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DOWNING, George*
HAYS, Mary Ann*
BEARD, Neill
FORT, Edna
DOWNING, Valentine
BEARD, Susanna
(Abt 1835-1862)


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DOWNING, Daniel 2542

  • Born: Abt 1835, North Carolina, United States 2542
  • Died: 17 Sep 1862, Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland, United States 2542

bullet  Burial Notes:

There is a Cenotaph makrer Cedar Creek Bapt Ch Cemetery says "Daniel Downing 2nd Lieutenant Company F 24th Regt NC Troops CSA killed Sept 17 1862 at the Battle of Sharpsburg MD Aged 26 yrs Cenotaph". The word Cenotaph indicates that this is a memorial marker but the remains are buried elsewhere or are at an unknown location.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census, 1840, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Valentine Downing's household includes two M<5 [Daniel, George] (Bladen Co, p209)

2. Census, 1850, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Daniel Downing is 14, living with parents. (Cumberland Co, Eastern Division, p68)

3. Military Service: Confederate Soldier, 1 Jun 1861. Daniel J Downing [maybe this one] was Private in Civil War in Co F of 24th NC Infantry, rose to become 2nd Lieutenant. Enlisted 1 Jun 1861 in Fayetteville for 12 months, volunteer. Present at muster 1 Jun 1861 - 1 Mar 1862 except for Dec 1861 when he was absent on furlough. Promoted to 2 Lt on 19 Apr 1862. Stationed at Camp McCulloch in May 1862, Petersburg in June 1862, Rapidan River in Aug 1862. Killed in Battle of Sharpsburg on 17 Sept 1862, Lavinia Groves Farm. Claim was presented by father, V Downing, 12 Oct 1863. (Compiled Confederate Service Records at National Archives)

4. Military Service. 2541 Co F, 24th Regiment NC Troops, the "Cumberland Plow Boys", also included John A Melvin, Alexander Melvin, Daniel Maxwell Melvin, Charles W Gainey, John Gainey, William H Gainey, George A Downing, George W Downing, John B Downing, William A Downing, 2nd Lt James Allen Gainey.

5. Story: Burial Location: Maryland, United States. 2542 I believe I know where the remains of this soldier are buried. He was originally buried on the [Sharpsburg, MD] battlefield in a stone pile, 6 feet from a locust tree near George Burgan's well. This area is known as 'The West Woods'. My source of information is from a very rare book that was published in 1869 by the State of Maryland called "A descriptive list of the burial places of the remains of Confederate soldiers, who fell in the battles of Antietam, South Mountain, Monocacy, and other points in Washington and Frederick counties, in the State of Maryland". His body was eventually disinterred and placed in an unmarked grave within Washington Confederate Cemetery in Hagerstown, Maryland." Posted by Greg Farino - powertekusa at (and cited in Daniel Downing entry at

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