Discussion in 'Military and War' started by bdtex, Jul 16, 2015.
When I'm officially retired my plan is to get a small rv and light out .
I was taking a course near by so the instructor gave us a tour.
My ancestor was a private in the Manassas Evergreen guard. 8th Virginia, Company C
They were just to the right of the High water mark over the wall.
They made a 90 degree turn at the wall and he crossed it was shot in the left leg and captured.
The wall surprised me as it is only about 2 ft high.
I don't remember the exact number but only a handful were able to survive unscathed.
He was released and ended up selling cattle in Catharpin Va.
He died some 10 years later from lead poisoning from the bullet still in his leg.
It was a wall, only in the context of who could reload faster. The wall at Fredericksburg was much taller.
Found some more info on my ancestor in old pension records. He died in 1916 and he received a military pension for his Confederate service from 1905 until he died. In 1936,one of his sons applied for a military gravestone. He had to get a letter from the Alabama Pension Commission about his service and pension. I got a copy of it. In it,it states that he was discharged in April 1865. That is the first record I have found of his discharge.
I already had a copy of the Application For Headstone but I hadn't seen the pension records. Apparently,they all had to go to an office to pick up their monthly pension because there are receipt ledgers where they had to sign for them. Saw a few signed by my kin and I printed a coupla them. He made his mark..."X"... on them. He never learned how to write. He got $50 in 1908.
Your fellow Democrats want to erase his existence from history, and they want to burn you for your avatar. How does that make you feel?
The only persons like that that I have encountered and continuously obsess over it are keyboard warriors like you that I have no feelings for at all.
That is so cool.
My guy in the Evergreen guard was like 30 year old private .
I can't pin down if he was captured or not.
Some papers said shot and captured.
Others say shot and taken to a field hospital.
Family history is he was shot in left leg as he stepped over the wall and then captured.
But I do know exactly where it happened.
When I first moved to Colorado, in 1980, I rented a house next to a man named George Thomas. I asked him if he was related to the Union General who was known as The Rock of Chickamauga. He didn't have a clue who I was talking about. I never tried to engage the dumbass in conversation again.
Ordered a photographic print of the regimental flag from the Alabama State Archives for $20 + $1.84 S&H and took it to be custom framed and matted with museum glass. Hanging in my bedroom.
That is so nice, bdtex.
He has been on my mind a lot lately. Might get a chance to go to Alabama in a few weeks and visit his gravesite for the first time. Ordered some grave marker flags from the SCV last night.
A great grandfather of mine, also named Jack, but with a different last name, is alleged, by our self-appointed family historian, to have ridden with Rowdy's Raiders (or Rangers, maybe) in Alabama. He was captured late in the war and survived. That's about all I have to say about that.
Me and him:
Reading a book about Chickamauga in preparation for a trip there in late October. The companies of the 40th Alabama that were there were part of Stone's Battalion, Ector's Brigade. They saw action on the morning of September 19,1863 near Jay's Mill and got chewed up pretty good. The Union troops they faced had artillery and Spencer rifles. Definitely gonna go to where they were this October.
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