S B McElrath
Several years ago my wife and I went to Ship Island in Gulf
of Mexico from Gulfport Ms. to a Fort Massachusetts used in
War between the States, saw a list of Prisoners of war Deaths, saw a listing of S B McElrath. Here is what I have
found somebody might be looking for this.
S B McElrath Pvt. Lock's Bat. HDec. 17 1864 Dysentery.
Sixty-Second Alabama Infantry Regiment, Lockhart's Battalion,the nucleus of this regiment, was organized at Selma, in Jan. 1864, and was on duty in the State till July, when it moved up to Cheha, and lost severely in the fight there with Rousseau. A few days after, it was organized as the Sixty-Second Alabama regiment, at Mobile.
Stationed at Fort Gaines, the regiment was in the bombardment of that place, losing several killed and wounded, and the remainder captured.The prisoners were taken to New Orleans and Ship Island, and subjected to brutal treatment at the hands of the enemy. Exchanged in Mobile Bay, Jan. 4, 1865. Placed in garrison at Spanish Fort, as part of Thomas' brigade(with Sixty-third Alabama), the regiment withstood the siege there for six days, with
some loss, and was then relieved by Holtzclaw's brigade. It served through the siege ans bombardment of Blakeley, losing a number killed and wounded, and was captured in the
assault of the works. Taken to Ship Island, the men were exchanged in time to be surrendered with the deptartment.
The regiment was composed wholly of young men, and was complimented in special orders by General Lidell for its conduct at Spanish Fort.
I hope somebody can use this, and I have listing of other people killed in this time frame, will be glad to share, or will give you directions to find.
I don't know who this man was related, but he was part of McElrath family, who Died for our Freedom. GOD BLESS.