Mitchell would like to share this information about his great great uncle,
Robert M.Beggs of Company
D: Annie Miller Beggs was the daughter of Robert Miller and Jannet
White, of Chester Co. SC. Robert and Jannet are buried at Old Purity Presbyterian
Church Cemetery in Chester Co. Robert Miller was a Private soldier from Chester
Co. SC in the American Revolution. He was wounded by a bayonet at the Battle
of Kings Mountain, where his name is included on a plaque memorializing those
wounded in that battle.
James Beggs, a native of Ireland, and Ann Garner Miller married Feb. 27, 1825 in Chester Co., SC. The couple had 8 children, 3 boys and 5 girls. The 3 boys all served in the Confederate States Army.
Robert M. Beggs was my great great uncle, the brother of my great grandfather, James Washington Beggs, who served in the 40th AL Inf, and the brother of William Beggs, of the 5th AL who died in VA in July 1862, following the amputation of a leg at his hip joint.
Robert was killed Oct. 4th, 1862 at the Battle of Corinth, MS while climbing the Union breastworks to take the stars and stripes from its standard. He was a member of Elizabeth Presbyterian Church in Sumter County, AL and their minutes reflect his death at Corinth, as it does the death of William at Malvern Hill, (Richmond) VA.
Robert left his widow Mary J. Ball Beggs, and two children, Robert Jr. and Josie. His widow subsequently married Andrew Hinkle.
The minutes of the Elizabeth Presbyterian Church show that the Beggs were granted letters of dismissal Nov. 5, 1870 because they were leaving for Texas. There were 17 members of the exodus, 15 of whom were Beggs family members and 2 were family friends. The caravan arrived in Van Zandt Co., TX on Christmas eve of 1870, after a six week trek, with most of them walking the entire distance, including the mother of the clan, Annie Miller Beggs, who was then in her 71st year.
Robert's brother, James Washington Beggs, lived until Jan. 1916. In 1985 the writer of this article placed a Confederate tombstone at the grave of "Grandpa Beggs" in Prairie Springs Cemetery, Ben Wheeler, Van Zandt Co. TX. Since the body of Robert was not recovered at Corinth, this writer, and his cousin, Carol Tatum, of McKinney, TX placed a memorial marker for Robert M. Beggs adjacent to the grave of his brother James W. Beggs, at Prairie Springs Cemetery in June of 1990. Carol and I also had a Confederate tombstone placed on the grave of William Beggs at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA, in 1990.
The birth date for Robert, as well as the other Beggs family members, is in the 1799 Beggs Family Bible.
Ann Miller Beggs is also buried at Prairie Springs Cemetery, and on May 4th, 1996, Carol Tatum, of the John Abston DAR Chapter placed a Real Daughter Plaque on her grave, beside James and the marker for Robert."
Lovell would like to share this story about his wife's ggrandfather:
Reuben Seay was born in Spartanburg, South
Carolina in April 23, 1829. He married Sarah J. Moore there
sometime before 1854. He and his family left Spartanburg about 1858 and by
1860 were in Fayette County, Alabama.
Reuben enlisted in Company F, 42nd Alabama Infantry and fought in various battles before being wounded at the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi. He was shot in the area of his windpipe. A Union soldier noticed he was breathing and dragged him into the shade of a large tree and gave him brandy to drink. Reuben Seay later credited this Yankee with saving his life.
After the war, Reuben and his family moved first to Illinois, then to Missouri, before settling in Greene County, Arkansas. His wife died there on September 10, 1890. Reuben died January 6, 1901. Both are buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Walcott, Greene County, Arkansas. They had 10 children and their numerous descendents still live in the area..
In his later years, he was blind, but very religious. He often had his grandchildren lead him to a quiet place to meditate and pray.
Grimes Lampkin offers this information about her ggg grandfather: My ggg
B. Lamkin joined 10 May 1862 in Allenton, AL as a Private
in Company C, 42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry. He was killed
in action near Corinth, MS 3 October 1862. I am interested in any accounts
or letters mailed home for that period of time. Am I correct to assume that
he is buried in a mass grave there? We have placed a marker for him in McWilliams
Cemetery, Wilcox County, AL. I look forward to hearing of any info that may
be out there for Company C. I am also interested in any info
on James D Grimes - also of
Martha Grimes Lampkin
Vince Hatten would like to find out more about his gggggrandfather, Robert Barham:
I was just wanting to get some information posted about my Robert Barham. He was in Company D and was married to Martha Caroline Parker as they are listed on the 1850 census of Pickens County, Alabama and the 1855 state Alabama census for Pickens County, Alabama in the Pleasant Grove community after or during the war. Martha Caroline (PARKER) Barham left Pickens County with her parents John M. Parker and Jane McDonald to Neshoba County, Mississippi. She and her parents are buried in Old Carolina Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
I would love to know where he is buried. I had a friend go to the Alabama State Archives to pull up the service card but it just states what I already know: the he was in the 42nd D Company. I feel that there is a wonderful story behind his service because his last child was born in 1863 and was named after him. His full name was Roberson or Robertson. .On his wife's headstone his name is mentioned as Roberson.
According to soldiers and sailors he is listed as Robertson and according to state arhives he is listed as Robert Barham.
