HIRAM HENDERSON joined the Confederate Army July 10, 1861 at Rising Fawn, Georgia. Capt. J. C. Nisbet enlisted him in Company H, 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry becoming a Private in the troupe known as the Invincible Greys. Hiram had moved his family to Dade County, Georgia in the late 1850s. He and his brother, Marion were working for the railroad and they lived in Trenton. Hiram H. was the son of William T. and Matilda King Henderson. He was born in Tennessee Dec. 1826 moving with his parents to Cherokee County, Alabama. He married Rachel McNew the daughter of Elijah and Sarah Jane Milton McNew around 1846 in Cherokee County, Ala. Rachel was born March 1833 in Tennessee. Their children, Elijah ca. 1848 married Elizabeth Bartlett, Sarah Jane ca. 1852 married Richard Alien they are buried at Morton Chapel, Etowah County, Ala. James b. ca. 1853 married Martha Bartlett sister of Elizabeth, after his death she married his brother John b. April 1861, James, John, Martha, Elijah and Elizabeth are all buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery Cherokee County, Al., Hannah Zora b. ca. 1854 married John L. Crane, all the above children were born in Al. except for John, he and his sister Elizabeth Jane were born in Dade County, Georgia. Elizabeth b May 6, 1859 married Samuel Bose Crane Dec. 30, 1883 in DeKalb County, Al. He and John Crane are brothers and they are buried at Union Hill Cemetery, Cherokee County, Al., George ca. 1871 later married and moved to Tennessee.

Rachel stayed in Dade County until her husband returned in 1865. He had been wounded several times, Farmville, Va. July 1, 1862, Richmond Va. at Howard’s Grove and at Sharpsburg, Sept. 17, 1862. He was captured at Gettysburg July 5, 1863. He remained a prisoner and was transferred from Fort Delaware, Del. to Chester Hospital, Pa. 1863 and on to Point Lookout, Md. Oct. 2, 1863. He remained there until Jan. 1865 when he took the oath. His leg was removed after his return and it is believed he took the oath to keep them from removing his leg at the prison.  Their family returned to Alabama but some of their descendants returned to make Dade County their home. Hiram and Rachel are believed to be buried on Lookout Mountain in McNew Cemetery located in DeKalb County, Al.

Submitted by Loy Eugene Crane, Sr. Summerville, G.

Loy is a Great Grandson of Hiram and Rachel Henderson

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