"WALKING THROUGH OUR PAST WHILE PRESERVING FOR FUTURE
Marker Dedication for Sgt. Mathew Patton
50th Virginia Infantry - July 13th, 2013
purchased and set the markers with the
assistance of Earl Smith with the Sons of
Confederate Veterans, along with our very
own UCCA Past President, Robert B. Ellison.
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L-R: 1st row
- Ollie N. Ellison, UCCA
Board Member; Ellen
L-R: 2nd row- Robert B.
Ellison, UCCA Board Member;
Gerry Myers, UCCA Board
Member; Walter McAfee, Vice
President; Scott Hall,
for Sgt. Mathew Patton, 50th
Virginia Infantry - C.S.A.
L-R- Sons of
the Confederates: Phil
Butler, Earl Smith, Ryan
McKenzie, Jeff Sardella,
Brian Fox, Rick Scott, Sam
Miller, Commander Scott
Hall, Adjutant John Hitt,
Arthur Harris, Ron Jones,
Sons of the
fire off a
Clawson - 1st wife of Sgt.
Mathew Patton, 50th Virginia
Infantry, C.S.A. Married
April 12, 1866
with the Sons of Confederate
Veterans, along with UCCA
Past President, Robert B.
Sheckles Boruff - 2nd wife
of Sgt. Mathew Patton, 50th
Virginia Infantry, C.S.A.
Married August 1906
Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veteran in
conjunction with The Union County Cemeteries
Association dedicated a Confederate
Veteran Grave marker for 2nd Sergeant Mathew
McDaniel “Dan” Patton Co. A 50th Virginia
Infantryman on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11:00
AM. This ceremony will took place at Sgt.
Patton’s grave in the New Mossy Springs
Cemetery located in the Chuck Swain Wildlife
Reservation, Sharps Chapel, Tennessee.
About Sgt. Matthew
Daniel, as he
was commonly called, was born in Alamance
Co, NC in March of 1845. Alamance County is
in the northern middle part of North
Carolina. I believe in the 1850's his family
removed from there to Lee Co, Virginia,
probably for land opportunities. Lee County
is in the most southeastern corner of
Virginia, wedged in-between Tennessee and
On the 12th
of April 1866, he married Sarah C.
Clawson in Lee Co. You will notice I
have skipped over his war years, of
which I intend to address when he later
applies for a pension.
not find Daniel in the 1870 census. I
have found from past research that this
is not unusual for Confederate veterans.
Sometimes they just did not want to be
found or did not want to have anything
to with the Federal Government. However,
I did find his father in law in the 1870
census in Sharps Chapel. So Daniel
could have been there at that time or
came along shortly thereafter. To come
from Lee County, one could just float
down the Powell river to Sharps Chapel.
Daniel and his wife Sarah had nine
children from 1866 to 1886. Sarah passed
away in November of 1904 and is buried
right here. (New Mossey Springs
Cemetery, Sharps Chapel, Union Co, TN)
About a year and a half later, on 4
August 1906, Daniel marries Tyne
Sheckles Boruff. She is a widow with
three children. He is 61 and
she is 23! ..........Together
they have eight more
children!.........So all tolled Daniel
has 20 children to raise.
Daniel applies for a Confederate Pension
in April of 1911. We find his service to
the Confederacy was from 10 May 1861 to
2 May 1865, from the start of the
war to the finish. He joined Co
A, 50th Reg ,VA Inf at
Wytheville, Virginia. Daniel=s
muster records are not very complete,
but we can determine from his muster
records, pension application, the sworn
affidavits, and the 50th
regimental history that Daniel was a 2nd
Sgt with the 50th=s
company of Sharpshooters. That he fought
with both the Army of Tennessee and the
Army of Northern Virginia. He fought at
Fort Donelson, was captured and later
exchanged. His unit was transferred to
the Dept of Western Virginia and fought
at Carnifax Ferry. The 50th
was then transferred to the Army of
Northern Virginia and fought at
Winchester, 2nd Manassas,
Chancellorsville, Cold Harbor,
Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Antietam and
several smaller battles. They were with
Gen Early when he moved through the
Shenandoah Valley to threaten
How did he ever survive?
....God must have been with him!
trying to prove that he remained with his
unit until the very end, his comrades in
arms sent affidavits that said, I was with
I was taken prisoner at Spotsylvania Court
House ......until Gettysburg when I was
captured, ....until 12 may 1864 when I was
captured, ....until 1 March 1865 when I was
captured at Woodstock, VA.
Woodstock Daniels unit headed south to try
to join up with Gen Lee. But by this time
Lee had surrendered. The unit rather than
surrendering, disbanded and tried to make
it home. Daniel made it back to Lee County
and was paroled May 2, 1865 at Cumberland
Gap, KY. On his pension application one
question asks "How
did you get out of the Army, when and where?"
His answer was "Disbanded
after surrender May 1865 near Richmond, VA".
Another question asks "Did
you take the oath of allegiance to the
United States Government"
did after I got home".
Question "If so when and under what circumstances?"
had to if I got to stay at home".
One question I thought was amusing. "Do
you use intoxicants to any extent?"
to any excess."
After three years of paper
work his pension was approved on the 25th
of May 1914. Daniel draws his pension from
the state of Tennessee for about eight years
and goes to his maker on the 7th
of Feb 1922. He was then buried by his first
wife Sarah. Tyne now has eight children to
care for ages 4-18. Tyne dies a year later
on the 4th of March 1923 in
LaFollette and was brought back to Sharps
Chapel for burial beside Daniel. As best
that I can determine the eight children were
spread among their Uncles and Aunts.
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County Cemeteries Association is a non-profit organization*
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the more unusual headstones and burial sites
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list and show pictures of some of the many
burial sites that have not had headstones in
the past, but through the efforts of the
UCCA and many individuals, markers have been
purchased and placed.
individual pioneer cemeteries have been cleaned, we have on occasion
found a grave with an overturned marker that was buried under many
years of natural debris. In addition, we have also found on occasion
a field stone that was used to mark a grave, that upon close
inspection would reveal a name and/or dates crudely scratched into
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majority of the cemeteries now have signs, but there is still much
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major issues that is now being addressed is fencing for those
cemeteries who need it. Several of the older neglected cemeteries
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