Eldridge Riley

Eldridge Riley served, along with Judson Riley, in Company H of the 54th North Carolina Infantry of the Confederacy. In a book entitled North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: A Roster Vol. XIII, published by the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, I have obtained additional information about Eldridge Riley and his service in the Civil War. According to this book, Eldridge Riley was born in Davidson County, North Carolina and enlisted April 19, 1862 at the age of 32. He served as a private and was captured, along with his brother Judson, on November 7, 1863 at Rappahannock Station, Virginia. He was confined at Point Lookout, Maryland on November 11, 1863 and remained there for almost two years. He was released from Point Lookout, Maryland on June 17, 1865, after taking the Oath of Allegiance.

The 54th Regiment of North Carolina Troops saw several significant battles, including the Confederate victories at Chancellorsville and Fredricksburg, during the time that Eldridge and Judson Riley were members of Company H. The troops were under the command of "Stonewall" Jackson and General Robert E. Lee.

In summarizing the life of Eldridge Riley, we know that his parents were named George and Lucinda and that he was born, January 2, 1832 in Davidson County, North Carolina. We further know, that he lived most of his life in Montgomery and Yadkin Counties in North Carolina. In his early years he worked as a "waggoner", with his father, and spent most of his adult life working as a farmer.

As a family man, we know that Eldridge Riley was married to the same woman for almost 30 years and that he was the father of five sons and one daughter. We know that he took care of his mother after the death of his father and instilled these values in his family. This fact can be best demonstrated through his oldest son, Nelson Frank Riley, who cared for his own mother after Eldridge Riley's death. We further know that Eldridge Riley was a man of courage and vision as demonstrated by his service as a soldier of the Confederacy and by his leading the family, by wagon, on the long journey from North Carolina to Kentucky.


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