3/12/1998 NOTES From The White County Historical Society Library

White County Historical Society Library
by Charlene Shields!
This article appeared in THE CARMI TIMES
March 12, 1998

This is a continuation of a speech given by Mrs. Chalon Land in 1961

This is a continuation of a speech given by Mrs. Chalon Land in 1961 on the part played by White County men in the Civil War.

"Adam Files was not from Enfield, but I mention him because he was the great-grandfather of Mrs. Otis Dill and one of the first to fall at Shiloh.
William Newby was there.
He was the great-grandfather of Demaris Adams.
He sustained so serious a head wound that he lost his memory and was a wanderer for almost 30 years before he finally found his way home.
"We took flowers to Shiloh for the grave of my grandmother's cousin, Wallace Proudfit.
His captain came after the war to tell the family of Wallace's death.
Both men were wounded, but Wallace managed to crawl down to the pond, which is still there, and fill a hat with water for his captain
. Then he folded his boot under his head for a pillow and died as the sun went down.
Two-thirds of the bodies in the cemetery at Shiloh were unidentified, and we had to place our flowers on a grave marked 'Unknown.'

(At this point Mrs. Land read a lengthy letter from Lt. Cyrus L. Gowdy to his cousin, Mark A. Miller of Enfield.

The letter was from Camp Clear Creek, Miss. dated Sept. 7, 1862, and mentions the following Enfield men stationed there: Joe Miller, the son of Mark A Miller, Elisha Miller, Thomas Orr, Henry and William Jamerson, Henry Gowdy and Jesse Veatch.)

"There were Enfield men who rode with Col. Benjamin Grierson on his famous raid into the heart of the Confederacy.

Its object was to destroy Confederate lines of communication with Vicksburg and to draw Confederate troops from the defense of that city. Richard Nance, the blacksmith from Enfield, and his brothers, Strawder and Jesse, and John Garrett, another Enfield boy in the Sixth Cavalry, rode with Grierson from LaGrange in Tennessee to Baton Rouge in Louisiana, a distance of 600 miles in 16 days.
Before they reached their destination, some of the men were so exhausted they had to have their feet tied beneath their horses to stay in the saddle.
However, the raid was successful. Sherman called it the most brilliant exploit of the war, and Grant took Vicksburg.

"Three men from Enfield were killed in the siege of that city on the Mississippi:
Joseph Miller, the son of Mark A. Miller; Alex Newman, who was married to Catherine Boyer; and Robert M. Fields.
"In 1863, many of the sick and wounded in the Federal forces were taken in the hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Three years ago we visited the old brick-walled cemetery, a burying ground made beautiful with blooming magnolia trees.
There we located the graves of several soldiers with names familiar in Enfield history: Edmund F. Gowdy, who was a communicant at Hopewell Church; Henry M. Gowdy, Samuel Draper, James V. Storey, Sidney Gentry, Joshua Fields and Felix Trousdale."

(To be continued)

(To be continued)

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