Enoch Bordeaux

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 (bladencountyncgw@triad.rr.com) for more information.

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