Soldier Biographies

Soldier Biographies

Thomas Crow
Another old Confederate veteran has answered the last roll call, and has gone to his reward.
Thomas Crow passed peacefully away at his home near Thrasher Saturday morning, 22 October 1927 and was laid to rest on the following day.
For four years he fought in the Civil War in defense of what he thought and knew to be right. Those who know say he made a loyal soldier. The writer has known him for forty years and always found him on the right side of all moral and religious questions.
He possessed but little of this world's goods, but early in life he sought and found the one thing needful and lived up to it all these years. He was an acceptable member of the Methodist Church and his object in life was to do good.
One by one they go, and soon the old heroes of the Confederacy will be no more. True, brave men are these old soldiers, and we love them. May God's richest blessings rest upon those living for the remainder of their lives, and when the end comes may it come as the showers of April, and may they fall asleep in the arms of Jesus.
Written by H.W. Rees

SOURCE: The Booneville Independent 4 November 1927

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R. D. Mayo

Another gallant old Confederate Soldier, R.D. Mayo, who was born 11 September 1844, in Butts County, Georgia. He enlisted there at the age of 17, in Co I, 14th Georgia Regiment. He was sent to Atlanta/ later to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he became a soldier under General Joseph E. Johnston, in 1861. He was in the Battle of Seven Pines, then in the Friday's fight around Richmond, where Gen. Johnston was wounded; Robert E. Lee then became General. Mr. Mayo was then transferred to the Shenandoah Valley campaign, with Stonewall Jackson in command. He was in the Battles of Fredericksburg and Second Manassas, where the Union Army surrounded Jackson's army. This was one of the closest fights in the war, only the length of a cross-tie seperated the combatants. From there to Sharpsburg, where Gen. Gordon was wounded, to Gettysburg, Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania CourtHouse. At the latter place the enemy blew up their breast1w works and Mr. Mayo was slightly wounded twice. He was sent home on a sick furlough from Petersburg and never returned to service being discharged in 1865.
In the wounds received one ball cut the skin under the right arm, and the other passed through his coat and a cartridge belt, pressing his shirt into the skin just below the collarbone. At Spotsylvania he captured 11 yankees single handed. After the death of Jackson he transfered to the command of Gen. A.P. Hill.
Since the war he has been in 16 different states and has been married twice. He has lived in and around Paden since 1922. He is now making his home with his niece and her husband, Mr & Mrs W.P. Shackelford, near Burton. He was a brave soldier and has made a good citizen.

SOURCE: The Booneville Independent 23 August 1929

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Another Noble Warrior Who Fought For the South

Mr. Nunley is one of the few Confederate Veterans that are still with us. He was born at Warrenton, Marshall County, Alabama 25 May 1839 and at an early date moved to Mississippi, and later to Prentiss County.
At the age of 20 or 21, he volunteered to the army and served through the full struggle. Some of the engagements that he took part in were as follows: Manassas, Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga, Stone River and numerious other skirmishes, one being at Corinth, sometimes spoken of as the Battle of Corinth and Iuka.He would have been in the Battle of Shiloh had he not been at home in bed during the battle.
He tells some very interesting stories, and tells of several of his experiences , one being in Tennessee, where the Memphis and Charleston, or a smaller road, crossed the river, he and a very few were captured, and the bridge was cut, he and the engineer, who had been running one of the trains was ordered to push a number of cars which were loaded with supplies and equip-ment for the Confederates into the river. The engine being headed in the opposite direction, the signal was given k~ecretly and these few brave men ran the engine away from the place back into the Confederate lines, and this Southern engine, named General, was exhibited at the World's Fair at St. Louis. This same engine is now permanently on exhibit at the railway Station in Chattanooga. He enjoys telling this story for he was the fireman on that engine for quite awhile.
Another time his regiment consisting of 1163 men, went into battle early one morning and mustered out at 3:30 with'63; his to?npany taking another number after that.
He was under the command of Capt. R.L. Looney,Co L 38th Infantry, Right's Brigade, Cheatham's Division, Army of the Tennessee. His division surrendered at Rawleigh, North Carolina but he was in Booneville on a furlough and recieved his parole at home.
Mr. Nunnley had a hard struggle, being one of the pioneers of Booneville, Mississippi. He was reared an orphan, with one brother. He was married to Miss Nancy Sitton of Tishomingo County and to this union two sons were born W.N. Nunley of Boone-ville and J.A. Nunnley of Corinth, Mississippi.