I would love to get some help from someone still living in Alabama that could help do a lookup for me.
They can reach me at my email address or call me at 601-408-1303. Thank you.
August 2004 Update: He was captured at the Battle of Corinth and paroled at Bolivar, Tennessee October, 13 1862.
This is the last date I have on him being alive. His last son, Robert Barham III, was born in late 1862 or early 1863.
30 November 2004 Update:" I found out exactly whar war Robertson Barham was captured at. Here is some information about it also he seved under Captain Lanier as well. The 42nd Alabama was involved in this conflict..."
Other Names: Davis Bridge, Matamora
Location: Hardeman County and McNairy County
Campaign: Iuka and Corinth Operations (1862)
Date(s): October 5, 1862
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Edward O.C. Ord and Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut [US]; Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn [CS]
Forces Engaged: Detachment [US]; Army of the West [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 900 total (US 500; CS 400)
Description: Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn’s Confederate Army of West Tennessee retreated from Corinth on October 4, 1862. Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans did not send forces in pursuit until the morning of the 5th. Maj. Gen. Edward O.C. Ord, commanding a detachment of the Army of West Tennessee, was, pursuant to orders, advancing on Corinth to assist Rosecrans. On the night of October 4-5, he camped near Pocahontas. Between 7:30 and 8:00 am the next morning, his force encountered Union Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut’s 4th Brigade, Army of West Tennessee, in the Confederates’s front. Ord took command of the now-combined Union forces and pushed Van Dorn’s advance, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s Army of the West, back about five miles to the Hatchie River and across Davis’ Bridge. After accomplishing this, Ord was wounded and Hurlbut assumed command. While Price’s men were hotly engaged with Ord’s force, Van Dorn’s scouts looked for and found another crossing of the Hatchie River. Van Dorn then led his army back to Holly Springs. Ord had forced Price to retreat, but the Confederates escaped capture or destruction. Although they should have done so, Rosecrans’s army had failed to capture or destroy Van Dorn’s force.
Result(s): Union victory
CWSAC Reference #: TN007
Preservation Priority: III.3 (Class C)
Diana Johns Lucas shares the following information about three Johns brothers and a Frazier brother-in-law:
Marshall R. Johns, b. July 1832 in Georgia, d. March 1908. Married: Sarah “Sallie” M. Frazier, b. July 1844 in Georgia, d.?.
Military Service: Marshall R and two of his brothers,William Green Johns, Jr. and Reuben Z Johns, all mustered into Capt. Brady's Company, Alabama Volunteers around 4/2/1862 at Greenville, Alabama and eventually became part of the 42nd Alabama Infantry, Company E. Of the three, only Marshall would survive. Marshall, captured and paroled at Yazoo City, Mississippi on 5/21/1863, continued fighting until at least 4/30/1864 and may have been disabled by his service. I also have Marshall's pension application papers and it states that he joined the 42nd Alabama at Rose HiIl, AL, 03/27/1862, so not sure which joining up site is correct - Rose Hill or Greenville. The pension papers also state that Marshall was "wounded by a minnie ball positioned near the right shoulder joint" at the battle of Resaca, Georgia on 15 May, 1864. I don't know if he was sent home because of this wound or if he ended up finishing out the rest of the war. I do know that at some point he eventually had a "peg-leg", as I met his niece many years ago and she told me she vividly remembered seeing him with it. She seemed to think it was due to a wound he had received during the civil war, but to date I have found no actual proof of this. At the time of his enlistment, I am pretty sure that Marshall and his family lived in the New Hope Church area of southern Alabama, in Covington County. He eventually moved to the Evergreen Alabama (Conecuh County) area, where he died. I do not know where he or his wife were buried. If anyone knows anything about that, please let me know!
- William Green Johns, Jr., b. 1838
m. Martha Ann Jones, b. Abt. 1830 in Georgia
Military Service: William Green, Jr. mustered into Capt. Brady's Company, Alabama
Volunteers around 4/2/1862, at Greenville, Alabama and eventually became part of the 42nd Alabama Infantry, Company E. He was captured and paroled at Vicksburg, Mississippi on 7/4/1863. He appeared on a roll of prisoners of war for Hospital Number 2 and may have succumbed to wounds or illness. His widow, Martha Ann Johns, filed a Settlement Claim on 2/10/1864.
- Reuben Z. Johns, b. 1842 in Georgia
Military Service: Reuben Z. Johns mustered into Capt. Brady’s Company, Alabama
Volunteers around 4/2/1862, at Greenville, Alabama and eventually became part of the
42nd Alabama Infantry, Company E. It appears he died at Jackson, Mississippi, exact date is unknown. A Settlement Claim was filed by his father, William, Sr. on 7/30/1863.
Additionally, Marshall's brother-in-law, Layton L. Frazier b. 1840, was also a private in the 42nd Alabama Infantry, Co. E. I do correspond with some of his descendents, so if anyone needs information on this line, please let me know and I will put you in touch.
And as an aside, WIlliam Green John, Sr. b. 1807, GA, who was Marshall's father, and Thomas John b. 1847 (Marshall's younger brother) and Jasper Aplin, b. 1810, (married to Marshall's sister, Frances John) all mustered into Capt. J. T. Brady's Company of the Covington County Militia (Second Class) on 8/27/1864. All three survived the war. William Green John was age 58 at the time and Thomas was age 15.
