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Grandstaff Shirley

Obituary of C. Shirley, New Market, Virginia.

Maj. C. Shirley was born in the 31st of October, 1835, and died on the 10th of April, 1915, in his eightieth year, at his home, in the western suburbs of the town of New Market, Va. He had for years been commander of the Neff-Rice Camp of Confederate Veterans, and as such he held the reverence and the respect of every member of the Camp.

Not only was Major Shirley popular at home, but he had occupied various public positions, having been justice of the peace and supervisor for the county of Shenandoah. As such he held the esteem and respect of the people of his own community, of the whole county, and of many adjoining counties as well. He was a man of commanding personal appearance, stern when occasion required, but possessed of kind and generous traits of character. All hislife he had been blessed with good health, never having had any serious illness until the last.

In 1861 Major Shirley was a member of the State Militia with the rank of lieutenant. On the breaking out of hostilities he volunteered in Company K, 12th Virginia Cavalry, George J. Grandstaff, captain, Rosser's Brigade, C. S. A. He was captured and confined for about two years at Camp Chase and Point Lookout.

A good man has been taken from us. His memory will long be revered.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1916.

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