Stories of the 42nd Alabama Infantry Part2

Bobby 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."

Allen 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.

Martha Grimes Lampkin offers this information about her ggg grandfather: My ggg grandfather, John 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 Company C.
Thank you.
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..."
Hatchie’s Bridge
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...." 

Sam 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.

DeCody 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:

DeCody also has information about B.J. Boon of Co. B, Lane Guards, 2nd Regiment, Alabama Volunteers.

[email protected] 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.

[email protected] 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
Alabama Infantry.

On Sabbath morning, May 15, 1864, he preached to the entire Baker's Brigade while standing in line of battle. This was
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."

Ellis Darby is interested in finding more information about Co. B's activities. His gggrandfather was Joseph E. Woolfolk who served in that company.


I found your site very interesting,however I could not locate my relative's name, Lucius Cissero White. I have a copy of his "soldier' s
pension claim" giving his unit as Company A, regiment 42nd, of the state of Alabama.He enlisted at Dalton , Georgia as a private in March
1863. Can you share with me any other information that you may find?
Thank you, with much respect.
John D. Clark ,

I am interested in information on my gggrandfather, Joseph A. Mabry, who was in Company B, Muester
(muster?). Paroled out in Vicksburg. We know he was born in SC in 1833 and married Ellen Cowsert and my ggrandfather
was born in 1869. (This is a dead end because these grandfathers were reportedly native blood and tracing that is near
impossible if they weren't on Dawes or other rolls. We have traced Joseph to the Civil War, AL 42nd infantry, Muester
(muster?) Company B
, thanks to people on the message boards. His son, John H., died so young in a land marker dispute
in Guthrie, OK and he was my ggrandfather , leaving my grandmother, Iva, at 3 months old, and my ggrandmother alone. My family is open to any leads, native or not.
I finally got records from the Nat'l Archives: Joseph Mabry was captured at Lookout Mt, Tenn in Nov. 1863 and sent to Rock Island prison. Released in June 1865. Most grateful for any info. Thanks.

Vanessa Kierce Burzynski sent a photograph of her ancestor 2nd Lt. George W. Kierce of Co. E (Kierce's Company). Lt. Kierce was born 20 August 1836 and died 24 May 1918.
The photograph has been placed in the gallery.

Rebecca Lucas wrote about two ancestors: "I would like to be linked to two relatives in Co K: 4th Sgt. H.E. Riggs (Henderson Eli) and Levi Northington. There are both maternal and paternal relatives. Martha Northington and William Eli Riggs married, had 10 children, one of whom was my grandmother. Thanks."

Rex Shelton Bull wrote about many possible connections to the 42nd while researching his ancestors from Marion Co., AL: "...My ggrandfather, Matthew Downs Shelton, 26th Infantry, Co. B, served with my ggrandmother's brother, B.W. Burroughs. Steve Burroughs listed with the the 42nd, Co. K, was also my ggrandmother's brother. These 3 are buried in a small family cemetery near Detroit, AL, along with my ggrandmother and grandfather. I have been there and taken picutres of the markers. I'll try to scan them and send them to you ....I noticed also that a J.A. Burroughs and a T.S. Burroughs are listed on the roster. Wondering if these were also related. My gggrandmother, mother of Matthew Downs Shelton, was a Downs. I haven't been able to locate any information on any of the Downs. Noticed a Joseph Downs listed in the roster. Also my ggrandfather was Thomas Washington Carpenter. He moved from Newan, GA sometime following the Civil War to Marion County, AL. There's a Thomas Carpenter listed on the roster whom I believe may have been one of his sons. Any information anyone may have on any of these men would be appreciated."

Alan Roberson Caton served in Company E as a male nurse. His gggrandson, Bill Caton, would like to get a list of those who served with him and some history on the 42nd. He has also posted a note on the 42nd Club site.

Quinn Elliott wrote the following: ...I am looking for any/all information on James M. Elliott, Company B.   Am attempting to find out if he is an ancestor.  My folks came from Alabama to Florida some back to Alabama.  Other Elliott relatives served in 1st Florida Infantry and 15th Alabama Cavalry (both Great Uncles).
(Go to Headstones Gallery to see a photograph of J. M. Elliott's burial site at Resaca.)

