(c. 1838 - 1862)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry
In 1860 he was a 21 year old farm hand living with his mother and siblings on his uncle Francis McKinnie Cheshire's farm at Cuthbert in Randolph County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company K, 7th Georgia State Troops on 21 October 1861 and mustered out at Camp Brown at Smyrna, GA on 20 April 1862. He enlisted again, as a Private in Company E, 13th Georgia Infantry, 16 May 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded by a gunshot in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He died of wounds in the CS General Hospital at Staunton, VA on 10 December 1862. His father Joseph Travis Cheshire (1817-1896) filed a claim for his personal effects and final pay in January 1863.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3, and Henderson,2 both as E.W. Cheshire. Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his middle name as McDonald after his mother Abigail McDonald (1816-1887), and the US Census of 1860.
His brother John M (b 1840) was also in Company E, 13th Infantry.
c. 1838; Randolph County, GA
12/10/1862; Staunton, VA; burial in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, VA
1 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 28412]
2 Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964 [AotW citation 28413]