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Member of General Roswell Ripley Camp - SCV
Private Michael Spence was born in England and entered the Confederate Service at Millwood; Clarke County VA., on June 20, 1863 with Parker's Light Artillery. He enlisted for the duration of the War. He was present during the battle of Gettysburg, PA and participated at Pickett's Charge. A few of the artillery units made the charge however it is not known if Private Spence made the charge with the army or if he stayed behind with the Confederate artillery barage. Private Spence was present with his unit until his capture on April 6, 1865 near Hatcher's Farm, Virginia with the exception of being in the hosptial for fever at Chimbroazo in Richmond, Va during September and October of 1864.
He would arrive at the Federal Prison at Point Lookout, MD., on April 14, 1865 the same day as the Lincoln assassination. He took the oath and was released from prison on June 20, 1865. Michael Spence had fair complexion and brown hair with blue eyes and stood 5'7" in height. From Point Lookout he was furnished transportation back to Winchester, VA. Because of the terrible conditions at Winchester, VA., he decided to live with some relatives in Columbus, Ohio where he would become a resident. He was a member of the Confederate Veterans of Columbus, Ohio and went to the Camp Chase Memorials until his death in 1913. Private Kidwell of the 8th Virginia Infantry was the Confederate Veterans leader in Columbus, Ohio and was a pall bearer at his funneral. Private Spence died a poor man and without a grave marker.
The Brig. Gen. Roswell Ripley Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Columbus, Ohio provided a marker for his grave where he is buried in Greenlawn Cemetary on the west side of Columbus.
Mr. Spence was unable to attend the recent reunion at Gettysburg and his wish that he might hear from some of the comrades with whom he had fought 50 years ago was ungratified. He watched the proceedings at Gettysburg, however, very carefully and these afforded him much interest and amusement in his last days."