Alabama Vets I.D. Shield & Southern Cross Pair
Gray Ellis Co. A, 36th Alabama Volunteer Infantry
Born 29 December 1845 in North Carolina, Gray Ellis, aka Ray Ellis, was 16 years old when he enlisted on May 1st of 1862 at Gainesville AL as a Private in Co. A, 36th Alabama Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Twice wounded in action; at Reseca and Spanish Fort. The 36th Alabama Regt. was conspicuous in action at Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, through Atlanta, Franklin and Spanish Fort. He registered for and attended the 21st National UCV Reunion in Little Rock, AR held May 16-18, 1911. He died on November 2, 1926 and was buried in Gainesville, AL. His obituary is found in Confederate Veteran magazine.
His I.D. shield is typical of the ladder and shield badges purchased at reunions by the veterans. His Southern Cross is period script engraved and is a pinback cross hall marked to Crankshaw.
Thirty-sixth Alabama Volunteer Infantry
Organized at Mt. Vernon arsenal, May 12, 1862 and was first engaged in constructing defenses at Oven and Choctaw bluffs. Remaining at Mobile until April, 1863, it was sent to Tullahoma and brigaded under General Clayton with the 18th, 32nd, 36th and 58th Alabama.
The regiment first engaged in the battle of Chickamauga. They wintered at Dalton; fought at Crow Valley, Rocky Face, May 9, 1864; Resaca, May 16th; New Hope, May 25th, engaging constantly from Dalton to Atlanta, and lost 300 men. At Jonesboro, August 31st and September 1st, it again suffered heavily. It was with Hood in Tennessee and fought at Nashville, December 15-16. Transferred with the brigade to General Maury it was stationed at Spanish Fort, where they lost 110 men, wounded and captured. The survivors were surrendered at Meridian on 4 May 1865.