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.