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Carnahan, John Newton, 1824-1862



  • Existence: 1824 - 1862

Biographical Note

John Newton Carnahan, son of John A. and Elizabeth Bailie Carnahan, was born on December 29, 1824, in an area of Wythe County, Virginia that later became part of Pulaski County. On March 4, 1845, Carnahan married Juliette Sophia Calfee (1826-1909). The couple had six children (Margaret, Edwin, John A., Mary Ellen and Letitia P.) and owned a farm on the south side of the New River.

Carnahan enlisted in Company F, 54th Virginia Infantry at Newbern, Virginia on September 9, 1861. He seems to have remained with the regiment until he fell ill in Russell County, Virginia the following spring. Family tradition holds that Juliette brought her husband to the family's Pulaski County home, where he died on July 25, 1862. (Curiously, however, Carnahan's published obituary states that he died in Russell County.)

Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:

John Newton Carnahan Letters

Identifier: Ms-2009-112

The collection includes American Civil War letters from Private John Newton Carnahan of the 54th Virginia Infantry to his wife, Juliette Sophia Calfee Carnahan, and children in Pulaski County, Virginia.

Dates: 1861 - 1862

Letter, John Carnahan to Sons, Paintsville Ky., December 21, 1861 (Ms2009-112)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2009-112_CarnahanJohnNewton_Letter_1861_1221

Letter, John Carnahan to Wife and Children, [Dickensonville Va.?], May 9, 1862 (Ms2009-112)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2009-112_CarnahanJohnNewton_Letter_1862_0509

Letter, John Carnahan to Wife and Children, Tazewell County Va., November 15, 1861 (Ms2009-112)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2009-112_CarnahanJohnNewton_Letter_1861_1115

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