(1832 - 1922)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 26th Alabama Infantry
He enrolled as First Lieutenant of Company A, 26th Alabama Infantry on 3 October 1861. He was promoted to Captain on 7 July 1862 when Captain Moore resigned.
On the Campaign
He commanded his Company in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862 and at Sharpsburg on 17 September.
The rest of the War
He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and afterward detailed as Conscript Officer in Fayette County, AL. He was there to at least April 1864. He was in a hospital in Meridian, MS for his wounds on 1 February 1865 and was paroled at Columbus, MS on 26 May 1865.
After the War
In 1870 he was a farmer in Sanford County, AL but by 1880 - and to at least 1900 - he was farming at Caledonia, Lowndes County, MS. He was living with his son Manning in Columbus in 1910 and with his daughter Dessie in 1920.
References & notes
His service from Fincham's roster,1 sourced from Tod L. Molsworth's O'Neal's 26th Alabama: the Little Regiment that Did (2000), source also of his picture, from a photograph from Alabama Confederate Images. His role in Maryland from a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1870-1920. He's also seen as Enoch M. Van Diver. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Sarah Francis Richards (1840-1917) and they had 4 children.
05/21/1832; Anderson District, SC
08/14/1922; Lowndes County, MS; burial in Rowan Cemetery, Caledonia, MS
1 Fincham, Jr., Ray, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry Regimental Histories - Alabama, Published 2005, first accessed 23 August 2020, <https://ranger95.com/civil_war/alabama/index.html>, Source page: /infantry/26ala_inf/26th_ala_inf_roster_a.html [AotW citation 25500]