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Signature of James L. Dusenbery and several photographs artistically combined.

Dusenbery, Edwin Lafayette

Image thought to be of Edwin Lafayette Dusenbery.

Published by permission of Bill and Hooker Horton.

Grave of Edwin Lafayette Dusenbery (1824-1862), Old White Church Cemetery, Lincolnton, NC. The gravestone reads: "Dr. E. L. Dusenbury/Died/In Richmond Va/April 25, 1862/Aged 38 yrs."

Photograph by Erika Lindemann.

Edwin Lafayette Dusenbery (1824–1862), known as Fayette, was the son of Lydia Davis (1797–1857) and Henry Rounsaville Dusenbery (1794–1852) and the brother of James Dusenbery. He was educated at the Caldwell Institute in Greensboro, NC, before matriculating at the University of North Carolina in 1843. Becoming a member of the Dialectic Society, he graduated in 1845. After studying medicine and writing a ten-page paper on cholera, he received an MD from Baltimore College in 1849. In 1852 he married Caroline Amanda Summey (b. 1830) of Lincolnton, NC, and moved to Tennessee and then to Resaca, GA. Fayette enlisted in the Confederate army as a private with the 14th Regiment, Georgia Volunteers. He died in Richmond, VA, on April 25, 1862 and was buried in the Old White Church Cemetery in Lincolnton, NC, where his wife’s parents, Peter and Harriet Dobson Summey, also lie buried. According to 1860 census data, Fayette and Caroline had no children. Caroline remarried in 1866, and she and Eli Alexander Warlick (1828–1873 ) had two daughters: Mary S. and Catherine.





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