CAPTAIN SOL STREET

SKETCHES OF THIS DASHING LEADER AND HIS COMPANY OF SCOUTS




The following article appeared in the Southern Sentinel newspaper dated August 9, 1894. In it he gives the ancestry of the Street family and a list of men who served in Co. A 2nd Mississippi State Cavalry under then Capt. Solomon G. Street. Andrew Brown uses this list in some of his histories. I have added some information from it to my list of the unit. I do not have the followup articles mentioned at the end.

As Preliminary to the sketches of the dashing trooper and fearless soldier whose name heads this article, it is perhaps proper that something be said of his ancestry.

The founder of the Street family came over among the first Virginia colonists who settled at Jamestown in the early part of the 17th century.  He was of pure English blood and family tradition tells of his heroism in the Indian wars that were incident to those early colonial days.  He reared a large family.  One of his sons moved southward and settled in South Carolina.

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the Street family in the old Palmetto State had grown to be a very numerious one.  All were ardent patriots and nearly every member capable of bearing arms took part in the defense of the colonies.

The paternal grandfather of Solomon Street, volunteered at the beginning of the revolution and served throughout that long and sanguinary struggle, participating in many battles, enduring all the hardships incident to the memorable winter encampment at Valley Forge and never left the service till victory perched on the banners of the colonists.  At the conclusion of the war he married and a large family was reared by him.  One of his sons named Anderson, was the father of Solomon Street.  Anderson Street was born in 1800.  At the age of 21 he was united in marriage to Miss Keziah McBryde, a young lady of Scotch-Irish family and a woman of great force of character.  The young couple moved to the territory now known as Tippah county and settled near the headwaters of Tippah creek, about 6 miles west of Ripley.  This was at a very early day and sometime before the Indians left this country.  Here they raised a family of 15 children, 8 girls and 7 boys, all reaching the years of maturity.  All the girls were married and all the sons volunteered in the Confederate service.  Of these, three lost their lives in defense of the Lost Cause and each of the four who lived to return home bore upon his person the mark of Federal bullets.  Anderson Street and his wife lived together for forty years.  The wife was the first to die, while the husband lived to a ripe old age, dying in 1889.

Captain Sol Street, about whose life and eventful career these sketches will mostly deal, was born in 1832 and was therefore 29 years of age at the breaking out of the war between the states.  He was a man of limited education, as was common with persons of humble life in those early days.  He was a man naturally of mild temperament, quiet and undemonstrative as a general thing unless aroused by what he considered an injustice; then prompt to resent wrong without fear as to the consequences.  One feature of his character developed early in life, was the prompt and faithful performance of all his promises, no difference what their nature nor to whom made, and a disposition to expect and require of others to do the same.

The life of General Marion, the Revolutionary hero whose name was made famous by the successful warfare waged in South Carolina against the British, was largely disseminated and read in Capt. Street's boyhood days.  A copy of the volume was in his father's limited library.  Young Street read this through frequently and was heard to remark during the stirring days when he was in command of his company of scouts, that he had taken Gen. Marion as his model and sought to carry out a line of warfare upon the same general plan.  Some time prior to the war he was married to Miss Rhoda Balch, a young lady who was reared in the same community with himself.

The first call to arms found Solomon among those who rallied around the flag of the South.  He volunteered in Capt. Davis' Co. F, 2nd Miss. Reg't Inft., which left Ripley for the seat of war in Virginia on the 30th day of April, 1861.  For twelve months he served as a private in the ranks, but the desire to organize and operate an independent troop of cavalry scouts, implanted in his mind from the beginning, continued to grow and augment, so at the end of one year's service in the army of Northern Virginia, he hired a substitute and returned to Mississippi armed with the proper authority from the Confederate government for organizing a command after his own ideal.

Capt. Street at first did a little scouting on his own account, among other things capturing single handed a Federal cavalryman near Davis' Bridge on the Hatchie.  The fame of these exploits soon gave him prestige and men soon rallied to his assistance and cheerfully placed thmselves undee his control until in January 1863 he as at the head of a company of 25 or 30 men.  Most of these had been and some were at the time members of other commands in the Confederate army.  Many were those who had grown tired of the strict discipline of the regular army and longed for a service that gave greater opportunities for exhibition of individual prowess afforded by an organization like that of Capt. Street's.  They were nearly all men of determined bravery and resolution -- the very characteristics essential in the warfare upon which they were about to enter.

Following is a partial roster of the company, the best that could be obtained:

Officers

Solomon Street                Captain
J.H. Mauldin                  1st Lt.
Wm. Reed                      2nd Lt.
Elliott Street                3rd Lt.
R.B. Mitchell                 Orderly Serg't

Privates

John Cup       
Ike James
T.J. Grace
Alex Bolling
Wm. Bolling, Sr.
Wm. Bolling, Jr.
--  Hursey
Joseph McIlwain, Sr.
Joseph McIlwain, Jr.
Andy McIlwain
John Clemmer (killed at Neely's)
Luther White (killed at Neely's)
John Keeth
Dan Dean
Andy Dean
John Robinson
James Barnett
Wm. Campbell
James Campbell
Wm. Turner
John Crisp (killed at Neely's)
Wm. Crisp (killed at Alexander's Bridge)
-- Carraway (killed at Alexander's Bridge)
Wm. Morrow (killed at Neely's)
Wm. Roten
Robert Elam
Wesley Davenport
Luke Hopkins
Cal Hopkins
Wm. Hopkins
Jessee Barton
Joe Hovis
James Moody (killed at Neely's)
James Stewart
Wood Tudor
Pete Burns
George Yopp
Wash Tipler
J.Q. Quinn
Jack Parks
M.T.B. Cutbirth
Jack Tudor
John Kesterson
Wm. Reeves
Allen Reed
Wm. Street
Tom Shay
J.K. Robinson
J.A. Ford
William Paul
Berry Smith
Ed Sanders
Bit Fowler
Albert Fowler
Newt Clark
Andy Erwood
Elbert Welty
Sam Readferin
Tom Smith
D(uval?) Park
A.J. Park
John Park
John L. Rutherford
Daniel Street
James Reed

Some of the men were with Capt. Street's company for only a short time while others served continuously as long as the command held together.  No doubt several names have been obmitted, as the writer had to depend solely on the memory of surviving members.

Next week we will begin the publication of such exploits of the company as we have been able to gather.
 

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