Elijah Sanford Davis

Elijah Sanford Davis


Private, Co. C. (Later - Corporal, Co. I.)
6th Alabama Infantry, CSA
1861-1865
Father Mother
Samuel G. Davis Elizabeth Sheffield

The following is from Ancestors and Kin: by Mary Kennedy Reynolds, ©1991, pages 319 and 320.
Comments by DJB in italics.

ELIJAH SANFORD DAVIS


Elijah S. Davis, assumed to be the second child of Samuel G. Davis and his first wife, was born on March 20, 1843; died on May 10, 1910. He is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Clarke County, AL. Records of Adele Rivers say Elijah died May 2nd, not May 10th.

Civil War Records in Clarke County show that an E. S. Davis served as a Pvt. in Co. C, 6th Regiment; he enlisted in Wilcox County in May of 1861 and was discharged on May 8, 1865. He applied for a pension at age 58 due to disabilities, giving his address as Thomasville, Alabama.

The following excerpt is from Memorial Record of Alabama, Vol. I, (©1893, Brant & Fuller; Madison, Wisconsin), reprinted 1976.

History of 6th Alabama Infantry:
Organized at Montgomery, May 1861 and ordered first to Corinth, Mississippi then to Virginia where it passed the fall and winter in vicinity of Manassas Junction, and reorganized the following spring, enlisting for the whole of the war. Its first serious fighting was at Seven Pines, where it suffered terribly, losing 102 of its number. Its mutilated columns passed with great distinction, but with additional suffering, through the battles of Mechanicsville, Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill, Boonsboro, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Winchester. A number of its men were captured at Cedar Creek. Moving back to Petersburg, it was placed in Fort Mahone, exposed to continual fire, until its eighty men, under Lt. Col. Culver, surrendered at Appomattox.
The above excerpt was sent to me by William Andrew Davis of Montgomery, AL, a descendant of Elijah S. Davis. Other information furnished by Bill states that Elijah was discharged in 1861, but Barefield's Clarke County Alabama Records give the year 1865. Whatever the date of discharge, Elijah enlisted as a musician (Private), but was later placed in the ranks. When he was discharged, it was as a Corporal. (Elijah may have been discharged in 1861 but rejoined when the company was reformed as Company I.)

Elijah received a stomach wound, according to family tradition but this fact is not documented anywhere. (Alabama Confederate Service/Pension Record shows discharged due to disability, May 25, 1861. However, Elijah Davis continues to show up on Pay rolls through 1865.)

Family tradition says that Laura Ann Philen, who would become Elijah's first wife, wrote letters to local boys who fought for the South during the Civil War. Elijah was so impressed by Laura through her letters that he arranged to meet her when he returned and they soon married. (Laura Philen attended the Centenary Institute of Summerfield College near Selma during the first part of the war. She wrote many letters.)

Elijah and Laura Ann Philen were married on January 15, 1866. Laura was the daughter of Wesley Philen and Mary Walker. Laura was born on March 28, 1842. She and Elijah had seven known children before she died on January 15, 1877, two days after the birth of their last child. Laura is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery between Thomasville and Fulton.


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