Hope this information is of help to someone out there who may be researching one of these people! I do have more information on more of Marshall's brothers and family members who also served in other units, so if anyone is interested, please email me.
Thank you for letting me share,
Warren W. Shipman III is seeking information on his ggrandfather: "My great grandfather, James H. Shipman, was born in 1837 in New Jersey or New York and died in West Point, Mississippi on August 16, 1900. He enlisted as a private with Co. B, 42nd Ala. Infantry in Olney Ala., on March 28, 1862. He was captured near Vicksburg on May 19, 1863, and he was exchanged on July 4, 1863 while imprisoned at Fort Delaware. He again served with Co. B, 42nd Inf as late as September, 1864, the date of the last military record that I have of him...."
Askew writes of his gggrandfather:
George Washington Askew was born on 22 February 1838in Edenton, NC. He was the oldest son of David Outlaw
Askew and Martha Etheridge Askew. He moved with hisfamily from Bertie County North Carolina in 1849. The
1850 census shows George living in Oktibbeha CouniyMiss., with his mother, two brothers and two sisters
and an overseaer. George was listed as 13 years old. The 1860 census shows George living in Columbus Miss.
in Lowndes county, with his mother, two brothers,and two sisters. George was listed as 22 years old.
George Washington Askew was a Graduate of Universityof North Calorlina (Chapel Hill) class of 1860. It was
stated in the class reunion in 1920, that of 93 members of the class, 92 had entered the Confederate
Army, and 34 had been killed or died in service. George enlisted in A Co, 44th Mississippi
Infantry,aka. Blythe's Regiment from Feb 1861 to May 1862 as a Private. Blythe's Regiment participated in
the Battle of Shiloh, April 5-6, 1862. He was elected 2LT at Camp Hardee, Columbus, MS and joined F Co, 42nd
Alabama Infantry Regiment in May 1862. He was wounded during the Battle of Corinth, 3-5 October 1862. He
was present with the 42nd Alabama during the campaign and siege of Vicksburg. He was Paroled from Vicksburg
on 10 July 1863 as a 1LT in F Co, 42nd ALA INF REGT. George rejoined the regiment at parole camp in
Demopolis, Alabama. The regiment participated in the Battle of Lookout Mountain, 24 November 1863,
Missionary Ridge 25 November 1863, and the Atlanta Campaign. On March 18th 1864, while in camp at
Dalton, Georgia, The 42nd Alabama conducted a Medical Board for a LT Portis of K Co, 42nd Alabama and 1st LT
George W. Askew was a Witness that testified. Additionally the regiment was stationed within thedefenses of Mobile from August 1864 until February1865.
Following the Civil War, in 1866 George and four othermen started the Hashuqu Manufacturing Company near
Mashulaville Community in Noxubee County Mississippi.The company produced yarn. George provided an initial
capital of $5000 to become a partner. George was the acting secretary and treasurer of the company. In
addition he managed the general store for the company employees. By 1868 the only stockholders were George
and a Mr. Stiles. At this time George was described as "a young man of about 30 years of age, who was a
graduate of Chapel Hill College, NC. He came among us as active secretary and treasurer of the company;
being a stockholder of five thousand dolars, he put his shoulder to the wheel right at the start. By this
time the company had established a general store , and Askew was in charge of this and put in all his time,
accepting such fare and eating at the same table with all the others. He remained at Hashuqua for several
years until his health gave way from the efects of malaria." (Historical Notes of Noxubee County
Mississippi By John Anderson Tyson 1926-27 p. 107) One of George's fellow partners in this company was
D.A. Outlaw. One stockcertificate is included dated April 30, 1874, ten shares, certificate number 44.
On 20 December 1873, George married Rachel Henrietta Snow from Stonewall, Mississippi.
Probably, shortly after his marriage, he moved to Fulisavay, Mississippi, now part of Meridian,
Mississippi and worked for the railroad. A 1910 letter from George W. Askew to Will Graham a classmate
from Chapel Hill written on New Orleans & North-Eastern Railroad Co. stationery, gives the
railroad company that George W. Askew was employeed. George Askew Sr. maintained an autograph book from
college of his classmates and all through the years he would make notes of what unit they were in, last time
seen and location, if killed in the war, where and when, and rank obtained. The reunion program for
class of 1860 at Chapel Hill (University Of North Carolina) June 15, 1920 list George W. Askew ,Columbus
, Miss. Capt. Miss. Regt. Railway service, died 1916. George served as a Railroad Watchman. He died
on 07 March 1916 and is buried at Magnolia Cemetary in Meridian Mississippi"
Rusty Wilson writes on behalf of a friend who is a gggrandson of Pvt. Hudson: George Randal Hudson (7 April 1839-12 April 1912), Co. E, enlisted as a private in Greenville, AL and served under Capt. J.E. Fields. Pvt. Hudson was wounded at Vicksburg, fought in the Battle of Atlanta, and may have served as a guard at Andersonville.
Brad Marble writes: L.D.
Bailey, who appears as a private on the muster roll for Company
B under Capt. L. C. Lanier
Lane Guards, of the 2nd Regiment, Alabama Volunteers is my Great Great Grandfather Lawrence Decody Bailey.
