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~ IN MEMORY OF ~

William Preston McNabb and Henry Clay McNabb

dressed in Union military uniforms

b 8 Dec 1845 d 23 May 1865 Civil War casualty

b 8 Dec 1845 d 22 Jan 1908 McMinn CO, TN buried Cochran Cemetery, Englewood, McMinn CO, TN

military service - Privates, Company E, 9th Cavalry, USA, Union Volunteers, Civil War

The following article is taken from an old issue of The Daily Post-Athenian, the only newspaper in Athens, McMinn CO, TN.

Memorial Service Honors Soldiers Buried in Englewood

On Oct. 2, 1863, William Preston McNabb and Henry Clay McNabb, 18-year-old identical twins, sons of Taylor and Margaret McNabb, left their farm in McMinn County and traveled to Loudon to join the Union Army, 9th Tennessee Cavalry, Company E. It is believed their captain, Robert Cochran, was a friend of the family and also from McMinn County. They took part in battles at Blue Springs, Greeneville, Cumberland Gap, Russellville and Morristown. It was reported in October, 1863 that the "9th" for some months had neither arms nor horses.

William was severely wounded in the war by September, 1864 and died as a result on May 23, 1865. Clay survived the war and married Sina Minerva Cline of McMinn County on Dec. 20, 1869. They had nine children. Clay died at the age of 63.

A memorial service is being held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at Cochran Cemetery in Englewood in honor of these and all soldiers buried there from the Revolutionary War to the present.

Historian Stephen Addison will speak on the history of the Civil War. A Civil War reinactment group from Calhoun, GA, will portray a battle from the Civil War era. Boy Scout Toop 114 and Cub Pack 114 of Englewood will decorate the graves of all soldiers.

A copy of the McNabb twins will be presented to the Living Heritage Museum.

Everyone is invited to attend the service.

The article above was clipped from the DPA and given me by my mother a few months before she died 9 July 1992.
by Sandra (Nipper) Ratledge, great-great-great-niece of Henry Clay and Sinai Minerva (Cline) McNabb.

This site is dedicated to the memory of my mother Beulah Cline Nipper, a beautiful product of the Knobs.

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