From Kathryn Weatherford : .....My grandfather Parker had two brothers killed in the Civil War.  I have always been told they were killed near Atlanta.  One (A. E. Parker) is on the 42nd list but the other is not.  His name was Stephen Decatur Parker.  I have always assumed they were together.  Family records are as follows: Asa Elbert Parker died 6-25-1863 age 19 Stephen Decatur Parker died 1-10-1862 age 16   They lived in Monroe County, AL at the time they enlisted.  How do I find records of their enlistment, where they were killed and where they were buried - were the graves marked?

Lynne Anderson sent the following: "My grandfather Madison Holder served in C Company from Monroe County. He was captured and paroled at Vicksburg, wounded, captured at Lookout Mountain and imprisoned at Rock Island. James Madison "Matt" Holder (parents James Holder and Hester Elizabeth Helms) was born in 1831 in Wilcox County. His land was at McWilliams just down from Pineapple and east of Camden. We have a copy of his parole and discharge papers.
Family tradition tells the story that he was the last prisoner lto leave Rock Island Prison, supposedly closing the gate as he left. It was reported he lost his leg either in the prison or shortly after he got back home. His wife, Althea, watchful for marauders, saw the stranger coming to her gate and had the rifle aimed at the stranger's chest. Matt's dog was in the yard. He cared for no one but Matt. He let the wife care for him but he was Matt's dog. In the years that had passed, he had waited for Matt to come home. As the wife took aim, the dog leaped into the arms of the man coming through the gate. The wife fainted. It would be nice to continue the story with a happy ending. But Matt was killed in 1869 in an explosion at a local sawmill in Wilcox County, AL near Caldonia. I would just like to find out if anyone has records of CSA stones applied for and if Madison is on that record. Thanks."

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A descendant of I.M. Sims sent the following letter that Ignatious M. Sims of Co. G in Bowling, MS wrote before his death:
"I enlisted at Bolden, Miss. a few days before the Battle of Corinth. There we fought three days, driving them back about three miles. My captain in this battle was Elic Knox from Talladega, Al. He was killed, then came Andy Ritch as captain. The first bombshell I ever heard cut off Lt. Slagsdale's head. They shot chains with balls on each end, every man on each side of me for ten or 15 feet, we had to give back.
At Pocahontas we were captured, went to Bolaner, Tenn., stayed there 11 days, was then sent to Jackson, Miss. to Parole Camp until exchanged. Then we went to Vicksburg, and fought there 47 days. There they blew us up with dynamite, but we did not let them in. They tried to roll bails of cotton in front of them to get to us but could not come in. We ate cowpeas for bread, mule meat, rats, and some dog pups. My health gave down at the close of this siege and the boys left me in Vicksburg to go dead.

After a struggle I reached home, after staying home sixty days I went to Demopolis, Al to the parole camps. From Demopolis I went to Chickanauga where Boland was shot, then to Lookout Mountain, there we opened the fight. Then Missionary Ridge, Ringold, Rocky Face, Dalton, Resaca, Adairsville, Cassville, New Hope, Dallas, Picketts Mill, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and then to Bentonville, N.C.
I first fought under General Pat Price, then Pemberton, Bragg, Joe Johnson, Hood, Brigadier Moore and from then Alford Baker of Eufala, Al. The surrender came about the time we were in Greensborough, N.C. I arrived in Talladega, Al. about June 1st, 1865. My body shows scars fro this. " I.M. Sims was born in Lincoln, AL and died in Ragland, AL.

Drew Comeau is looking for information on Pvt. A.A. McMillan of Co. H. Any helpful information would be helpful. Thank you.

Vanessa Burzynski wishes to add her ancestors to the list of men who served in the 42nd but are not listed on the original muster roll given on the homepage: Pvt. Daniel Kierce, Co. E; 2nd Lt.George W. Kierce, Co. E; and Pvt. George Hinote, Co. E. According to the copies she has of their Civil War papers, George Kierce was taken prisoner at the Siege at Vicksburg on 4 July 1863. She has copies of their signed sworn statements dated 10 July 1863. Daniel and George W. Kierce were members of Capt. Brady's Company, Alabama Volunteers. They both joined forces on 31 March 1862. Daniel joined on 1 April 1862. They were from Andalusia, Covington Co., AL. According to the AL Dept. of Archives and History, George Kierce had his own company of reserves called Kierce's Company, for Covington Co.

