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Charleston Daily News, Dec. 4, 1868
Death of General N.G. Evans

Brigadier Gen. N.G. Evans, of this State, familiarly known among his companions in arms in the Confederate Service as General "Shanks" Evans, died very suddenly on Monday of last week at Midway, Bullock county, Alabama, where he was engaged in teaching. General Evans was a graduate of West Point, and served with credit as an officer in the United States army up to the secession of South Carolina. In a hand-to-hand encounter with Comanche Indians on the Texas frontier, he behaved with such distinguished gallantry that he was presented with a sword by the Legislature of South Carolina.

He fought throughout the late war, from the beginning to the end. His regiment opened the fight at the last battle of Manassas, and he was honorably mentioned in General Beauregard's official report for his courage and skill on that occasion.

He was in command of the Confederate forces at the battle of Leesburg, or Ball's Bluff, which proved so disastrous to the enemy. Later in the war he maneuvered his brigade against the enemy, with largely superior numbers, through a winter's campaign in North Carolina, succeeding with a mere handful of men, in baffling every effort of General Foster, the Federal commander, to enter the interior of the State. His brigade was afterward ordered to Mississippi, where they endured the unparalleled hardships and trials of the Vicksburg campaign, and from that time on he and they shared the fortunes and misfortunes of the Western army until the final surrender in North Carolina. Since the circumstances compelled him, like many other brave men, to leave the State, and he died an exile from his home and friends.

Obituary found in the scrapbook of Sarah Alice (Evans) Booz, the only daughter of Colonel Beverly Daniel Evans. Col. Evans and Gen. Evans were brothers, their parents were Thomas and Jane Beverly (Daniel) Evans of Marion, South Carolina, their grandparents Nathan and Edith (Godbold) Evans of Marion, South Carolina.

Submitted by Jane B. Thompson and William Coxe, 30 Dec 2003.


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