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Mary Jane Carr Bass and William Everett Bass

circa 1862, Mary Jane Carr Bass with her husband William Everett Bass

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William Everett Bass joined the Confederate Army soon after this photo was taken and he was subsequently killed in the battle of the wilderness in Chancellorsville, Virginia on May 5th, 1863. It is said that the fighting was so intense, the area where his body fell contained a lot of dry grasses and woods and this area caught fire, burning many of the bodies. As such, William Everett Bass' body was not recognizable and was buried in a mass grave.
Oct 30, 2013 3:43 pm reply
In the photo, it looks like Mary Ann was pregnant. Was she? That's quite a photo - and quite a story!
Oct 30, 2013 5:45 pm reply
Yes, she was pregnant with John Robert Bass, who was born without a living father due to William's death in battle.
Nov 01, 2013 2:07 pm reply
Thank you Graham Overton Bass for this photo!
Nov 01, 2013 2:09 pm reply
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Mary Jane Carr Bass and William Everett Bass

William Everett Bass

Mini-biography
Born: unknown
Died: unknown
Also in this photo: William Everett Bass at 22 years old  ·  Mary Jane Carr Bass at 22 years old