Nicholas and Elizabeth Abernathy Atkinson
Nicholas Faulkner Atkinson, son of James Atkinson and
Martha Greenhill Faulkner, husband of Elizabeth Abernathy.
Elizabeth "Betsie" Abernathy, wife of Nicholas
Elizabeth's death certificate is for Cherokee County,
Georgia under the name Betsie Adkison. Her father is listed as Andy
The follow story comes from Allen Atkinson who maintains
in North Georgia website:
Civil War story
Added by adkerson51 on 27 Mar 2008
Nicholas F Atkinson joined the Confederate Army at Big
Shanty, Cobb Co,
Georgia as a Private on March 26, 1862. He was a member of Company
18th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia.
June 27, 1862, Nicholas was "slightly wounded in the shoulder"
Battle of Gaine's Mill. He was admitted at Chimborazo Hospital No.
Richmond, Virginia on June 30, 1862, and was transferred to the CSA
General Hospital at Danville, Virginia on July 3, 1862. He returned
duty July 6, 1862. On September 17, 1862, his unit was engaged in
Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, Virginia. On November 26, 1862,
Nicholas was admitted at General Hospital No. 13 in Richmond with
"catarrh fever" (old term for inflammation of the mucuos
membranes of the
nose and throat). On December 3, 1862, he was given 30 days furlough.
May 25, 1863, he wrote a letter to 2nd Auditor in Richmond requesting
that the pay and clothing of Pvt Elijah Abernathy, who died that same
month, be forwarded to his widow, Mary L Abernathy, in Bartow Co,
Nicholas was wounded "in the side" and captured by the enemy
Battle of Gettysburg on or about July 5, 1863. His grandson, Judson
Atkinson, says that he was told by his father, Hardy Atkinson, that
Nicholas was hit by a stray bullet while cleaning his rifle under
bridge. On July 21, 1863 he was sent to DeCamp General Hospital, David's
Island, New York Harbor. Official records state that Nicholas appears
a roll of prisoners of war paroled at City Point, Virginia on September
8, 1863 and his name appears on a "muster roll of a detachment
and exchanged prisoners at Camp Lee, near Richmond, Virginia,"
September 16, 1863. The records also show that he received $22 pay
the period September 1, 1863-October 31, 1863. He was paid on December
14, 1863. A muster roll dated December 14, 1864, states that Nicholas
last paid on May 1, 1864, and that he has "Gone to the Yankees."
roll dated July 2, 1864 says Nicholas was "Absent without leave
1863." A muster roll dated January 31, 1865 says "Absent
gone to the enemy." When his widow, Elizabeth, applied for a
based on his service on March 11, 1901, his brother, John Francis
Atkinson, and two others, W H Barron and W W Cotton, all members of
18th Regiment, when asked if Nicholas was with his regiment at the
surrender, answered "No. He was in prison, having been captured."
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