Hugh Pusser (Purser) of Union Co.,
NC was the son of David Purser (son of John Purser and possibly Susannah
Cuthberson, daughter of David Cuthberson) and Anna Mullis. David died
around 1832 and Anna remarried to John Rushing. John raised the four
boys and he and Anna had three sons. The tragic events for Anna Mullis
Purser Rushing is that she lost five sons during the War Between the
States; two of David's and three of John's.
In the beginning of the War Between the States, Hugh showed concern for his new country, The Confederate States of America, by supporting the cause with the purchase of war bonds. In 1863, Hugh was ordered by Conscript Officers Valentine Smith and William B. Hinson to get his affairs in order and to report to the Confederate Army. The act was probably in reaction to the disaster events at Gettysburg that July. On September 8, 1863, Hugh made his will leaving all to his wife, Mary Frances, with the condition that if she remarries all the processions will be sold and the money divided equally between his wife and children.
Hugh and his brother-in-law, Jacob Austin, traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina by rail. They arrived at Camp Mangum (now the site of the State Fairgrounds and Meridth College for girls) and were enlisted on October 8th, 1863 by Colonel Mallet for three years into Company H, 14th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (a Stanley County unit). Hugh was present during muster except on January 16th, 1864. He was admitted to the Confederate Hospital at Charlottesville, Virginia due to dyspepsia. Before the start of General Grant's campaign of May 1864 into the Wilderness, Hugh returned to the ranks. Four days later on May 8th, 1864, Hugh's unit, after a long hard march, came up in reserves to help defend the crossroads at Spotsylvania, Virginia. At 5 O'clock in the evening of May 8th, Hugh was killed during a Confederate charge to drive the enemy back. The official records indicate that Hugh Pusser was the only soldier killed in his Brigade during this charge.
Exactly one month later on June 8th, 1864, Mary Frances gave birth to their tenth child. He was named Hugh Pusser, Jr. In 1871, Mary Frances married Calvin Mullis, widower, who had three sons that married three daughters of Hugh and Mary Frances Pusser. Soon after this marriage, Hugh's items were auctioned (seven years after his death) and all moneys divided between Mary Frances Mullis and her nine remaining children.
Hugh Pusser's oldest son also served with the Confederacy during the war as a member of the N.C. Junior Reserves.
Information provided by: Charles Purser, whose GGG-grandfather is Hugh Pusser