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McKinney, Eli H.


Eli H. McKinney, born in Surry County, N. C., November 6, 1839, died at his home in Knoxville, Tenn., February 11, 1922, in his eighty-fourth year. He was a brave Confederate soldier, an upright citizen, and a devout Christian.

At the beginning of the War between the States, Comrade McKinney enlisted in the Confederate army and served faithfully to the end.

He was a member of the 21st North Carolina Regiment, Trimble's Brigade, Ewell's Division, Jackson's Corps and a noted sharpshooter. He participated in the first battle of Manassas, the battles of Jackson's Valley campaign, Antietam, Gettysburg, and the battles around Richmond. In the second battle of Cold Harbor he was severely wounded, from which he did not fully recover until long after the war closed. Comrade McKinney was married to Miss Myra Scott, of Surry County, N. C., in August 1865. She was a close relative of Governor Franklin of North Carolina, and a woman of fine character. Soon after his marriage he removed to the West, but his love of the South never waned, and in the course of a few years he returned and finally located in Knoxville, where he led an exemplary life for more than thirty years. He was a member of the Fred Ault Camp, No. 5, U. C. V.; and he was a charter member of the Magnolia Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

Funeral services were conducted by his pastor and the chaplain of the Camp, and his body was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, attended by many friends and relatives. A son and two daughters survive him.

Confederate Veteran, Jun 1922

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