 Steve Johnson wrote the following: I am looking for info on my ggggrandfather George Washington Jaggears/Jagears/Jaggers of Co. K.  He spelled it 3 ways.  He was in the 42nd Alabama and was captured at Vicksburg.  Would you have any info on him or a picture?  Any help would be much appreciated.  Thanks.
Allison Bartsch writes: Colonel John Wesley Portis was my  ggggrandfather.  I was very interested to see the photo you posted of him, as my family has none.  I have already emailed the woman who posted his military synopsis for information. Any information you could share or suggestion for investigation would be very much appreciated....Thanks so much. 

Jean Linhart would like information on J.B. Banister and Littleton Sandlin of Co. F. Thanks.
Her address is 523 Burroughs, Collinsville, Illinois 62234 FAX: 1 618 344 6346

Dana Hoeflein is the gggrandaughter of Morgan A. Bright and she wrote the following: Pvt. Bright was in Co. G. I have copies of his MSR which show he enlisted at Talladega on Sept. 4-15, 186? for a period of "three years of the war." "Morgan Bright, pvt., Co. G., 42 Reg't, Ala. Inf." is listed as wounded on a "report of killed, wounded and missing of the 42nd Reg't, Ala., Moore's Brigade, in the battle of Corinth, Miss., Oct. 3 to 5, 1862. Report dated camp at Lumpkins Mill Oct. 14, 1862.." Also, "while in discharge of his duty on the __ of October 1862, at Corinth in the State of Miss {he} was severely wounded in right side with a piece of shell." He appears "absent" on a muster roll for Sept - Oct, 1862 with remark: "Paroled prisoner taken at (something I can't read)." He also "appears on a list of enlisted soldiers and officers paroled at Bolivar, Tennessee, Oct. 13, 1862." The records also show he was captured and paroled at Vicksburg, Miss. July 4, 1863. He did sign the oath on July 10, 1863, and I have a copy. At the end of the war, he had re-enlisted with Co. H of the 37th Ala. and appears "present" on a muster roll of men paroled at Greensboro, NC May 1, 1865. I do not know what he did between July 1863 and 1865.

Danny 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. Thank you

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:

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 FamilyJohn 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. )

He was never captured by the Union forces according to his pension application. His Company was defeated at Vicksburg and surrendered on July 4, 1863. The Confederates still alive at the surrender signed a loyalty oath
(stating that they would never again bear arms against the United States unless duly exchanged) and were released. It is not known if William B. Boyett was back with his outfit at the Vicksburg surrender or not. In any event, the unit was reorganized soon after the surrender and at some point, Boyett rejoined. They were engaged at the Siege of Chattanooga in September-November, 1863. He was later wounded in the Battle of Atlanta on
Peach Tree Creek on July 22, 1864. He was shot through both legs above the knees and the left leg was fractured by the bullet. He was sent to the hospital in Macon, Ga. and from there was given a furlough home. Gangrene set in after he returned home which left him crippled. He remained on furlough until the war was ended and he was paroled at Montgomery, AL on June 19, 1865. He and his widow received a Confederate pension from the state of Florida, file number A03669. He received $100 per year in 1907 increasing to $150 per year in 1910. His widow received $120 per year after his death in 1910. William B. Boyett is buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, DeFuniak Springs, Walton County, FL and has a headstone with the inscription:
William B. Boyett, Company E, 42nd Alabama Infantry, CSA

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 Corinth.

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.

Richard Sinyard has located a book that details information about the death and burial of some men of the 42nd who died during the war: "Hudson Hines of Co. H, buried at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, died in a hospital or on the way. Atlanta had many hospitals during the war. J. Paulk of Co. E also died in a hospital in Griffen, Georgia and is buried in Stonewall Confederate Cemetery in Griffen. J. H. Jordan of Co. C died in a hospital in Lagrange, Georgia and also is buried in Stonewall Confederate Cemetery.Thomas M. Fore of Co. K is buried in Lexington Cemetery, Kentucky. R.G. Harris of Co. K is buried in Mound City National Cemetery, Illinois.

I received this note from Joseph Earnest: "I am a descendant of G.M. Earnest and recently I obtained a bronze plaque and placed it on his grave in Fayette Co., AL. In the Center Star Cemetery in Mantachie, Mississippi is a grave of a John Jones, Co. K (1842-1886). G.M. Earnest was captured at Vicksburg, exchanged and was in Johnson's Army of the Carolinas, fought at Bentonville, and got to walk home."

