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Carr Collins Cooper Hollowell Old

Obituary of James Y. Old, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

We, as members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, are again called upon to record the going of one of those defenders of the South whose memories are dear to us. One by one the heroes of that struggle which racked and nearly wrecked our beloved beloved country are leaving us. We have to part with them, for they are to be the connecting links that bind us to a past which can but cling most fondly. One of those gallant ones a short time ago passed from our midst. Rev. James Y. Old, who came to our town a few years after the great war, was born and reared in Virginia, near the city of Norfolk. When quite a young man, almost a youth, he responded to the call to defend the rights of his country and enlisted in the 15th Virginia Cavalry, commanded by Col. C. R. Collins. His company was commanded by Capt. John F. Cooper. Mr. Old did his duty as a soldier and patriot, and at one time during the campaign in Northern Virginia he acted as scout for Gen. Robert E. Lee. His life was spared, and some years after the war he again enlisted as a minister of the gospel in a war where there is no discharge till the great Chaplain says: "Come up higher." He has answered that call, leaving his wife, the companion of his youth, and three sons, useful citizens of our town.

[Committee: Mrs. C. W. Hollowell and Mrs. Edison Carr, Elizabeth City, N. C.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, December, 1916.

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