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Cemetery, Civil War gravesite cleaned

Posted 1/23/20

The Sons of Confederate Veterans' Gen. William Dorsey Pender Camp No. 1916, based in Wilson, and area residents cleaned the Langley cemetery near Elm City on Monday. Volunteers conducted the cleanup …

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Cemetery, Civil War gravesite cleaned

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The Sons of Confederate Veterans' Gen. William Dorsey Pender Camp No. 1916, based in Wilson, and area residents cleaned the Langley cemetery near Elm City on Monday. Volunteers conducted the cleanup in honor of Sgt. William H. Langley, a Nash County native who served North Carolina in the War Between the States. Langley was an infantryman who enlisted in the 7th N.C. Troops, Co. E., on June 16, 1861. He fought with this unit in many battles while it was under the command of Maj. Gen. A.P. Hill and Lt. Gen. Stonewall Jackson and was wounded while fighting at the battle of Ox Hill where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee attempted to surround the Union army of Gen. John Pope and block his retreat toward Washington, D.C., after the Second Battle of Manassas and was also wounded and captured during the Confederate victory at Chancellorsville. Langley returned to the area after the war and settled near Elm City.

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