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.
Hey, I didn't have to really look up too much about my great great grandfather, my grandad told me all about him.
Pvt. James Winchester Bowyer served in the 4th Virginia Heavy Artillery and then the 34th Virginia Infantry. He is the great-grandfather of Stafford County resident Samba "Sam" Bowyer Lougheed, president of the Virginia Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
He was wounded at the battle of seven pines and was captured at the Battle of Hatcher's Run, Oct. 27, 1864.
Bowyer was sent to prison at Point Lookout, Md., where he languished until exchanged in January 1865.
He went back into the trenches with the brigade, and served until the end of the war, when he surrendered at Appomattox.
Two of James Bowyer's brothers, William and John, also served with the 34th Virginia Infantry, and their father, Thomas, fought for the Confederacy as well.
James returned home to Bedford County and became a farmer. He married Margaret Frances Orange on Feb. 3, 1867, in Bristol, Tenn.; they had nine children. He later applied for and received a pension for his war service. Bowyer lived until Oct. 28, 1929, when he died in Bedford. He was buried near Union Methodist Church in his hometown.
Bedford County Courthouse
Will Book 20, pp375-376
Will of Thomas Bowyer
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas B. Bowyer of Bedford County, Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing memory do hereby make my last Will and Testament:
First, after my death I desire my executor to pay all my just debts. Second, so long as my beloved wife Elizabeth A Boyer remains unmarried after my death, I give and bequeath to her the property upon which we now live including all the stock that may be on the place at my death, all to be managed and controlled for her use and benefit so long as she remains my widow and no longer.
Third, In the event of my wife's marrying again after my death I desire that my executor shall then sell all my property of whatever kind it may be upon the best terms and then divide the proceeds of the sale equally amongst my children then living, or the children of such as may then be dead, the portion going to my daughter Lucinda V. Stanley, wife of James Stanley to be held by my exeutor for the benefit of my said daughter and her children then living.
Fourth, In addition to the share of equality that my son James W. Bowyer is to have of my estate I direct that my executor shall pay him out of my estate five hundred dollars.
Fifth, I hereby appoint Samuel P. Helms(Nelms?) my executor. In testimony whereof I heretofore sign my name and affix my seal this 5th day of April 1862.
Thomas B. Boyer
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence who being together attest this at the request of the testator in the presence of each other,
J. A. Aunspaugh
Separate names with a comma.