I am replying to Kevin White's message regarding Colonel William B Creaseman's missing statue. I am a great great grandson of Colonel Creaseman. My grandfather, Roy Harold Nelson was a grandson of Col. Creaseman. My grandfather was born in 1898 in Weaverville, NC. He was a baseball player in the Southern Asso League and lived in several southern cities until recruited to play for an industrial team in Youngstown, OH. He had some documents from Col. Creaseman that were handed down to my brother and myself. Amoung them was his promotion to Major, promotion to Colonel, a Courts Martial he headed in 1863, and his resignation paper from 1864. We also have a large framed portrait of Col Creaseman in his uniform. Colonel Creaseman's unit was the 29th North Carolina Volunteers and was an artillary unit with Hood's Army. We believe he was wounded as Hood tried to stop the advance of Sherman through GA. His resignation was wriiten from Dalton, GA in 1864.
My grandfather had recolected the statue being on the square as a child. But he had always told me as a child (I was born in 1945) that the statue was moved to a Baptist cemetary in the Asheville area. How he came about that information, I have no idea. Roy Nelson died in 1977. But we traveled to Asheville in 1972 and searched a couple of church cemetaries on a weekend, but to no avail. The important information that I have is that the statue was moved long before the 1970s.
I am going to be vacationing in the Asheville area this October. I am trying to gather as much info as I can via internet searches and message boards until then. I am hoping to find Colonel Creaseman's gravesite and the mysterious missing statue.
I apreciate any information regarding Colonel Creaseman's history that could be shared.
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