In the spring of 1866 the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia passed a resolution to set aside one day annually to memorialize the Confederate dead. Additionally, the secretary of the association, Mrs. Charles J. (Mary Ann) Williams was directed to author a letter inviting the ladies in every Southern state to join them in the observance.The letter was written in March 1866 and sent to all of the principal cities in the South, including Atlanta, Macon, Montgomery, Memphis, Richmond, St. Louis, Alexandria, Columbia, and New Orleans.

The date for the holiday was selected by Mrs. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rutherford Ellis. She chose April 26, the first anniversary of Confederate General Johnston's final surrender to Union General Sherman at Bennett Place, NC. For many in the South, that marked the official end of the Civil War.


Captain C. F. Connor, the namesake of SCV Camp #849, distinguished himself in the Confederate States Army, serving in Company I, 49th Regiment, NC Troops.

An account of his service is reflected in the official Confederate sources:

CONNOR, CHARLES [sic] FULTON, Captain, Company I, 49th Regiment, NC Troops - Born in Catawba County* where he resided as a merchant prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 31. Elected 2nd Lieutenant on March 22, 1862. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on or about July 24, 1862. Promoted to Captain on February 1, 1863. Reported present or accounted for from November, 1862, through December, 1863, and in March-August, 1864. Captured at Five Forks, Virginia, April 1, 1865. Sent to Washington, D.C. Transferred to Johnson's Island, Ohio, April 9, 1865. Released at Johnson's Island on June 18, 1865, after taking the Oath of Allegiance. 1

"CHAS. (sic) F. CONNOR - Lieutenant.  Charles (sic) F. Connor, son of the Hon. Henry W. Connor and Lucy Hawkins Connor (a daughter of Governor Hawkins,) was born at "Greenwood," near the Sherrill Ford in Catawba County, in 1840. His father, H. W. Connor, served as major in the War of 1812, and was a member of Congress for twenty years. He, Charles F. Connor, volunteered in the North Carolina Cavalry in 1842 and was elected 2nd Lieutenant. He served with his command along the Roanoke river in North Carolina and Virginia-a very important line between the two armies-but when the end came he was at home. A very sad thing occurred in connection with young Connor. Just as the war was closing in 1865, he went to Newton to have a settlement with Mr. Moses, a Jew living there at the time. While there the Federal troops came into Newton, and Connor and many others fled to keep from being captured, and poor Connor was shot at long range and killed. He was a fine man and had but few, if any enemies. He left a widow and three children, namely T. Frank Connor, doing a large business at Terrell in Catawba County, and Etta, who married the Rev. W. L. Sherrill, now living in Charlotte. The baby, Charlie Emma, married Dr. W. B. Ramsay of Hickory. She died some years ago and is survived by Dr. Charles Ramsay and Mrs. Nina Hall and their father Dr. W. B. Ramsay." 2

Capt. C. F. Connor, according to Connor family history was actually named Cornelius Fulton Connor.


The Catawba Soldier of the Civil War provides an account of LT Charles F. Connor, with whom there continues to exist confusion between he and Capt. Connor. Capt. C. F. Connor, according to Connor family history was actually Cornelius Fulton Connor

"… C. F. Connor, elected 2nd Lieutenant, was as brave and cool in battle as ever drew a sword. He was always at his post of duty, ever ready to lead his men in the thickest of the fight or wherever ordered by his superior officers. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in July, 1862, and then to Captain of the Company in February, 1863, succeeding Captain Chenault, who died, and remained its Captain until the close of the war, after which he engaged in agriculture. He left behind him a record both in war and private life of which his descendants and friends can justly be proud, one of a pure and exemplary character, imparting to those who mingled with him the great principles of brotherly love and Christian fellowship. He died on his farm in March, 1901. Peace to his ashes." 3

 

 

REFERENCES:

1. North Carolina Troops - 1861-1865-A Roster, N.C. Dept. of Archives & History, Raleigh, North Carolina (1966-2014), 12:116.

2. Prof. George W. Hahn, The Catawba Soldier of the Civil War; Hickory: Clay Printing, Co., 1911, p. 286.

3. Prof. George W. Hahn, The Catawba Soldier of the Civil War; Hickory: Clay Printing, Co., 1911, p. 287.

Further accounts of the service of Capt. C. F. Connor may be found in A True History of Company I, 49th Regiment, North Carolina Troops in the Civil War by William "Billy" A. Day, a member of Company I.