|Sophronia Tate Coffey|
|Henry Clay Coffey|
Henry Clay Coffey, born Dec., 1841 in Caldwell Co., NC was a son of McCaleb and Elizabeth Collett Coffey. He married his second cousin, Sophronia Tate Coffey on Jan. 28, 1864 in Caldwell Co.
"Henry Clay Coffey was in Co. F of the 26th NC CSA Infantry of Lee's army and took part in the July 1, 1863 attack at Gettysburg where he was the 86th of 87 wounded or killed of a total of 88 men.
"Company F directly attacked the Minnesota Iron Brigade on McPherson's Ridge and ultimately broke the Iron Brigade on the left side of the Union line about the same time CSA's Jubal Early attacked the Union right side and crushed the Union flank. These two actions sent the Union forces running through the town of Gettysburg en route to Cemetery Hill where they would regroup with the rest of Meade's Union army for the next two day's Confederate disaster. Henry Clay Coffey was captured on July 1, 1863 and exchanged later that year. He married Sephronia on 1/28/1864 and then rejoined Lee's army by 3/1/1864 and was present at Petersburg siege in 1865
"According to later family stories Sephronia ruled the home roost with an iron hand probably because she was still miffed (my opinion) at his leaving so soon after they were married."
Sophronia was the daughter of Daniel Boone and Clarissa Estes Coffey. She was born Oct. 20, 1841 in Caldwell Co., and died there on Nov. 23, 1928. She is buried in the Coffey Cemetery in Lenoir, Caldwell Co.
The quoted text and photos are courtesy of Jim Deans, a descendant of Henry Clay Coffey.