Capt. Ferdinand Osmun Claiborne

Male 1833 - 1863  (30 years)


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  • Name Capt. Ferdinand Osmun Claiborne 
    Title Capt. 
    Born 1 Jun 1833  Natchez, Adams, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    _MILT Captain, C.S.A. 
    Birth 1 Jun 1833  Soldiers Retreat, Natchez, Adams, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 24 Jun 1863  Vicksburg, Warren, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Burial 26 Jun 1863  Wintergreen Cem, Port Gibson, Claiborne, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 26 Jun 1863  Port Gibson, Claiborne, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Capt. Ferdinand Osmun Claiborne was a native of Mississippi and well known among the early settlers of Alabama. During his early youth he father removed to New Orleans, where the son was educated. At the outbreak of the war he joined Captain Gladdin's company of Cresent City Rifles, and served for a time at Pensacola, and afterward in Virginia. On 9 Sep 1861, he enlisted as a Lieutenant at Richmond, Virginia in the Maryland 3rd Light Artillery. He was killed during the siege Vicksburg, Mississippi on 24 Jun 1863 by a piece of shell.

      At eleven o'clock this Friday morning Capt. "Ferd" Osman Claiborne, Commanding the 3rd Maryland Battery, Reynold's Brigade, was buried in a plain black coffin, according to the forms of the Lutheran Church by Major Giesler of the 59th Tennessee Rifles, a licensed minister. The previous day, Ferd, who thought he glimpsed the foe approaching, borrowed a field telescope from his cousin [W. H. Claiborne] and hurried to a forward artillery position. He had barely given an order to open fire when struck in the face by a shell fragment. The word was quickly brought back to an incredulous William Claiborne, who hurried to his cousin's side. Ferd died a few minutes later without gaining consciousness. That night Captain Claiborne's body, in full uniform, lay in the commanding colonel's tent, attended by an honor guard, as mourning comrades filed past.

      "I wished to have the service read by an Episcopal clergyman but we failed to find one," noted Claiborne. He was buried on a little knoll about 100 yards north of [Brigade Commander, Col. A. W.] Reynold's quarters. The place was selected by Frank and Major Phifer. "I was feeling too badly to go out. I regret there are no trees near the spot to shelter it from the sun and rains, but this was almost unavoidable. I will as soon as possible procure a stone with a suitable inscription to mark the spot."

      "His burial was attended by the colonel and staff, the members of his company and a large number of devoted friends. All were more affected than I remember to have seen on former occasion. The general [Col. Reynolds] wept like a child. It was a strange sight--while shot and shell were falling thick and fast to see strong men used to war and blood and death around them, bend the humble knee, forget their vengeful passions and by the grave of a soldier shed tears like a woman--but so is war."

      [Col. Reynold's HQ was located a few hundred yards to the West of the Salient Point on Hall's Ferry Road. His body was later moved to Mississippi.]
    Person ID I3946  mytree
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 

    Father Osmun Claiborne,   b. 1 Jan 1811, Natchez, Adams, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1845, Natchez, Adams, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary Patterson,   b. 1812, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1901, Claiborne, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 31 May 1832  Port Gibson, Claiborne, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F1718  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Jun 1833 - Natchez, Adams, Mississippi, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1 Jun 1833 - Soldiers Retreat, Natchez, Adams, Mississippi, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Jun 1863 - Vicksburg, Warren, Mississippi, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 26 Jun 1863 - Wintergreen Cem, Port Gibson, Claiborne, Mississippi, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 26 Jun 1863 - Port Gibson, Claiborne, Mississippi, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S38] Claiborne of Virginia: The First Eight Generations, John Frederick Dorman, (Name: Baltimore, 1995;), p471.

    2. [S57] Find A Grave.

    3. [S38] Claiborne of Virginia: The First Eight Generations, John Frederick Dorman, (Name: Baltimore, 1995;), p470.


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