Contributed by: Jason Bordeaux
Tombstone of Enoch Bordeaux at Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY (Left)
Monument in memory of Confederate soldiers who died in Elmira Prison (Right)
Enoch Bordeaux was born about 1821 on Turnbull Creek in Bladen County, North
Carolina to William Bordeaux and Margaret Johnson Bordeaux. He died 10 April,
1865 in Elmira Prison Camp in Elmira, New York of smallpox.
Service record for Private Enoch Bordeaux, Company H, North Carolina 36th
Regiment (2nd Regiment NC Artillery):
Enlisted in Brunswick County on 2 September, 1863 for the war. Present or
accounted for through August, 1864. Captured at Fort Fisher 15 January, 1865
and confined at Elmira, New York, where he died 10 April, 1865 of variola (smallpox)
and was buried in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira.
Enoch was fighting with the Confederate forces to defend Ft. Fisher on the Cape
Fear River near Wilmington. When the Fort fell on 15 January, 1865, Enoch and
many other Confederate soldiers were made prisoners and transferred to New
York. Enoch contracted smallpox and died while in the prison camp.
Correspondence with Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira, New York
confirms that Enoch Bordeaux’s name was recorded as Enoch Murdeaux in the
original records at Elmira and recorded as Enoch Mindex on his tombstone. His
is grave number 2666 at Woodlawn National Cemetery.
Enoch’s brother, Israel Washington Bordeaux (1834-1913), served in the same
Company with him. However, Israel was not in the Battle of Ft. Fisher.
Enoch’s son, Daniel R. Bordeaux (1844-1928), also served in the same Company
with him. However, Daniel was not in the Battle of Ft. Fisher.
Enoch’s brother, Thomas Bordeaux (1827-1864), had previously been assigned to
Ft. Fisher and he died there of disease on 30 August, 1864. Thomas served in
Company E and I of the 2nd Regiment, NC Artillery.
Enoch Bordeaux was a farmer and he owned land probably where present day Cain
Loop Road is. This is near Ammon in Bladen County, NC.
Enoch Bordeaux married Sarah “Sallie” Cain, daughter of Cornelius and Lucy Cain
also of Turnbull Creek in Bladen County, NC. Their children were: Daniel R.
Bordeaux (1844-1928), Elizabeth Ann Bordeaux Norris (1847-1928), Martha Jane
Bordeaux Smith (1850-1919), Emaline Bordeaux (1853-before 1870), Marshall William
Bordeaux (1855-1889), and Mack Lloyd Bordeaux (1857-1934).
Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY
Memorial to John W. Jones who buried Private Enoch Bordeaux and many other
Confederate soldiers at Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY
Memorial to Enoch Bordeaux at the Tatum Cemetery, Bladen County, NC
A memorial marker for Enoch Bordeaux was erected on 11 February, 2006 at the
Tatum Cemetery on Owen Hill Rd in Bladen County, NC by Layton Dowless and
Jason Bordeaux. Several of Enoch’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren are
buried at this cemetery.
Enoch’s wife, Sallie Bordeaux, is buried in an unmarked grave next to her son,
Mack Lloyd Bordeaux, at the Timothy Davis Cemetery in Ammon. This cemetery
is over a mile back in the woods and not accessible by vehicle. For this reason,
Enoch’s marker was not placed beside of his wife.
Please contact Jason Bordeaux (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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