My father, Duane Bradshaw Marble's mother, Mary Edna Bailey had influenced her son to name his first son DeCody Brad Marble, that is me.
A photo of L.D. Bailey in his confederate uniform is on my website: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/2298/gallery/photoldb.html
DeCody also has information about B.J. Boon of Co. B, Lane Guards, 2nd Regiment, Alabama Volunteers.
Shefordhome@aol.com writes: I ordered miliary records of all Joseph (J.A.) Mabry brothers who served in the War Between the States. 4 of them were in the SC 18th Infantry but I discovered that his older brother, Danerson (Davison, Dennerson, Donaldson), also served in the 42nd, Company B. He also, like my ancestor, was paroled at Vicksburg and later captured at Missionary Ridge and sent to Rock Island Prison. He was released at the end of the war and is buried in Trinity County, TX. I've never found a burial place for Joseph. Of the 6 brothers, 2 of them died in the war. One in Point Lookout, MD Prison camp and the other from disease. This family paid a hugh toll in this war.
Another note of interest: There is a brief account of the 42nd by T.C. Lanier in the History of Pickens County Alabama 1520-1920 by James Clanahan.
Larelda Barrow Barton writes: My great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Barrow, enlisted in December 1861, at Andalusia, AL, as a private in Company E, 42nd Alabama Infantry Regiment; was captured at Vicksburg, July 4th1863, and captured again at the Battle of Chickamauga, in November 1863; was paroled at Rock Island, Illinois, in June 1865. He was born January 25, 1842, in Macon County, GA.
My family and I have visited both Vicksburg and Missionary Ridge. I have a photocopy of the document he signed at
Vicksburg giving his oath not to take up arms against the United States again.
Guess he couldn't keep this promise, since he was captured at Missionary Ridge and sent to prison.
I also have copies of documents wherehe is listed on the Roll of Prisoners of War forwarded from Louisville, KY, to Rock Island, Dec. 8, 1863 , and he appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War at Rock Island Barracks, ILL received from Louisville, KY.
This roll is dated Dec. 25, 1863. He had pneumonia while he was in
prison and was sent to the hospital July 21, 1864 and returned to prison duty July 30, 1864.
Jackie Rivers writes: James A. Ferguson, b. Pickensville, AL 11/12/1835, d. Vicksburg, MS
while in battle on 6/14/1863. Enlisted in Co. F under Capt. James B. Perkins in May 1862 at
Columbus, MS. On Dec. 31, 1862, he asked his wife to direct her letters to: Bisoubarrge(?) 42 Ala
Regt - C/F/horses brigade.
Another descendant, Randy Harris, writes: "My GGGrandfather, James A. Ferguson, fought with Company F, 42nd Infantry during the War Between the States. He died on the 14th day of June 1863 during the Siege of Vicksburg. It truly makes me happy to know there are people who have not forgotten what price these brave men and women had to pay for their beliefs. I can only hope these sites are continued and added to. If there is anyone who might be able to add any information about the days during the Battle of Vicksburg, possibly a diary or letters with references about James A. Ferguson it would be greatly appreciated. Once again thanks to everyone who has made the effort and taken the time to contribute to this site.
Susan S. Hahn writes: Looking for any military info on Charles Robert McNeil, brother of John A. McNeil and cousin William Henderson who fought in Co H. Charles died at Vicksburg in February 1863. We do not know what happened to John A. McNeil and Wm Henderson. Appreciate any info shared on these family members. Thank you kindly.
Om-Starsong@webtv.net writes: I have a William Brewer and John Clayton who were with Capt.Condrey's Bull Mountain Invincibles, Co K They were on one May 1862 roster in Columbus, Miss., but not on
others.. Confusing.. William was married to Eliza Clayton.. I suspect
John was her brother..Any connections would be greatly appreciated.Thanks
Many thanks to Scott Owens of Alabama who sent the following details on the last moments of Rev. James McMullen at Resaca:
James P. McMullen, after
being called as the first pastor of the Pleasant Ridge church
in 1855, was "moved by the
spiritual wants of the soldiers in the army of the South, engaged as they believed in defending their national liberties. He
left his church and home and friends for a time to labor as a missionary in the field. He was appointed by the Executive
Committee of Domestic Missions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the South, of the Confederate
States. He then was called to labor in the Army of Tennessee under the command of Joseph E. Johnston. He left
Pleasant Ridge on January 24, 1864. He labored three months to comfort the afflicted and to save souls with the 42nd
On Sabbath morning, May 15, 1864, he preached to the entire
Baker's Brigade while standing in line of battle. This
on the eve of the terrible battle of Resaca, preaching solemnly and impressively. Very soon after, the battle began and
raged with great fury. Urged by a patriotism long cherished in his quiet home, but now rendered intense by the magnitude
of the pending crisis, sublime in the forgetfulness of self, and sustained by a courage that thought not of danger, he
rushed into the battle, cheering on the men in a most perilous and even desperate charge upon a strong battery of the
enemy; and after seeing his eldest son slain before his face, he fell, himself pierced by a fatal bullet." According to the
after action report of the 42nd Alabama, the particular action in which Mr. McMullen was killed occurred later in the day
after the assault on the battery, when the brigade emerged from a wood and faced a Union force across an open field.
