Louis Hobson MCSWAIN Judith N MCSWAIN Martha C MCSWAIN Rebecca Elizabeth MCSWAIN Hannah MCSWAIN Nancy MCSWAIN Reuben MCSWAIN Lucy MCSWAIN John MCSWAIN Louis Moore MCSWAIN Elijah Bonaparte MCSWAIN Sarah Ann Mary MCSWAIN Ambrose MCSWAIN Margaret Caldonia MCSWAIN Harvey MCSWAIN Mary A HAMRICK Mini tree diagram

Oliver MCSWAIN1,2,3,5,4

about 18445 - 13th Jun 18641,4

Life History

about 1843

Born in North Carolina.3

(less likely)


Born in North Carolina.5

(less likely)

about 1844

Born in Rutherford County, North Carolina.1,2,3,4

(most likely)


Resident in Cleveland County, North Carolina.3


Resident in Cleveland County, North Carolina.5

13th Jun 1864

Died in Point Lookout, St. Mary's, Maryland.1,4

after 13th Jul 1864

Buried in Point Lookout Cemetery, Scotland, St Mary's, Maryland.1,4


  • No middle name is known for Oliver.  No record of marriage.  He was 18when he joined the North Carolina Confederate Forces.  Oliver died asa POW in a Union prison camp in Maryland.  Here is the record ofservice for Oliver McSwain.

    American Civil War Soldiers
    Oliver McSwain
    Residence Cleveland County, North Carolina
    Occupation Farmer
    Enlistment 12 May 1862 Cleveland County, North Carolina
    Served the Confederacy
    Enlisted as a Private on 12 May 1862 at the age of 18; 30 May 1862mustered into Company D, 55th Infantry Regiment North Carolina
    Died POW Company D, 55th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 13 Jun1864 at Point Lookout, MD

    "During the Civil War, Point Lookout was one of the largest prisons ofCSA POWs. Many men died there from exposure, malaria, scurvy and TB.Originally, the soldiers were buried in two cemeteries near the prisoncamp. However, because the cemetery land started to erode into theChesapeake, in 1870 the state of Maryland removed the remains. In 1910they were moved again and re-interred in a burial trench one mileinland, near where a federal monument was constructed that year. The80-foot granite obelisk marks the site, just outside Point LookoutState Park, but the actual boundaries of the pit are not marked."
    --  "Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery," Find a Grave,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=81385

    Oliver is the only Confederate soldier surnamed McSwain.  His memorialon Find a Grave gives more information about his capture, confinemnt,death and burial.

    Pvt Oliver McSwain
    Birth 1844 Cleveland County, North Carolina
    Death Jun. 13, 1864

    - Born in Cleveland County, NC
    - Pre-enlistment occupation: Farmer

    - Residing in Cleveland County, NC at time of enlistment
    - 18 years of age at time of enlistment
    - Enlisted on May 12 1862 at Cleveland County, NC as Private

    Mustering information:
    - Enlisted into D Company, 55th Infantry (North Carolina) on May 301862
    - Died as POW while serving in 55th Infantry (North Carolina) on Jun13 1864 at Point Lookout, MD

    Listed as:
    - POW on Jul 14 1863 at Falling Waters, MD
    - Confined on Jul 16 1863 at Old Capitol Prison, Washington, DC
    - Transferred on Aug 8 1863 at Point Lookout, MD

    Louis Hobson McSwain (1814 - 1890)
    Mary Hamrick McSwain (1816 - 1906)

    Martha McSwain Hopper (1836 - 1917)
    Rebecca Elizabeth McSwain Hamrick (1838 - 1867)
    Hannah McSwain Green (1839 - 1931)
    Nancy McSwain Hamrick (1841 - 1929)
    Lucy McSwain Love (1847 - 1914)
    Lewis Moore McSwain (1851 - 1941)
    Elijah Bonaparte McSwain (1853 - 1921)
    Ambrose McSwain (1856 - 1905)

    Note: Served in the 55th North Carolina Company D. Name is not listedon monument but appears on a list from Baltimore National Cemeteryupdated May 25, 2006 located at the monument.

    Burial Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery, Scotland, St. Mary'sCounty, Maryland

    Created by Hope Jul 02, 2007
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #20233553,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=20233553


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