Ted Mickus wrote to say he recently visited Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida and found the headstone of Pvt. Thomas Mobley of Co. D. He said,"....I found it kind of sad that the headstone was just leaning against a tree, and probably not even in the spot where Pvt. Mobley is buried.I would gladly put it in the spot it should be in and cement it down if I only knew where the site of the grave is, but nobody may know that anymore. Iwould find a spot and re-erect the stone if that would be proper. It doesn't seem fitting somehow just to lean against a tree....I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows about the cemetery and/or Thomas Mobley. The cemetery hasn't been used since 1909...." (I recently posted a query on the Sumter Co., FL site of the USGenWeb Project asking to hear from descendants of Pvt. Mobley and others who might know about the cemetery. I'll post any responses I receive. Peg Price)

Jason Lewis sent information regarding several men of Co. K and where they are buried. Included in this group are his gggrandfather, 2nd Lt. Andrew Jackson Northington, buried at Wesly Chapel in Lamar Co., AL; his gggrandfather, John B. Lewis, buried at Carter Cemetery in Marion Co., AL; his 4 grandfather Thomas Isaac Jeffreys, buried at Shelton Cemetery in Marion Co., AL. Two other men who served with Co. K were Malden L. Harris, buried at James Creek Cemetery in Ittawamba Co., MS and George A. Stone, buried at Shottsville Cemetery in Marion Co., AL. Jason says all the men made it through the war and all of them have Confederate markers.

Deborah Gabriel wrote this about her ancestor, Elijah Gabriel: "My ggrandfather, Elijah Gabriel was a private from Randolph Co., AL but after reorganization he was placed in Co. K. His records were obtained from the National Archives and the Alabama Archives and History Dept. He was taken prisoner at Resaca, GA on 16 May 1864. He was eventually sent to Camp Douglas, Chicago, IL, and Elijah Gabriel's name is on a report of prisoners who died at Camp Douglas on 17 Dec 1864. His name is on a list of Confederate POW's buried in the Confederate Mound at 0ak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, IL."

Jerry C. Brewer sent a letter written by his ggrandfather, Peyton G. Brewer: "The following letter was written by my ggrandfather, Peyton G. Brewer to my ggrandmother. Most of it is faded and difficult to read, but I gleaned the following and reproduce here as it was written: 'P.G. Brewer, The State of Miss Lownds County July 29, 186? Dear Companion I take this oppertunity to let you know how I am. i am much like I was when you came down. I want to see you all again and I hope to see you shortley. Tell the boys I want to see them...I expect our redgment will be moved. I don't no whear to.'

This letter was evidently written from some camp in Lowndes County, MS. If anyone was information about where the 42nd may have been, please let me know. He was mustered into service in May 1862, so this was probably written in 1862. The year is unclear in the letter." (Jerry C. Brewer, 308 S. Oklahoma, Elk City, OK 73644)

Jimmy Jones wrote to say that he has a card abstract from the National Archives that shows his gggrandfather, William C. Jones, joined the company formed by Capt. James T. Brady (this company later became Co. E). This company was considered to be a Conecuh County company but about half of the men came from Covington County. Capt. Brady was from Covington. My gggrandfather died 14 May 1862. I believe that this may have been about 2 days before this company actually became an official Confederate company. However, he was in this company about 2 months before he died of unknown causes, as so many did. He was in the camp of instruction at Columbus, MS when he died. (Jimmy W. Jones, 1006 E. University Drive, Auburn, AL 36830)

On "Antiques Roadshow" filmed in Los Angeles and shown on PBS on 8 Feb 1999, a man showed a cedar wood canteen with the name A. Hill, 42nd Ala CSA engraved on it. An auction value of $6000 was placed on it and I don't recall the owner saying it was his ancestor's. He said it was a gift from his father. In checking the original muster roll, I found Isaac A. Hill and I wonder if he is the owner of this canteen??? I've not heard from anyone looking for Hills but thought I' d post this just in case. Peg

Don King is seeking information on his ggrandfather, J.R. King of Co. F who was captured at the Battle of Lookout Mountain and sent to Rock Island Prison. He would like to know if he was paroled. He did survive the war and was sent home to Winston County, AL and died Sept. 1893 in Monroe Co. Thanks.