Col Thomas Lanier, commanding Baker's Brigade, said afterward that Mr. McMullen "rushed ahead of the command
waving his hat and cheering the regiment and was soon shot and instantly killed." Col Lanier, a ruling elder at the
Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Pickens County, Alabama, further stated that "if Mr. McMullen had been officially
identified with the Army (I) would have placed him under arrest and sent him to the rear."
That this is the instance in which Mr.
McMullen was killed is corroborated by Col
E. A. Cannon, commanding the 13th New
Jersey Infantry regiment, with which the 42nd Alabama was engaged in the action in question. Col Cannon states that
"They (the 42nd Alabama) came on in good shape (order) until they emerged from a thicket on my right, and came under
a heavy fire, which, for a moment, staggered them; they soon rallied and again came on, not, however, in good line.
They had now come within a few paces of our line, and it seemed as though they could not be stopped. It was just at
this time that I saw in front of the right of my regiment an aged man, calling on the troops to follow him, urging them on,
etc. I could not, in the din of musketry, hear his words, but I could see his motions, etc. Just at this time my attention was
called in another direction, and about the same moment the Confederates gave way, and the fight was over. (It was
about five o'clock on Sabbath evening.) . . . He was a brave man. Several of my men assured me that when they saw him,
with hat off, urging the men forward, they did not have the heart to harm his gray head (he had a heavy head of long
white hair). From a prisoner or wounded man of the regiment to which he belonged, we learned of the death of his son.
They lay about twenty feet apart, and the father was about fifteen or twenty paces from our lines."
James P. McMullen was one
of the few chaplains killed in action during the War Between the
States. He and his son are
buried with the unknown Confederate dead on the battlefield of Resaca, Georgia. Recently, monuments to each have
been placed at the gravesite."
Noland wrote the following: Recently a tombstone was uncovered
in our church cemetery and the man was Hinchy
W. Noland. He was a member of the Alabama 42 Inf.
I think he may be a family member but since all the people that
might know him are deceased, I need help to find out about him.
Carolyn Gaines Cooper is the gggrandaughter of William J. Weatherford and the ggniece of James Lewis Cone, both of whom served in the 42nd. She believes that William may been distantly related to Red Eagle, he was not one of his descendants. James Cone served in Co. C and enlisted on 5 April 1861 in Camden, Wilcox Co. He was wounded at Shiloh and discharged on 2 June 1865. He was married (1) to Martha G. Sessions, who was the mother of his eight children, and following Martha's death, (2) to Mary Ella Lock. James and William J. Weatherford's wife, Nancy, were two of the children of Lewis and Martha Ann Stuckey Cone of Wilcox. Co.
In addition, for those interested in more information about the purchase of the battle flag of the 42nd, contact Carolyn.
Jeff Moody wrote to say that his gggg uncle is 1st Cpl K. Bailey of Company B and that he is looking for information on him or his company. Thanks.
Barb Lewis wrote to say that she has copies of Col. John Wesley Portis's military records and pension records from the National Archives. Here is a summary: When the Civil War began, he enrolled in the "Suggsville Grays" as a private and was elected a second lieutenant. This outfit later became Co. D of the 2nd AL Infantry Regiment. In the spring of 1862, the 2nd AL was reformed as the 42nd AL Infantry under the command of John W. Portis, now a colonel. He was wounded at the Battle of Corinth, 5 October 1862, recovered and paroled after the surrender of Vicksburg, MS on 4 July 1863. His signed agreement to not bare arms against the U.S. apparently did not stop him from returning to his unit, as he is present on muster rolls to the end of the war.
Robert Howell wrote to say that Jonathan Harrelson of Co. E was his ggggrandfather. In addition, Jonathan's son, Enos Harrelson, was also enlisted in the same company. Enos, Robert's gggrandfather, was born March 28, 1826 and died July 19, 1863. He was seriously wounded in the Battle of Vicksburg and lingered for about a month and then died.
Harold Wright found the following information about Pvt. O. L. McKinstry: McKinstry of Co. D became the Probate Judge in Pickens County, AL. He signed and approved the pension papers of both J. E. Wright on 18 May 1891 and his widow, Tinsey Garner Wright,on 30 April 1898. (Harold has copies of these records. See his email message below.) Judge McKinstry certified "that he knew of J.E. Wright's service, that he did not desert the service of the state of Alabama or Confederate states and that he was not capable of making a living due to wounds received in war."
Harold noted that J.A. McKinstry was severly wounded at Corinth. He has found an account of that battle at: http://www.qns.net/~williams/1896/article8.html
Harold is assuming that J.A. and O.L. McKinstry were related but has no proof.
Scott White wrote about his ancestor, Robert James Lambert, of Co. A. Four generations of ancestors recently gathered to place a footstone on Pvt. Lambert's grave in Rays Chapel, FL. In attendance was Louise Greenwell, his only living granddaughter. Scott would like to hear from others who are researching Robert James Lambert.
