Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Drummer Boy of Shiloh: Louis E. Rafield

Mobile Register 25 July, 1921

Funeral services for Louis E Rafield, pioneer of the Mobile oyster industry, who died Saturday (23 Jul 1921), will be held at Coden this morning at 8:30 from the family residence and at 9 o'clock from the Catholic Church. Interment will be made in the Coden Catholic Cemetery.
Mr Rafield was well known over the entire gulf coast where he had lived and worked for more than half a century. He was a Confederate veteran, entering the service when a youth, and winning the title of "The Drummer Boy of Shiloh." Survivors are a widow, Mary T Rafield; a daughter, Mrs Louise W Graham and three sons, Frank, Edward, and James Rafield.

The funeral of Louis E Rayfield, well known Confederate Veteran and pioneer oysterman of the Alabama coast, was held Monday morning at his home at Coden. During the funeral hour all business in the little coast town was suspended in honor of the deceased. The first service was held at the home of the deceased at 8:30 o'clock, followed by requiem mass at 9 o'clock at St Michael's Catholic Church with Rev Father O'Donoghue officiating. The attendance at the funeral of the well known Mobilian was very large. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery at Coden, and the following were the pallbearers: F J Girard, Edward Laurendine, J S Schambeau, Henry Glass, Millard Deakle, and Jake Rabby.

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This is my 3rd great grandfather.

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