"Alfred Douglas, son of Rev. Alfred & Elizabeth Kinney was only 17 when he volunteered for service in the Confederate Army. He had been fighting for about 3 years when during a Battle at Spotsylvania Court House his brother, DeBerry, was shot and killed. The two brothers were fighting side by side. Suddenly, DeBerry cried out, 'Oh Lord, I am gone!' and dropped to the ground. He died almost instantly. A. D. said afterwards that in the confusion and noise of the battle it took him awhile to realize what had happened."
"When night came and the fighting ceased, A. D. took a horse blanket and shovel and crept back to the battlefield. He didn't dare stand up straight because the Yankees would shoot anything they saw moving; so from a kneeling position he spent the night digging a shallow grave. There, wrapping the horse blanket around the body of his eldest brother, he buried him on the battlefield where he had fallen. DeBerry was 30 years old and single. Two of A. D's brothers had not given their lives in this conflict, for two years earlier Alexander Robby had died form gangrene in a bullet wound in his leg."
"A little over 3 weeks later, Pvt. A. D. Kinney, 14th Regiment N. C. Inf. (Volunteers) became a "Prisoner of War". He was captured 30 May 1864 at Mechanicsville, Virginia (Christopher Watford's Civil War Roster of Davidson County, NC states 'captured at Bethesda Church, Virginia on May 30, 1864'). From there he was sent to White House, Virginia, then to Point Lookout, Maryland, then to Elmira, New York. He arrived on 11 July 1864. While in prison in Elmira, A. D. wrote a letter home telling what had happened to him at this place. It seems he and several other prisoners got real hungry for some good food and managed to slip into the storeroom where they helped themselves."
"This theft was soon discovered. As punishment they were stripped to the skin and forced to wear wooden barrels in place of clothes. For several weeks, during daylight hours, they lived in those barrels -- their heads protruding from the top and their legs sticking out at the bottom. It was a trying time for them, but a source of amusement to the other prisoners."
"After about a year, Alfred Douglas, through an exchange of prisoners, was returned to his regiment. A short time later the war ended, and he made his way back to his home in lower Davidson County. He was one of the lucky ones, coming home sound of body and mind. While in the army, he had measles and was confined to camp for a few weeks; a troop train he was riding fell through a trestle near Raleigh and the injuries he received put him in the hospital for a brief time. Once during a battle, a bullet struck him in the chest and knocked him to his knees. While still in this position, he took out his pocket knife, dug out the bullet, got up and went back to fighting."
D. was an unusually strong and healthy man. Never, after returning from
war, until he lay on his death bed, did he require the services of a
doctor. He never needed eye glasses and died with all his teeth intact.
When he was in his 80's he bought and drove his first automobile, and at
the age of 84 was arrested for speeding."
A. D. Kinney is buried at Lick Creek Baptist Church in Davidson County, North Carolina. - [Find-A-Grave]
Information provided by:Frank Alan Willis, whose great-great-grand-uncles are Pvt. A. D. Kinney and Cpl. B. R. Kinney.