SOURCE: The Booneville Independent 30 March 1928

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Confederate Veteran Answers Last Call

For several months past the Independent has been printing records of our old Confederate Soldiers. We have done this because we felt that it would be a matter of interest to our subscribers, and would also give these old Veterans some pleasure and also because it afforded us an opportunity to show our appreciation of them and the service they rendered the Southland.
Not many weeks ago we printed a sketch of R. P. Reece and his war activities. Mr. Reece was alive then and we feel sure that he enjoyed reading what we said about him. Today we are announcing the death of this splendid Soldier and citizen, which occurred Friday 10 June 1927.
Mr. Reece was born in Cherokee County, Georgia 15 Oct 1845 and was therefore in his 83rd year of life. In 1871 he was united in marriage to Miss Fannie Cannon. Nine children were born to this union - three boys and six girls. He had been a consistant member of the Methodist Church for almost a half century and was active in every movement tending to the advance-ment of Christainity and the betterment of his community mental1v socially and spiritually.
Funeral services were held at Lebanon Church Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. Bro. J.T. Gullett assisted by Bro. B.L. Crawford and Bro. R.W. Evans, the latter his beloved pastor, officiating.
After the funeral the body of this beloved and honored old Confederate was consigned to its final resting place in New Lebanon cemetery, there to rest until revelle is sounded by the Great Commander.

SOURCE: The Booneville Independent 17 June 1927

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Hero of the Sixties Laid to Rest

Louis J. Greene passed quietly into the great beyond Wednesday afternoon, following an illness extending over more than a year. Through service to his country and love for his fellowman he had won the highest respect of all who knew him.
Mr. Green was a native of Old Tishomingo County, having been born 13 October 1843; as he grew into manhood the troublous times of the sixties came to the front and the South began to assemble its manpower in defense of its homes and for the p principles they believed to be right. Early in 1861 Mr. Greene though a mere youth joined a company that was organized at Marietta; they were sent to Iuka and became a part of the 26th Miss Regiment; they were sent to Union City, Tenn., and then to Bowling Green, Ky., where Mr. Greene was taken sick with pn pneumonia; while in the hospital his regiment was sent to Fort Donaldson and captured. After recovery, he returned to Mississippi and became a member of Co K 32nd Miss Regiment and followed the Confederate Army all through the Virginia Campaign. He was slightly wounded a time or two and came near being killed when his canteen deflected a bullet from near his heart.
At the close of the war, he returned home and helped pick up the threads and re-establish government in Mississippi. He made a good soldier and then made a wonderful record as a citizen helping to build the country that we now have. He always took an active interest in things that went for the betterment of living conditions on 13 November 1872, he was united in marriage to Miss Sallie Davenport and to this union ten children were born, of whom eight survive. He was a member of the Methodist Church and loved its teachings. He had been a member of the Booneville Masonic Lodge No. 305 for more than half a century, being its oldest member, both in age and length of membership. He was a true Mason in all the Masonic teachings mean.

The funeral was held from the residence at 2:30 Thursday afternoon and was one of the most largely attended home funerals ever held in Booneville. The services were in Charge of Bro. J.V. Bennett, pastor of the Methodist Church. took charge
At the conclusion of the services the Masons and conveyed the body to the Booneville Cemetery where it was laid to rest with the burial rites of the Masonic Lodge. The pallbearers were his grandson, grandsons-in-law and nephew, Edward Green of Hendersont Tenn.; C.E. Herring of Booneville; W.L. Almon of Florence; Charles Nance of Florence; Mr. Perkins of Corinth and Shelby Davenport of Chicago.
He is survived by his devoted companion, five sons, Robert of Booneville, Tobe of Baldwyn and James and Porter of Corinth an and Gordon of California and three daughters, Mrs. Tom Hamm of Corinth, Mrs. Almon of  Florence, Alabama and Mrs. Mary Glover of Washington, D.C.

SOURCE: The Booneville Independent 3 June 1932

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Memorial Resolutions

Whereas our dearly beloved departed brother, E.E. Blythe, has been called from labors among us to be raised to the sub-lime real above;
Be recieved by Booneville Lodge No. 305 F & AM that we bow with submission to the will of our creator whom we know doeth all things well; and altho our hearts are sore and a link has been removed from our chain, we must endure; and that we keep alive and as green as the evergreen in our minds and hearts the memory of our dear "Uncle Lige", remembering his loveable disposition and noble character.

W. G. Anderson
Hill Hodges
R L Long

SOURCE: Booneville Independent 3 December 1926

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