Harold Wright wrote that his gggrandfather, Josiah E. Wright (a.k.a. J. E. Wright on the muster roll), served in Co. D from Mar. 31, 1862 when he enlisted in Carrolton, AL until May 1865 when surrndered or released in North Carolina. He was wounded in his shoulder at Resaca, GA and injured at Spanish Fort, AL. (In Mobile Hospital for 30 days) He as well as his wife, Tinsey Garner Wright, applied for AL pensions due to war injuries. Josiah E. Wright died 15 Oct5. 1891 in Pickens Co., AL. Harold also has official records regarding the death in the Battle of Corinth of Pvt. A.J. Wright of Co. D and the record of Pvt. H.J. Wright of Co. D who was reported missing at Corinth.
Johnnie Hetherington says that William G. Hetherington enlisted in Co. A on April 4, 1862 at Claibrone, Alabama. His record shows that he was captured at Vicksburg, MS and later at Macon, GA. After being released, he returned to Claiborne and married Susan M. Broughton and started his family. In 1883 he moved his family to Reagan, Falls County, Texas and bought a farm there. William and his family are buried in the Covington Cemetery in Reagan, TX. William is the brother of James M. Hetherington who served in Co. H.
Johnnie A. Hetherington's ggrandfather was John M. Hetherington. John was mustered into Co. H on May 26, 1862 at Columbus, MS having originally enlisted in Monroe County, AL. He fought in the Battle of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain and in the Battle of Atlanta. After the war he married Margaret Ann Broughton and lived for a time in Monroe County. At a later date he and his family moved to Reagan, Falls County, TX. John M. Hetherington is buried with his family at Covington Cemetery in Reagan, Falls County, TX.
Gail Roth wrote that her ancestor, George S. Bradley, was in Co. A. She has discovered that he died in a hospital in Demopolis, AL and wishes to find the documentation of his death. If anyone has knowledge of where this kind of information can be found, Gail would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you.
Carolyn Loyd would appreciate any information concerning Sanford (Sant) Loyd who served in the 42nd. He had a brother, Isham Loyd, serving in the same infantry. On Oct. 15, 1862, Isham wrote, "I saw Sant the day before we left Baldwin. He was right sick and I hever heard anymore of him until about 2 days after the fight, I happened on him right in the road. He had been able to make the rounds."
Sam Portis wrote to say that his gggrandfather was Col. John Wesley Portis, First Commander of the 42nd. He is looking for information about him and only has family word-of-mouth history so far. Col. Portis finally made it home after Bentonville. He was from Suggsville in Clark County, AL. It isn't known if he started the Columbus, MS group or was assigned to the regiment. There also was a Thomas Portis and George Portis in this regiment and Sam is wondering if there is a relationship among all 3 of them. No family records mention Thomas or George. He's also looking for a picture of Col. Portis.
Any help of suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Heather Renee Wells shared the following information about her ancestor which was obtained from his Civil War Muster Roll and Widow's Pension File, cemetery and marriage records: "John Thomas Wells was born 29 Sept. 1836 in Fairfield Co., SC. About 1858 he married a cousin, Sarah Elizabeth Sanders. He moved to Pineapple, Wilcox Co., AL shortly afterward, and enlisted 26 April 1862 at Camden, AL in the Confederate Army as a private in Co. C, 42nd Alabama Infantry. He was wounded, and placed in General Hospital in Lauderdale Springs, MS from June 1862-April 1863 where he rejoined his regiment afterwards. He was captured at Vicksburg 4 July 1863 and paroled after signing the oath not to take up arms against the US but again shortly afterward he rejoined his regiment. He was in the Battle of Lookout Mountain, TN; Battle at Missionary Ridge, TN; Battle of Resaca; Battle of New Hope; Battle at Buzzards Roost; and the Battle of Atlanta. He was in Ross Hospital, Mobile, AL from Oct. 1864-Nov 1864 with fever, then returned for the Battle at Spanish Fort and the Battle of Bentonville, NC. He surrendered and was discharged at Durham Station, NC 26 April 1865. John and Sarah had 7 children, the last 5 of them born in Pineapple, AL. John and Sarah moved to Arkansas about 1878. Sarah died 26 Sept 1887 in Texarkana, AR. A year later, John Thomas Wells went back to Pineapple, AL and married Bettie Walton 14 Dec 1888. She was the daughter of Enoch Walton, who was originally from Edgefield Co., SC. John and Bettie moved around, living in TX, OK, and finally settling in Fayetteville, AR . John Thomas died 11 Feb 1906 in Fayetteville, AR where he is buried in the Confederate Cemetery ."
Sid Sells wrote the following note: I am researching M. C. Corder (Micajiah Cager Corder) who was in Co. F of the 42nd Inf. I would appreciate any information. J.C. (James Calvin) and E.Corder (Elias) are brothers of M.C. (Micajiah Cager). Thank you.
S. Summers wrote a query concerning J.T.Roper, Company K, under Lt. Condrey, Marion County, Alabama: Would like full name of J.T., any family information . Noted W. Roper also in Company K. Any relationship to J.T.? Is J.T. same as Tom (James Thomas?) who married Willie Archer. Anything known about Tom Roper or spouse Willie Archer?
Greg Wallace wrote to let us know that George Washington Davis served in Co. H and that his pension file shows he was from Yalobusha Co., MS. Greg is trying to find out if the Alex Davis of Co. A is a relative.
