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Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) starved to death at Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap: A bitter surrenderNicked from Facebook...

Derek J. H. Douglas writes:
My 3rd great grandfather, Rev. Matthew J. Douglas (1829-1865) is listed as a private on the rolls of the Confederacy's 11th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment (Holman's) in 1863. It is said that he was held prisoner in a cave at Cumberland Gap and starved to death, according to a family story that my grandfather Jessie Esler Douglas (1916-1970) was told by his father, George Washington Douglas (1891-1931). This story has been passed down to me by my father, James.

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