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Ethelbert Lazarus Bryars

Male 1843 - 1863  (20 years)


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  • Name Ethelbert Lazarus Bryars 
    Born 1843  Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Mar 1863  Vicksburg, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • One of the "Lost Boys."
    Notes 
    • Posted by: Stephen Canerossi
      steve@canerossi.us
      Date: January 13, 2003 at 14:46:13
      In Reply to: Re: BRYARS Family AL/SC/VA by Haley Phillips

      During the Civil War, Sally Bryars lost three of her boys. Two literally, her sons Ethelbert and Rueben, and one her brother John W. Smith. All three served in the 23rd Ala Vol Inf Rgt, and all three died in service.

      Following the war, the family lost its collective memory of the fate of these three Confederates, and over time they simply became known as the "Lost Boys". In 1990, the family erected a memorial marker in the family cemetery north of Stockton, AL for the three lost boys.

      My daughter and I have spent the past 10 years searching for them and have found two of the three, and have a solid lead in the third.

      Ethelbert was the first to go, in Apr 1863 of disease while serving at Vicksburg, MS. He was buried in the Vicksburg City cemetery under the wrong name.

      John was next in Jul 1863. He was captured at Port Gibson in May 1863 and exchanged at City Point VA in Jul 1863. He died the day after he was exchanged from disease. He is buried in the Blandford Cemetery in Pertersburg VA.

      Rueben is still out there somewhere, but appears to be in the Resaca GA cemetery. I am still attempting to confirm this.
    Person ID I0654  Dickinson
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2010 

    Father Ethelbert Lazarus Bryars,   b. 24 Jun 1810, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1853, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Sarah Smith,   b. 30 Oct 1811, Monroe County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1899, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Family ID F0216  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Photos
    Bryars, Ethelbert Lazarus and Reuben McDonald; and
Smith, John Wesley
    Bryars, Ethelbert Lazarus and Reuben McDonald; and Smith, John Wesley
    The Lost Boys
    Cenotaph

    Histories
    Veterans: Confederate
    Veterans: Confederate

    We are a band of brothers, and native to the soil,
    Fighting for our Liberty with treasure, blood and toil;
    And when our rights were threaten'd, the cry rose near and far,
    Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!


    The Bonnie Blue Flag
    Harry Macarthy