Joyce Smith wrote the following about J.D. Lambert of Co. A: "...John appears on a roll of prisoners of war at Nashville, TN....2 Dec 1863. He was captured at Chattanooga on 25 Nov 1863 and sent to Louisville on 3 Dec 1863. He was then transferred to Rock Island Barracks, IL and is listed on the log as being confined on 5 Dec 1863. John Lambert died at Rock Island on 12 Jan 1864 and is buried in Grave #180, south of prison barracks in Rock Island Military Prison. Source: National Archives...."

Ron Lawhon is searching for information about 1st Lt. John Lawhon of Co. K. He would appreciate hearing from anyone who has more information. Visit his homepage to read more about the Lawhons.

From [email protected] comes this note: "...My ggrandfather's two brothers were officers in the 42nd. Capt. C.F. Condrey and Lt. Thomas Condrey were leaders of Co. K. The research I have done shows that apparently Capt. C. F. Condrey was forced to resign some time later because of the wounds received at the Battle of Corinth, although his wife stated in her application for pension from Mississippi that he served for the duration of the war. The one I'm most interested in is Thomas. He served first with a Mississippi unit and only joined the 42nd later, which is why he is not listed in the original muster roll. A later muster roll, on March 25, 1865, lists him as killed. This is what I need to know about. Family tradition says he was taken prisoner and shot on the final day of the war. This is not possible if he was dead already on 25 March. Thanks for any additional information on Thomas.

Chris Mahan wrote to say he have the soldier's application for the pension of J. B. Ezell #26889. It says J. B. was enlisted for over 3 yrs. and that he served in Co. E. At the close of the war he was at Columbus, GA in the Confederate hospital, then known as Lee Hospital, after being wounded at Dalton, GA.

Dale Grissom sent the following about his ancestor: "Jacob Riley Parker served in Co. B under Capt. R.T. Best and Lt.(later Capt.) Robert Kershaw Wells. Jacob Parker's name can be found on only one record, that being the muster roll taken at Olney, Pickens Co., AL. He enlisted there at Olney. We do know, however, that he was at Corinth, MS in May of 1862. He wrote to his wife, Amanda Wells, from Corinth on 13 May and 22 May of that year. These letters are family treasures. In his letter of the 13th he directs his wife to post letters to him in care of Capt. R. T. Best of the 17th AL. This is something of a puzzle to me, as neither Parker nor Best were in the 17th. If anyone can provide an answer as to why he would request his mail to go there, it would be appreciated.

Lt. Robert Kershaw Wells was Jacob R. Parker's brother-in-law, as was the Columbus Wells listed on the information page. Robert and Columbus were captured at Vicksburg and paroled. Columbus died as a POW and is buried near Chicago. Robert Wells was made Capt. and died as commander of the Company (after the death of Capt. Best), at the Battle of Atlanta. Some family researchers say it was actually at Ezra Church as there are conflicting accounts and records. Capt. R.K. Wells was a graduate of the U. of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and was a teacher prior to the war. He was Lt. in the Lane Guards before its incorporation into the 42nd. The Benjamin F. Wells on the rolls of the Lane Guards was a younger brother of Capt. Wells. Benjamin survived the war. An older brother, George T. Wells, who served in another unit, also survived the wars. Their brother, William H. Wells, was also a participant in the war and survived it.
The biggest mystery is what happened to Jacob R. Parker. According to family lore, he served throughout the war, walked all the way home and died shortly afterward. One story says that when approaching his home in Pickens Co., he saw a slave, or former slave, working in a field near his house. He called to him and told him to go to the house and bring him clean clothing and water to wash with, then sat beneath a big tree to wait. He died shortly thereafter, according to the story. But, was this sometime during the war? Or, afterward? To date, no one has found additional records for J. R. Parker. And, if the story was true, his grave has been lost.
If anyone whose ancestors were in the same company have ever come across anything in an old letter, or a record, concerning Jacob R. Parker, I'd be very interested.
I'm descended from his youngest son, Caiphus Parker, who was born in 1861. Amanda Wells Parker moved her family to Phillips Co., Arkansas in the 1870's, then to Leon Co., TX in the 1890's. It is known, though, that at some time prior to her death in 1909, she traveled back to visit her brothers and other kin in Pickens Co. At that time her picture was taken standing in what could be a cemetery. I believe she made a sentimental journey home to see the graves of her husband and a child which are buried at the Wells Family Cemetery. Any information concerningJacob's grave would be of great interest.

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