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Rader Shannon

Obituary of C. G. Rader, Randolph County, (West) Virginia.

Capt. C. G. Rader was born in Randolph County, Va. (now West Virginia), on January 22, 1844, and while he was a small boy his parents moved to Arkansas, where, in a short while, his father died. Soon afterwards, the family moved back to Randolph County, and when the war came on, young Rader, then but a boy of seventeen years, immediately enlisted as a private in the Confederate army. He was soon commissioned as captain, and this boy officer experienced some hard fighting, but went through the war without a wound; he was beloved by his men.

In November, 1870, he was married to Elizabeth Shannon, sister of three as valiant Confederate soldiers as ever shouldered guns-James, Michael, and Martin Shannon-all of whom are still living, highly respected citizens of their communities. Captain Rader and his wife were blessed with three sons and two daughters, all surviving except one son.

After two years in Texas, on the Rio Grande, with his son, Capt. Huff Rader, an officer of the United States army, Captain Rader returned to the old home county in Virgina, and there at the home of his daughter at Mill Creek, on September 7, the gallant old soldier to the last roll call, and was laid to rest in the Mill Creek Cemetery by the side of his beloved wife, who died some four years ago.

Captain Rader was a highly esteemed citizen of his community, and had served as justice of the peace several terms.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, December, 1922.

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