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We would like to dedicate this page to our Van Zandt County Civil War veterans. If you would like to share a photo of your Confederate veteran ancestor, please contact Sibyl and we will be very happy to place your photo along with brief family information on this page. Both Confederate and Union information is welcome.


Monroe Stanford

Submitted by B.J. Sandifer


My great, great grandfather was Monroe Stanford. He was born in Duplin Co., NC in 1834. He moved to Ben Wheeler, Van Zandt Co., TX after the Civil War where he became a farmer. Here is his military service survey.

Monroe Stanford

Dates of Service: 15 MAy 1862 to circa Nov 1864
Branch: Army, Confederate States of America
Rank/Paygrade: Pvt Company G, 39th Alabama Infantry
Sergeant, Co 1, 5th Flordia Cavalry Battalion.
Specialty: Infantry, Cavalry Units: Co. G, 39th Alabama Infantry, Dea's Brigade, Wither's Division, Army of Tennessee, 5th Flordia Cavalry Battalion, Dist of Flordia, Department of SC. GA & FL.
Theater of Operations: Western Theater
Significant Operations: Murfreesboro (Stones River), TN, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Atlanta Campaign, New Hope Church, Kolb's Farm, Peach tree Creek, Ezra Church, Jonesboro, and possibly Franklin TN with the 39th Alabama Infantry, Magnolia and Station Four, FL with the 5th Florida
Cavalry.
Monroe Stanford's pension # 9572


Dr. William J. Stanford

There is also a brother to Monroe that served as an assistant staff surgeon in the Civil War that also moved to Van Zandt Co., after the war. His name was Dr. William J. Stanford. He died in Ben Wheeler as well.
Here is what I have for Dr. William J. Stanford:
Military Service Survey
Dates of Service: 15 May 1862 to circa Nov 1864
Branch: army, Confederate States of America
Rank/Paygrade: Assistant Surgeon, appointed 21 May 1862, 39th Ala
Private, Co 1, 5th Florida Cavalry Battalion
Specialty: Medical Officer, 39th Alabama Infantry
Cavalry trooper
Units: 39th Alabama Infantry, Dea's Brigade, Wither's Division, Army of Tennessee, 5th Florida Cavalry Battalion, Dist of Florida, Dept. of SC, GA & Fl
Theater of Operations: Western Theater
Significant Operations: Murfreesboro (Stones's River), TN, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Atlanta Campagin, New Hope Church, Kolb's Farm, Peach tree Creek, Ezra Church, Jonesboro, and possibly Franklin, TN with the 39th Alabama Infantry. Magnolia and Station Four, Fl with the 5th Florida Cavalry Battalion.

Dr. William J. Stanford was born in Duplin Co., NC in 1836. He graduated with a medical degree from the University of Nashville (now Vanderbilt Univ)
circa 1858. After the Civil War he moved to Van Zandt Co., TX and died in 1911.

The following was taken from the texas State Journal of Medicine Oct 1911 page 181.
"Dr. William J. Stanford of Ben Wheeler, Texas, died June 11th, 1911. He was born in North Carolina, September 3rd, 1834. While a boy he moved with his
parents from North Carolina to Georgia near Macon, from whence a few years later the family moved to Henry county, Alabama. He attended school at Eufaula, Alabama until grown, and then entered the Medical Deptartment, University of Nashville, Nashville, Tenn., from which he graduated in 1858.

"He married Miss Martha J. Guliford, of Quitman Ga, the year of his graduation and located for the practice of medicine at Lawrenceville, Ala., at which place he practiced until 1884, with the exception of four years of
the Civil War, in which he served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army. He resumed practice at home the close of the war, removing in 1884 to Texas, near Ben Wheeler, in Van Zandt County. He practiced general medicine at that point until he retired and removed to Canton, Van Zandt county, taking up resident with his son, Honorable Claude L. Stanford, with whom he lived until his death. Dr. Stanford was the father of 11 children, five of whom are living in Texas, and one in Henry County Alabama.

"He was succesful in his practice and well liked by his neighbors. He was 76 years old at the time of his death."

This information was given to me by my third cousin Robert Epperson who is also a Stanford decendant.


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