catawba County* where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County on June 6, 1861. Present or accounted for until discharged on August 3, 1862, by reason of disability. Discharge certificate gives his age as 22. [NCT-7:197]

BOLICK, ISRAEL, Private, Co E, 57th Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawba County and was by occupation a day laborer prior to enlisting in Lenoir County at age 24, May 1, 1864, for the war. Sent to hospital sick on June 20, 1864. Died On September 12, 1864, while on sick furlough. Place and cause of death not reported. [NCT-14:149]

Absolum E. L. BOLCH their brother, who survived the war, is buried at
St. Stephens Lutheran Church Cemetery. His record as documented on
this page.




Here's how the project began:

The Capt. C.F. Connor Camp 849, Sons of Confederate Veterans exists to pay tribute to the memory of those who died in the defense of their country. Many gave all they had: their lives. All gave some: their bravery. This is just one example how we have all worked together to accept the charge given by Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee, in 1906.

The old BOLCH cemetery has been known to exist for many years. Few people in Catawba County have been aware of its existence due to overgrowth and lack of care. Descendants who learned of the significance of this historic site gathered together to clean up the grounds and prepare it for a memorial to the BOLCH soldiers who gave their lives for their country. Descendants Carolyn Whitaker of Tenn., Nancy Bolick of Conover and many other folks gathered to prepare the site for the memorial. Memorials were ordered from the Veterans Administration and the ceremony was scheduled. This page pictorially documents the activities at that ceremony.


Derick S. Hartshorn - 2007
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