Scofield, Cyrus Ingerson (1843–1921)
Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
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The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization
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Bigalke, R. J. 2011. Scofield, Cyrus Ingerson (1843–1921). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .
- Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
The youngest of seven children, Cyrus Ingerson Scofield was born to Elias and Abigail Scofield, in Lenawee County, Michigan, on August 19, 1843, and he died at his Douglaston residence on July 24, 1921. His father was a farmer and lumberer, and his mother died shortly after his birth. The Scofields soon moved to Tennessee. On May 20, 1861, Scofield enlisted in the Tennessee Infantry, claiming to be in his early twenties (it was not an unusual practice for minors to join the Confederacy). He served as a private in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and was decorated for his valor at the Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg) on September 17, 1862. The same year in which he received the Southern Cross of Honor, he requested release from service; he claimed to be an “alien” (i.e. from Michigan) and admitted to falsification of enlistment regulations.
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