Edward Dudley Alfriend (6 Dec. 1842-18 Jul. 1887)

Edward D. Alfriend[1] was the son of Dr. William L. Alfriend (1811-1880?[2]) of Sparta, Georgia, and his wife, Sarah Frances Dunn (1825-1900). Note that there are several Alfriend families in Virginia and Georgia at this time, including Dr. Edward Walter Alfriend (1822-1887) of Athens, Georgia, and playwright Edward M. Alfriend (1837-1901) of Richmond, Virginia, which complicates research on the U.Va. student.

When the Civil War began, Edward enlisted as a private on 15 July 1861 in Company E, 15th Regiment, Georgia Infantry—“the Hancock Volunteers.” In 1862, he was wounded in the battle of Malvern Hill. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on 26 Oct. 1863, and was with Lee at the surrender on 9 April 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA.

He attended the University of Virginia in session 43 (1866-1867) and took classes in Chemistry, Medicine, Physiology & Surgery, Anatomy, and “Demonstration” (probably demonstrations in the Anatomical Theatre).

Edward D. Alfriend practiced as a doctor in Sparta, GA, “a very popular and skilled physician.” (Atlanta Constitution, 1887) He married Mary Susan Pierce (b. 1845) on 14 Dec. 1869, but their only child died at a year old. (“Georgia, Marriages, 1808-1967”).

“Dr. E. D. Alfriend died very suddenly at Sparta, Ga. [on 18 Jul., 1887]. He had been sick only about 24 hours. His death was caused by congestion of the lungs and brain.… At the time of his death [he] had been a widow[er] for some years.” (Calhoun Times)

He was buried in Sparta Cemetery, in Sparta, GA.


[1] Though E. D. Alfriend’s birth date is given as Mar. 11, 1842 on his tombstone, the information in the U.Va. Matriculation Book gives his birth date as in December 1842, possibly the 6th. I will note that this information was written in the Matriculation Books by the student himself, therefore the information is as correct as possible.


[2] Dr. W. L. Alfriend’s tombstone gives his year of death as 1879. However, he is recorded as living in Sparta, GA, on 1 June, 1880 in the 1880 U.S. Census.


  • Alfriend tombstones, Oakview Cemetery, Albany, GA & Sparta Cemetery, Sparta, GA. Findagrave.com
  • Alfriend, E. D., Confederate service folder. Fold3.com
  • Ancestry.com. 1850-1900 U.S. Census. [database on-line].
  • “Death of Dr. Alfriend; A Prominent Physician of Sparta Passes Away.” Atlanta Constitution, July 20, 1887.
  • [“Dr. E. D. Alfriend”]. Calhoun Times, 28 Jul. 1887. Calhoun-Gordon County Library Obituary File, Calhoun-Gordon County Library, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia. http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/gordonobits/do:gco-ac-00000683
  • “Georgia, Marriages, 1808-1967,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FWH8-25Z : accessed 19 May 2013), E. Dudley Alfriend and Mary S. Pierce, 14 Dec 1869.
  • “Georgia, Marriages, 1808-1967,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FW3B-RYS : accessed 19 May 2013), William L. Alfriend and Sarah Frances Dunn, 22 Feb 1842.
  • Historical Data Systems, comp. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
  • “[Marriage announcement]” The Southern Christian Advocate, March 11, 1870.
  • National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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