CORDAWAY, MANUEL (1833 ~ 1910). Manuel Cordaway, Confederate veteran, was born in Louisiana in 1833. Not much is known about Cordaway's life before the Civil War, although Confederate Home Roster records indicate he made his living as a farmer.
On March 20, 1862, Cordaway enlisted in the Confederate States Army in New Orleans and was mustered into the 27th Louisiana Infantry. The 27th Louisiana Infantry served at the Battle of Vicksburg, but took heavy losses and was later consolidated into other Louisiana Infantry regiments. Cordaway was taken by United States Army forces and was made to sign a declaration that he would never take up arms against the United States again. According to Compiled Military Service Records, Cordaway continued to serve in the Confederate Army, as his name is present on a prisoner of war list from New Orleans. Cordaway was present when a group of Confederate soldiers surrendered to Union forces in New Orleans at the end of the war in May of 1865. He was released in June of the same year.
Cordaway moved to Texas in 1895 and took up residence in Riviera, Nueces County, Texas. Cordaway was admitted to the Confederate Veterans Home on July 12, 1910. He died 15 days later and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
Biographical information taken from Texas State Cemetery file materials.