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Furr Prisoners of War

Enoch Furr Headstone

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 West Virginia and Ioha Furr of Iowa) were prisoners at Andersonville during the Civil War.  I have not been able to trace the lineage of either of these Furrs.


I know these are not the only Furr prisoners of war.  For example, my great grandfather, William Meek Furr, was captured at Germanna Ford, Virginia on April 26, 1863.  He was confined at the Old Capitol Prison, DC, on May 1, 1883 and was exchanged at City Point, Virginia on May 10, 1863.  There were several other Furr POWs during the Civil War, including some who died in Union prisons.  As time permits, I intend to include all of the Furr POWs I can identify on this page.  Please let me know if you can provide details concerning any of these brave Furrs.

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

ADAM M. FURR

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 Confederate Cemetery, Point Lookout, Maryland.

 

ALLISON FURR

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 Confederate Cemetery, Point Lookout, Maryland.

 

CHARLES FURR

Private, 29th North Carolina Infantry, Company A – captured Chickamauga, September 20, 1863. Exchanged Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois, October 2, 1863.

 

ENOCH FURR

Private, 10th West Virginia Infantry, Company K – died of diarrhea on October 11, 1864, at Andersonville Prison, Georgia.  He is buried in the Andersonville National Cemetery.

 

F.M. FURR

Private, 41st Georgia Infantry, Company E – captured Champion Hill, May 16, 1863, transferred Fort Delaware, June 9, 1863, exchanged July 4, 1963.

 

FRANKLIN FURR

Private, 14th Alabama Infantry, Company B – died in the Cliffburn Barracks Hospital in Washington, DC on May 29, 1862, buried Arlington National Cemetery.

 

GEORGE M. FURR

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.

 

H. FURR

2nd Sergeant, 56th Georgia Infantry, Company I – captured at Vicksburg, July 4, 1863.

 

IOHA FURR

Private, 17th Iowa Infantry, Company I – prisoner, Andersonville Prison, Georgia, exchanged April 15, 1865.

 

J. PINKNEY FURR

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.

 

JOHN B. FURR

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 Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

 

JOHNSTON FURR

Private, 23rd Virginia Cavalry, Company D – captured Clark County, Virginia, February 7, 1865.

 

JOHNSTON FURR

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.

 

LAWSON ALEXANDER FURR

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 the Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

 

MARTIN FURR

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 Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

 

Paul M. FURR

Sergeant, 43rd North Carolina Infantry, Company F – released from Camp Chase, Ohio, in 1865.

 

RICHARD B. FURR

Captain, Franklin's 7th Missouri Infantry Regiment – captured Lewis, Ohio, October 29, 1862, died in Federal prisons in St. Louis, Missouri on December 11, 1862.  He is buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Missouri.

 

T.M. FURR

Private, Mosby’s Calvary, Company A -- captured Loudoun County, Virginia, November 22, 1863, sent to Lincoln General Hospital, transferred to Insane Asylum.

 

WILLIAM MEEK FURR

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.

 

WILLIAM S. FURR

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.

 

WILSON M. FURR

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.

 

 

WORLD WAR II

COY L. FURR

Private First Class, US Army Infantry – captured 1944, Belgium, Status:  returned, Where Held:  Stalag 13D Nuremburg (Oflag 73) Bavaria 49-11.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON FURR

Telegraphist Third Class, US Navy – USS Pope, captured Southwest Pacific, Status:  returned, Where Held:  Camp Makassar Celebes Island 5-119.

 

HUGH H. FURR

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.

 

INGRAM OSBURN FURR

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.

 

MARVIN D. FURR

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.

 

PAUL E. FURR

Private First Class US Army (17th Ordnance Company) -- captured 1942 Philippine Islands, Status:  returned, Where Held:  Hakodate POW Camp-Babai - Machi Hokkaido Island 41-140, Home State:  West Virginia.

 

PAUL R. FURR

Private First Class, US Army – Karenko and Shirakawa Prison Camps, Taiwan (Formosa), maybe same as above.

 

WILLIAM W. FURR

First Lieutenant, US Army Air Corps (352nd Fighter Group, 328th Fighter Squadron) – captured 1944 France (lost August 13, 1944 flying P51B named Lois), 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.

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