CS Con -Gaither, Burgess Sidney - C.S. Congressman, NC

Burgess Sidney Gaither:
Born: March 16, 1807

Birthplace: Iredell County North Carolina
Father: Burgess Sydney Gaither 1757 – 1820
Mother: Amelia Martin 1774 – 1862
1st​ Wife: Elizabeth Sharpe Erwin 1804 – 1839
(Buried: First Presbyterian Church Morganton North Carolina)
July 30, 1830
2nd​ Wife: Sallie Corpening 1850 – 1911
(Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery Morganton North Carolina)
Married: April 25, 1871 in Morganton North Carolina

Alfred Haywood Gaither 1833 – 1861
(Buried: Burial Place Currently Unknown)
William Gaither
Delia Emma Gaither Pearson 1837 – 1913
(Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery Morganton North Carolina)
Burgess Sidney Gaither Jr. 1872 – 1942

Political Party: Whig Party, Constitutional Union Party, Conservative Party and Democratic Party


1830: Attended University of Georgia

Occupation before War:
1829: Licensed to practice law in North Carolina.
Attorney in Morganton North Carolina
1830 – 1837: Burke County North Carolina Clerk of Superior Court
1835: Member of North Carolina State Constitutional Convention
1839: North Carolina Delegate to Whig Party National Convention
1840 – 1841: North Carolina State Senator
1841 – 1843: Superintendent of U.S. Mint in Charlotte North Carolina
1844: North Carolina State Senator
1844 – 1852: Solicitor of Seventh Judicial District of North Carolina
1851: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congressman
1852: Member of North Carolina State House of Commons
1853: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congressman
1860 – 1861: North Carolina State Senator
1860: Supporter of Constitutional Union Party and Campaign of John Bell for President.

Civil War Career:
1861: Wrote William A. Graham he strongly opposed secession but could “see no hope for anything else but a civil war of interminable extent.”
1861: Started supporting the Confederacy when Lincoln called for troops in North Carolina.
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Congressman from North Carolina
1862: Chairman of Committee to investigate Roanoke Island Disaster
1862: Presented his report on Roanoke Island which led to the resignation of Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin.
1862 – 1864: Supporter of Central Government where jurisdiction was clear.
1862 – 1865: His proposed legislation aimed to preserve each state’s control over its available manpower.
1862 – 1865: He was known to have been very effective in Congress.
1862 – 1864: Member of House Naval Affairs Committee
1863: Led the Defense when North Carolina’s loyalty was impugned during debate.
1864 – 1865: Member of House Judiciary Committee
1865: The Only Congressman from North Carolina in favor of arming the slaves.
1865: One of two of the North Carolina delegation who did not try to force President Davis to begin peace negotiations.
Held fear that a “consolidate military despotism” was developing.

Occupation after War:
1865 – 1892: Attorney in Morganton North Carolina
Known as a Conservative Party Advocate in North Carolina
He would eventually become a Democrat.
Strongly Opposed to Radical Reconstruction in North Carolina
1868: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congressman.
1868: Spoke out against the North Carolina Constitutional Convention.
Known as a Son of Temperance in North Carolina

Died: February 23, 1892
Place of Death: Morganton North Carolina
Age at time of Death: 84 years old
Burial Place: First Presbyterian Church Morganton North Carolina