Asa Washington Sams was born in April 1838, in Little Ivy Creek, Madison County, NC. He died on March 29, 1911, in Telluride, San Miguel County, CO and is buried in Lone Tee Cemetery, Telluride, CO. He volunteered to join the Confederate cause by enlisting on May 10th, 1862, at Marshall NC, at the age of 28. He entered as a Private into Company A, 64th NC Infantry Regiment (Allen’s Regiment), which was subordinate to the 11Bn NC Infantry within the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Records indicate that he was a teamster, having served as a “waggoner” [sic] for his post, and was detailed away from the main camp several times for various duties. He was in active service from New Bern to Goldsboro, NC and the battles of Murfreesboro and Stone River, TN, which was fought in the last part of 1862; also, in the Eastern TN Campaign in the summer and fall of 1863. He was captured near the Cumberland Gap on September 9th, 1863, and spent the remainder of the war as a POW at Camp Douglas (IL). After the surrender Asa then enlisted with the 5th US Volunteer Infantry (K Co), and served out west in the Colorado territory. It was there in Colorado that he was discharged for medical reasons, and subsequently settled down to build a life.
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