GILBERT, C. C. (1846~1928) C. C. Gilbert, Confederate veteran, was born in Callaway County, Kentucky in 1846. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Confederacy on December 11, 1863 in Paris, Tennessee. He was later mustered into Company H of the 12th Kentucky Cavalry as a private.
Not a great deal of information is known about Gilbert's experiences during the War, but the 12th Kentucky Cavalry was organized as a Confederate regiment in Verona, Mississippi in September, 1863. It was assigned to General Hylan B. Lyon's Brigade and participated in the expedition from Memphis to Mississippi, where the men fought in the Battle of Harrisburg. It later fought in Alabama and merged with the 8th Kentucky Infantry, which was a mounted regiment. The regiment surrendered in May, 1865. In all, Gilbert served a year and a half in the Confederate Army.
Circa 1897, Gilbert immigrated to Texas and settled in Gause, Milam County, where he worked as a farmer. On June 1, 1928, at age 82, he successfully obtained a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas. Stating that he was nearly destitute and suffering from old age, he, later that same year, moved to Austin to live in the Confederate Men's Home. He moved into the Home on June 23, 1928, and died less than a month later, on July 20. He was buried that same day in the Texas State Cemetery.
Gilbert's entry in the Confederate Home Roster states that he was a widower, but his wife's name was never mentioned. There was also no mention of any children, but he listed a friend, J. A. Ely, from Gause, as his only contact while living in the Home. Mr. Ely made all of the arrangements for the funeral.
Information taken from: Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System website at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss; Soldier's Application for a Pension # 43828; Confederate Home Roster; and Death Certificate # 32806.