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CIVIL WAR FURRS

The Furr family has a long history of responding to its country's call to arms. From Fighting Henry Furr of Revolutionary War fame to William Frazier Furr who was killed in World War II, the Furrs have served their country with honor and distinction during times of peace and war. According to Confederate service records in the National Archives, 155 Furrs served in the armies of the Confederate States of America (see table 1 for a state summary).

North Carolina

49

Mississippi

37

Virginia

29

Georgia

12

Arkansas

11

Alabama

6

Texas

5

Missouri

4

South Carolina

1

Tennessee

1

Total

155

Table 1 - Furrs in the Civil War

Since Heinrich Furrer and Russena Roffor raised their family in North Carolina, it is not surprising that most of these Confederate Furrs were from that state. Based on genealogical research to date, it is very likely that most of the Confederate Furrs from North Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia were descendants of Heinrich Furrer. It is also very likely that most of the Confederate Furrs from Virginia were descended from an unrelated Furr line.

So far 47 of these 155 Furrs have been traced to Heinrich Furrer and five of his sons (Leonard -- 19, Paul -- 12, Henry -- 7, John -- 6, and Jacob -- 3). These include eight sons and a grandson of Christian Furr (Leonard line), six sons of Daniel Furr (Paul line), four sons and a brother of Paul "S" Furr (John line), four sons and a grandson of Paul Furr (Leonard line), three sons of Allison Furr (Henry line), one son and five grandsons of Paul Furr (Paul line), and three sons of Enoch Furr (Jacob line). When they joined the army, they ranged in age from 16 to 46. Of the 47, eight were wounded and seven died from battle or disease. The following listings provide more details concerning these Confederate Furrs.


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