Bebe Roper Byerly writes: "My gggrandfather, Watson Caleb Roper, was a member of the 42nd AL Infantry, Company K. He enlisted in Aberdeen, MS, on 13 May 1862, for 'three years of the War.' He appears on a report of killed, wounded, and missing of the 42nd Regiment, Moore's Brigade, in the Battle of Corinth, MS, 3-5 October 1862. The report was dated: Camp at Lumpkins Mill, 14 Oct. 1862. His record also shows that he appears on a list of enlisted soldiers and officers paroled at Bolivar, Tennessee, 13 Oct 1862. List dated Headquarters, 2nd Division, D. of W. Tenn., 14 Oct. 1862. He was also listed as a paroled prisoner at Hatchey Creek, 5 Oct. 1862. According to my gggrandmother's pension application, Watson Caleb Roper died on or about 1 June 1863, in Meridian, Lauderdale Co., MS, in a hospital. I have no idea where my gggrandfather is buried or where he died. My gggrandmother is buried in the family plot in the Saltillo Cemetery, Saltillo, Lee Co., MS. I would appreciate any information that I could obtain about my gggrandfather. Please feel free to email me. Thank you."
A descendant of Pvt. Levy Corley writes: I would like any information about Pvt. Corley of Co. C or his descendants or ancestors. Thank you.
Ira L. Harris III shared the following: "Several years ago I copied a newspaper article that one of my cousins had. It listed the following Harris family members as part of Co. K. It listed only first and middle initials. I have added the names in from my research. Joseph Perry Harris is my ancestor. Those listed were: David J. Harris, Henry Cleburne Harris, Joseph Perry Harris, James Thompson Harris, Leroy Mauldin Harris, and William White Harris. The article was a tribute to those"silvery heads" who still survived. It did not have a date or paper name.
Jerry Horton wrote: "My gggrandfather, Alpheus Baker, commanded this regiment at the end of the war. As a little girl my mother remembers being looked after by his wife, Phila."
"My ggggrandfather was Private Francis M. Higginbotham of Co. G, 42nd Alabama Infantry. He was born in 1829 in Clarke Co., GA and died in 1904 (?). He was wounded in the left arm during the fighting at Vicksburg, and finished the war in a Talladega Home Guard Unit. He later collected a pension for his wounds from the state of Alabama. I would love to hear from anyone with ties with Co. G. Thank you.
David Harris wrote:"The following data concerns my gggrandfather who served in the 42nd Regiment. The Lamar Co., AL 1907 census of Confederate soldiers lists 'Harris, Henry Cleburne: Present Post Office address: Detroit, Ala.: Born 14 Apr 1838 at Barnesville in Marion County, Ala.: First entered service as private on 12 May 1862 at Bexar, Ala. in Co K 42 Ala. Reg. and continued until wounded at Iuka, Miss. paroled in May 1865. After wound, he was captured at Water Valley, Miss. on Dec. 22, 1862 and held prisoner at Holly Springs, Miss. From there he was shipped to Cairo, Ill. on Dec. 22, 1862. Received at military prison, Alton, Ill. on March 12, 1863. From Alton, Ill. he was sent to City Point, Va. on April 1, 1863 and received there on April 8, 1863. While there, in a prisoner exchange, he was paroled. He was next captured at the surrender at Vicksburg, Miss. on July 4, 1863 and paroled under the terms of the surrender agreement. He was next paroled in May, 1865. (This summary based on information from The National Archives, Washington, DC, Confederate Research Center, Hillsboro, TX, and Alabama Archives, Montgomery, AL.) He contracted smallpox during the Vicksburg Campaign and was nursed back to health by a supportive lady in Vicksburg. Henry Cleburne Harris was my great great grandfather.
Chris Johns is researching 4th Sgt. Chapman Faulkenberry of Co. H. Contact him for more information.
From Roy Adams: Please list my great grandfather with your muster roll. We show James Adams from Coffee Co., AL listed with Co. E in August 1862, enlisted by Captain James Brady. This information was given to me by the National Archives. He was a prisoner-of-war in Vicksburg, MS in 1863. If anyone has any further information on James Adams or anyone from Co. E, please email me.
Claire Maxwell would like to hear from anyone researching William Hicks of Co. H.
David Jones shared the following about his ancestor: John B. Jones was the son of my 4th Great Grandfather Fredrick Jones. He was born June 20, 1842 in Itawamba County, Mississippi. (The family may have lived in the present day Marion County area at the time.) John B. Jones enrolled in the 42nd Alabama Infantry Co K at Aberdeen, MS on May 13, 1862. According to records, John Jones was captured at the Battle of Vicksburg on May 19, 1863. He was sent to Fort Delaware, Delaware. He was pardoned on July 3, 1863. John married Mary Jane Hough and had two children: Lou Genie Jones born 10/22/1873 and Annie Jones born in 1875. John died August 5, 1886 in Itawamba County, MS. John's gravesite is located in the Center Star Cemetary in Mantachie, Mississippi. Any additional information about the Fredrick Jones Family, John Jones Family or Co K would be appreciated. Thank you.
