I am hoping you can help, or direct me to someone who can, to clear up a mystery that has prevailed for many years.
I am an American who has built a memorial website in Australia, www.acwv.info, dedicated to all the American Civil War veterans now buried in Australia and New Zealand; and there are a lot of them. The web site has now been archived by the National Library of Australia.
In doing so I have found an artilleryman who supposedly fought at Gettysburg and is now buried in southern Australia; without a headstone. I am working to acquire one for him, as I am for some 40+ others, but need to confirm his unit; which I have been unable to do.
James Cawte was born in 1847 at Cornwell, England.As a very young boy James joined the Royal Navy and worked as a “Powder Monkey” aboard the Royal Navy ship “Vincent”, loading gunpowder into his ship’s cannons. Eventually, his ship was either damaged, or sunk, while in the waters of the United States during the American Civil War, resulting in his discharge from the Royal Navy in 1860. It was then he began working as a gunner in the Confederate Army.
James Cawte died on October 12, 1919 at seventy-four years of age and was buried on October 24, 1919 in the family plot in the Common Protestant 1 Section of the Port Pirie Cemetery
Can anyone provide information to help with this veteran?Frankly, I'm at my wits end on this one.
Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated and if you would like his memorial presentation once completed, I would be happy to make it available.