Categories: Pike County, Mississippi.
Henry was the son of Jesse Kelly Brumfield (1807–1884) and Hannah Ann Youngblood Brumfield (1808–1885)
The first wife was Martha Bickham (1842-1893). She passed away at Walkers Bridge, Pike County, Mississippi. They had 13 children.
BONES OF SOLDIER OF WAR OF l8l2 INTERRED IN CHALMETTE CEMETERY
New Orleans Times-Democrat, October 9, 1908.
Events of the stirring days at the close of the war of 1812 were recalled yesterday by an incident which took place at the Chalmette National Cemetery when the bones of a Tennessee soldier, a hero of the battle of Chalmette, who had died in Mississippi while returning to his home, found their last repose in the cemetery by order of the Secretary of War, Luke Wright. No ceremony attended the reinterment of what remained of the unidentified body of the soldier; simply the act of burial in the grave provided by the national government. No one was present but the Superintendent of the Chalmette Cemetery, Thomas O’Shea who saw that the soldier’s bones were decently laid beneath the sod in a zinc-lined box provided for the purpose.
Behind the discovery of the body of the veteran buried ninety-three years ago is a pretty story, and that the bones were honored with interment in the national cemetery is due to the energy of a Confederate veteran, Sergeant Luke W. Conerly, of Gulfport. Six years ago Mr. Conerly, who was a native of Marion County, Miss., learned while making a search of the old records of Pike County, which was formerly a part of Marion, that there was the body of a soldier of 1812 buried in a grave near the banks of Love’s Creek, about eleven miles from Magnolia, on the place of the Brumfield family. By making inquiries he learned the exact location of the grave and began to make efforts to secure the removal of the body to the Chalmette Cemetery.
Last year there was an act passed by Congress authorizing the removal of the bodies of soldiers to national cemeteries at the government’s expense, and Mr. Conerly corresponded with Secretary Taft. He said that the only person who had an exact knowledge of the location of the grave was Henry S. Brumfield, a grandson of the original owner of the Brumfield plantation, who is a man well advanced in years. This caused the department to act quickly, and last week Capt. Louis F. Garrard, Jr., United States Quartermaster here, received orders to have Mr. Conerly find the grave and exhume the remains.
The exhumation was made Wednesday. Mr. Conerly and Superintendent O’Shea of the Chalmette Cemetery being piloted to the grave by Mr. Brumfield and an aged negro servant. It was found that the pine slab which had marked the grave had rotted away until there was no part of the inscription left by which it could be identified. Mr. Brumfield said that the records in his family were that the soldier had been one of the brigade of Gen. Carroll, of Tennessee, who had lost a man while returning from the battle of Chalmette in 1815, when the Tennesseans had given valuable aid to Gen. Andrew Jackson. No trace of the unfortunate soldier’s name could be found, except that the records said the name had been cut in a pine slab which had been placed to mark the grave.
Mr. Conerly said that the veteran must have been a man of about six feet in height, from the size of the grave, which had been dug in a porous clay that held the original shape in which it had been cut to form the grave. Only the teeth and a few of the larger bones were found in what was left of the soldier. He had evidently been buried uncoffined, but as evidence that a soldier had been buried there two tarnished and rust-eaten brass buttons were found by Mr. Conerly.
With them were fragments of a blue uniform. Mr. Conerly said, that the total weight of the remains must have been about fifteen pounds.
The bones and other remnants were reverently placed in the box and taken to Magnolia, where they were shipped to New Orleans, arriving Wednesday night. Yesterday morning a report was made to Capt. Garrard, and the remains were interred in the national cemetery.
Mr. Conerly came to New Orleans with them. He said that he was engaged in writing a history of Pike County and that the most gratifying result of his work had been the finding of the bones of this soldier. — New Orleans Times-Democrat, October 9, 1908. 
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