Monroe County & the Civil War

Civil War Data: Bledsoe's Battery

“On August 31, 1861, about 31 men left Madison under the command of J.R. Chowning and J.W. Atterbury. Marching to Middle Grove, they joined the forces of the Confederacy under Capt. Frank Davis. Their first actual encounter was at Boonville, where they had a skirmish with the Union forces. They were unsuccessful in capturing the position, but they secured the release of about ten prisoners. J.W. Atterbury Sr. received a wound in his ankle, having to return to his home. 

The other men proceeded to Lexington, where they fought their second encounter. They joined a battery under the command of Capt. Tull, in Springfield, and consolidated with Bledsoe at Mobile, Ala. For the remainder of the time, the battery was in the South. The cannon used by Bledsoe’s battery was called “Old Sacramento.” There was a battle at Paris. The old Glenn Hotel shows the marks of that battle today. 

Some of the men from this section who served in this famous old battery were: J.S. Dunaway, Jack Overfelt, J.R. Chowning, Bill Edwards, Nick and Les Farrell, Joespeh Hersman, Henry Wade, C.A. Overfelt, D.T.C. Mitchell, J.W. Atterbury, Wes McKinney, Jim Elsbery, Ed Lynch, Sam Houchins, C.L. Enochs and G.E. Glenn and Tom Meals. 

As the following men: Joe Boulware, Will Klugh, Simp Dry, Neut Turner, Curt Mitchell, Charles McKinney, Elsea Dry, Bas Botkins, Adolphus Elsberry, and Henry Clay Bryant were returning home, four of their comrades were drowned when “Old Kentucky” their boat, sank on Red River, Louisiana, (June) 9, 1865. The four were: Mac Wilson, William Baker, Ben Houchins, who was the father of Frank, Benney, Eddie and William Houchins, and Mrs. Mary Swindell, and Doc Dry, the grandfather of John Dry. Capt. George Waller fought with Gen. Sterling Price, as did William Farrell.”

Compilation from the files of Neil Block, Commander, William T. Anderson Camp #1743 SCV; transcribed by Lisa Perry. Information extracted from files and newspaper articles to include (1) Excerpt from History of Madison, written in 1948-49 by Mary Humphrey, daughter of Marie Bassett Humphrey; (2)