During our Summer 2001 family
vacation, we had the honor of visiting the National Prisoner of War Museum at
the Andersonville National Historic Site. We
were deeply move by the experience. John and Rachel worked on and
earned their Junior Ranger badges, while Martha, Billy, and I learned about
prisoners of war from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War. We
found out that two Furrs (Enoch Furr of
I know these are not the only Furr prisoners of war. For example, my great grandfather, William Meek Furr, was captured at
Private, 4th North Carolina Cavalry, Company E –
enlisted Cabarrus County, NC, July 7, 1862 (age 20); captured South Mountain,
Virginia, July 4, 1863; confined Fort McHenry, Maryland; transferred Fort
Delaware, Delaware, July 9, 1863; transferred Point Lookout, Maryland, October
22, 1863; died January 28, 1864 of an "incise wound" received during
a fight. He is buried in the
Private, 7th North Carolina Infantry, Company B –
captured at the Battle of Gettysburg and confined at Point Lookout, Maryland,
where he died on January 6, 1864. He is buried in the
Private, 29th North Carolina Infantry, Company A – captured Chickamauga, September 20, 1863. Exchanged Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois, October 2, 1863.
Private, 10th West Virginia Infantry, Company K – died
of diarrhea on October 11, 1864, at Andersonville Prison,
Georgia. He is buried in the
Private, 41st Georgia Infantry, Company E – captured Champion Hill, May 16, 1863, transferred Fort Delaware, June 9, 1863, exchanged July 4, 1963.
Private, 14th Alabama Infantry, Company B – died in the Cliffburn Barracks Hospital in Washington, DC on May 29, 1862, buried Arlington National Cemetery.
Private\Corporal, 4th Mississippi Infantry, Company K – captured Fort Donelson, February 11, 1862, sent to Vicksburg for exchange, September 11, 1862. Captured at Vicksburg, July 4, 1863.
2nd Sergeant, 56th Georgia Infantry, Company I – captured at Vicksburg, July 4, 1863.
Private, 17th Iowa Infantry, Company I – prisoner,
Andersonville Prison, Georgia, exchanged
Private, 8th North Carolina Infantry, Company H – captured at Gaines Mill, June 1, 1864, sent to Point Lookout, Maryland, June 11, 1964, transferred to Elmira, New York, July 12, 1964, released June 11, 1965.
Private, 1st Regiment North Carolina Artillery, also shown
in 10th North Carolina Infantry, Company B – captured at Fort Fisher,
January 15, 1865 and confined at Elmira, New York where he died March 3, 1865
of variola. He is buried in the
Private, 23rd Virginia Cavalry, Company D – captured Clark County, Virginia, February 7, 1865.
2nd Lieutenant, 47th (Crandall's) Arkansas Cavalry Regiment, Company D – captured Woodruff County, Arkansas, December 14, 1864, died of dysentery at Little Rock, Arkansas, Federal Prison on April 23, 1865.
Private, 28th North Carolina Infantry, Company K – captured
Hanover Courthouse, May 27, 1862, transferred to Fort Columbus, New York
Harbor, captured Wilderness, May 12, 1864, sent to Point Lookout, Maryland, May
18, 1864, transferred to Elmira, New York, August 10, 1864, died of pneumonia
on December 6, 1864, Elmira Prison Camp, New York. He is buried in
Private, 3rd Battalion North Carolina Light Artillery,
Company C – captured Fort Fisher, North Carolina, January 15, 1865; confined
Elmira Prison Camp, New York, where he died of typhoid fever on February 23,
1865. He is buried in the
Sergeant, 43rd North Carolina Infantry, Company F – released from Camp Chase, Ohio, in 1865.
Captain, Franklin's 7th Missouri Infantry Regiment – captured
Lewis, Ohio, October 29, 1862, died in Federal prisons in St. Louis,
Private, Mosby’s Calvary, Company A -- captured Loudoun County, Virginia, November 22, 1863, sent to Lincoln General Hospital, transferred to Insane Asylum.
Private, 19th Mississippi Infantry, Company E – captured Germanna Ford, Virginia, April 26, 1863; confined Old Capitol Prison, DC, May 1, 1883; exchanged City Point, Virginia, May 10, 1863.
2nd Lieutenant, 6th Arkansas Infantry, Company H – captured Jonesboro, Georgia, September 5, 1964, transferred to Johnson’s Island, Ohio, November 22, 1864, released Jun 18, 1865.
Private, 28th North Carolina Infantry, Company D -- wounded on 06 May 1864 at Wilderness, Virginia, hospitalized on 08 May 1864 at Washington, DC, confined on 07 September 1864 at Old Capitol Prison, Washington, DC, transferred on 19 September 1864 at Fort Delaware, Delaware, took Oath of Allegiance on 19 June 1865 at Fort Delaware.
Staff Sergeant, US Army Air Corps, captured 1943, Germany, Status: returned, Where Held: Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15, Home State: Washington.
Seaman, second class, US Navy, captured 1942, Philippine Islands, Status: returned, Where Held: Tokyo Sectional Camp #3, Hiraoka, Nagano, Tykyo Bay Area 35-139, Home State: Mississippi.
Private First Class, US Army Corps of Engineers – captured 1943 Sicily, Status: returned, Where Held: Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11), Home State: North Carolina.
Private First Class US Army (17th Ordnance
Company) -- captured 1942 Philippine Islands, Status: returned, Where Held: Hakodate POW Camp-Babai
First Lieutenant, US Army Air Corps (352nd Fighter Group, 328th Fighter Squadron)
– captured 1944