Thursday, January 1, 2009

Enoch Arden "Chunk" Craft & Polly Ann Caudill

Enoch Arden Craft was the son of Archelous Columbus Craft and Lettie Webb. He was known as Chunk Craft. He was born -- so it is said -- on February 28, 1843. I say it haltingly because he celebrated his birthday every four years which makes me think he might have actually been born in a leap year on February 29th.

He married Mary Ann Caudill who was known as Polly Ann. She was the daughter of John Adams Caudill and Rachel Cornett.

Chunk was a private in the 13th Regiment, Kentucky Calvary which was also called the 10th and 11th Mounted Infantry. They were assembled at Abington, Virginia. They were also assigned to the Department of East Tennessee and later the Department of Western Virginia and East Tennessee. The unit confronted the Federals in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.

Chunk was a cook for his group. He was also with John Morgan Hunt when he was killed. Hunt was On April 27, 1865 they surrendered at Louisa, Kentucky. The field officers were Colonel Benjamin E. Caudill, Lieutenant Colonel D. J. Caudill and Major John T. Chenoweth.

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