DeAnn Monroe Steely wrote the following: "....I am researching the Munroe/Monroe line of Scotland, North Carolina and Alabama. My gggrandfather and his two oldest sons fought in the War of Northern Aggression. Raphael J. (or R.J.) Munroe was a private the 42nd Alabama Infantry, Company H. According to the information I received from the National Archives, he enlisted 22 Novemeber 1862. He was a prisoner of war in Vicksburg, captured 4 July 1863, paroled in the City Hospital, Vicksburg, MS. Does anyone have any idea what happened after these men were paroled? We cannot find a trace of him after he was paroled."
Bob Bryan sent the following on his gggrandfather: Although not presently shown, my g-g-grandfather served in
Company E of the 42nd under Captain James T. Brady. His name was William B. Boyett. Information obtained from the National Archives show that Private W. B. Boyett enlisted in the Confederate Army on August 26, 1862 at Selma, Al [also listed elsewhere as Coosabridge, Al] by Capt. Brady. He was shown on the Company Muster Roll as present from Aug. 26 through Oct. 31, 1862.
He was shown on the Hospital Muster Roll of General Hospital at Meridian, Miss. for Nov. and Dec., 1862, March and April, 1863 as a patient. (The 42nd Infantry Regiment was engaged in operations on the Mississippi Central R. R. in the northeast section of Mississippi from Oct. 31, 1862 through Jan. 10, 1863). He signed a receipt for clothing for 2nd quarter of 1864, date of issue: June 30, 1864. )
My name is Donald
King and I am from Amory, MS. My ggrandfather, R.G. Evans, served in Co. H.
He enlisted on 18 Sept. 1862 and was wounded in the Battle of
Jimmie Green is looking for information on his ancestor, Jeremiah Willis of Co. H. If anyone has anything to share, please contact him. Thanks.
From Glenda comes this request for help on her ancestor: There is listed a W.C. Storey and I'm wondering if this possibly could be D.W. Storey? I have a copy of my gggrandfather's muster roll for July through October 1862 and roll of prisoners-of-war not dated, that said he was captured at Vicksburg 4 July 1863. I also have a copy of the register of claims of deceased officer and soldiers from AL, filed 28 Oct 1863, signed by his widow, M.A. Storey. This is the only information I can find on him. My aunt tells me that David W. Storey was wounded at Vicksburg and that his wife came to take him home to AL. He died somewhere between Vicksburg and AL. No one knows where he is buried. Or any other info on him. Thanking you in advance for any info no matter how small. (Note from Peg Price: David W. Storey was found along with W.C. Storey on the prisoners' roll at Vicksburg so I am adding David's name to Co. B until we find out otherwise.)
There are other places on the website where the Battle Flag of the 42nd is discussed but I thought it would be fitting to add another note here with a link to Pvt. John T. Perry of Co.A in hopes a descendant will write and offer more information: "....The flag was made from a silk wedding dress. Three flagbearers died carrying this flag during the charge to the top of Battery Robinett. A fourth flag bearer, John T. Perry, took the flag and carried it throughout the rest of the war. He survived the war and passed it on to a lady who sewed it into her dress to prevent the Yankees from capturing it..." The flag is one of the best preserved and best documented in Civil War history and recently was sold privately for $175,000. The state of Alabama knew it existed but said they could not afford to buy it.
Tammy Wood is looking for more information about her ggggrandfather, Griffin Gregory, born in 1833: "....... Griffin was a private on the muster roll . If this is the same Griffin Gregory , I am looking for, I didn't even know he served in any battles. Thanks."
Paula Hurst is looking for information about Dock Hurst: "I just learned that my gggrandfather was Dock Sevier Hurst and I know he was in the war. ...I found some letters from another soldier in the same company (G)." She will be checking for his records in Montgomery but feels sure this D.S. Hurst is her ancestor. She'd appreciate hearing from anyone researching this family or who might have more information about D.S. Hurst.
John H. Conner wrote: Does anyone have any information regarding Robert N. Youngblood of Co. C? Believe that this is my ggrandfather, Robert Newton Youngblood, from Saint Clair or Benton (Calhoun) Co., Alabama. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Blake Otwell (who maintains a genealogy---Civil War website) wrote the following: "I have had in my possession for some time a number of letters written during the Civil War by a distant cousin (?) from Talledega County by the name of 1st Lt. Jeff R. Stockdale and I assume his brother, Pvt. Aubrey Stockdale. You can imagine my surprise when I saw your web page and connected the 42nd Alabama on the letters to the actual 42nd muster roll (Co G) on your page. I have letters written from Camp Talledega, 1861; Camp Alabama near Pensacola, FL; Dalton, GA; and Camp Alabama near Fort Bauaneo (spelling unclear). All of these are letters home from Jeff or Aubrey. I also noted with interest two other names on the roll of Co. G: an A.T. and an A.W. Porter. My ggrandfather (on mother's side) was James Morris Porter and was born in Talledega Co. in 1869. He married a Stockdale (I think she was called "Willie.") I am wondering if A.T. or A.W. was my ggrandfather's father and this is how the Porters and Stockdales came to know each other and thus marry. I knew my ggrandfather quite well as he lived until 1965 and he was a true blue Confederate. Perhaps you could post this on your web page and if anyone else has info that might help me identify his father (and/or mother) they could pass it along.