|Victoria Ann Bristol
b. Feb 25, 1839
near Morganton NC
d. July 11, 1919
b. Jul 8, 1863
Caldwell Co NC
d. Apr 9, 1941
Rutherford College NC
John was listed as a farmer in the 1860 census. He enlisted July 15, 1861 at
John was 1st Lt. Company F, 26th North Carolina ("Hibriten Guards"),
Heth's division, Pettigrew's brigade. On July 1, 1863, this company went into
battle at the extreme right of the Woods below McPherson's Ridge with 3 officers
and 88 muskets. One third were killed and many more wounded, said to be the highest percentage
of casualties of any unit on either side in the Civil War.
Excerpts from the book Covered With Glory by Rod Gragg.
|On July 1, 1863 Union troops faced an assault by Confederate troops
just west of the town of Gettysburg
Battle Map of Gettysburg McPherson's Ridge Jul 1, 1863. Lt. John B. Holloway
and many other members of the NC 26th lost their lives as they tried to take
McPherson's Ridge from Gen. Solomon Meredith's Iron Brigade (the formidable "Black Hats")
during that afternoon. (Meredith was born in central North Carolina, but his Quaker
parents moved the family to Indiana in 1829.)
Battle Map of McPherson's Ridge at 2:30pm on Jul 1, 1863. By 4 pm, Pettigrew's
NC 26th was so decimented that what remained of it was relegated to the rear.
Battle Map at 4 pm shows that by then other Confederate units had outflanked
the outnumbered Union forces, causing them to retreat back to Seminary Ridge and
further south at the end of the day. On Meredith Avenue, halfway up toward the
ridge from Willoughby Run is located the
North Carolina 26th Marker erected in 1985. The monument recounts the battle
Plaque. The Union's Iron Brigade also paid a high price. They suffered the
highest percentage of casualties of any brigade in the war.
The Iron Brigade Monument just across from the NC 26th Monument on Meredith Avenue.
They were known by their black "Hardee" hats.
Black Hat at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC
|The Gettysburg battlefields were recently restored to the way they
should have looked 150 years earlier. The following photos were taken in mid-
afternoon the day of July 1, 2014, showing how these locations probably appeared
when Lt Holloway was killed.
The view of McPherson's Ridge and the woods below
View towards Seminary Ridge and Gettysburg from McPherson's Ridge.
Willoughby Run about 50 yards down from the North Carolina 26th Marker.
Sword and sheath of John Burton Holloway, in possession of J. Garrou.
Photograph of John Burton Holloway, killed at Gettysburg 1863.
|Partial Transcript of
Conversation with Louis Garrou recalling stories told him by
his grandfather ("Papa"), John Burton Holloway, Jr..
Lt. John Burton Holloway was buried at Gettysburg until 1872 when many of the
Confederate War dead were transferred to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond VA. No
list of the dead that were transferred has been found.
by Abraham Lincoln, Nov 19, 1863.
Said to have been "tallest man in Caldwell County" (his brother George W. stood 6'4"),
according to his service record; also said to have been handsome man, spare-built";
daguerreotype in possession of George Martin Holloway suggests this description correct.
|North Carolina Counties at beginning of 1850.|
Census 1850, Caldwell Co. NC.
Estate papers, John Burton Holloway, Caldwell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Nov 14, 1863, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh NC.
Garrou, Louise Holloway, Application for Daughters of Confederacy.
Gragg, Rod, Covered With Glory, The 26th North Carolina Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, HarperCollins Publishers, New York NY, 2000.
Harper, Geo. W. F., Reminiscences of Caldwell County, N.C. in the Great War of 1861-65, Clark Printing, Hickory NC, 1910, pp. 14-16.
U.S. Federal Archives, Confederate War service records, microfilm M-270, roll 327, North Carolina 26th infantry, Ho-K.