Dr. Elijah A. Davidson was born seventy-six years ago in Bedford County, Tenn. At ten years of age he entered the home of his uncle, Dr. I. S. Davidson, at Richmond, Tenn., where he was reared and treated as one of the family. He was sixteen years old when the War between the States broke out.
He enlisted in October, 1861, in Captain Brown's company from Richmond, which became a part of the 41st Tennessee Regiment Volunteer Infantry, C. S. A. His first fight was at Fort Donelson, February, 1862, where he was captured and sent to prison at Indianapolis. After eight months' confinement he was exchanged at Vicksburg, Niss., in October, 1862, served with the 41st Tennessee Regiments in the campaign around Vicksburg.
At Port Hudson he was discharged as under military age and returned home.
In 1863 he reenlisted this time with Company D, 4th Tennessee Cavalry (Starne's Regiment), then under General Forrest.
After the battle of Chickamauga his command was transferred to General Wheeler and served with him to the end, fighting Sherman through Georgia and surrendering at Washington, Ga., with his command in May, 1865. He was a brave, chivalrous, and faithful soldier.
After the war he studied medicine and practiced his profession at Richmond, loved, respected, and honored by all. Soon afterthe war he united with the Christian Church and had been a faithful member of it. For many years he had been an active elder, delighted in Sunday school work, being a fine teacher of the Bible class.
Dr. Davidson was married on February 18, 1885, to Miss Lizzie Marks, daughter of Rev. Y. B. Marks. Their home was a happy one and ever open to the preacher. Two children, Marks Davidson, of Petersburg, and Mrs. Nellie Shoffner, of Flat Creek, survive him.
He died October 19 at his home at Richmond, Tenn., lamented by his loved ones and friends. He was laid to rest in the Old Orchard Cemetery, at Petersburg, Tenn. The grave must receive its own. Christ is our only shield.
[T. C. Little.]
SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1922.
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