Saturday, May 10, 2014

James "Jim" Patton Brownlow.

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James Patton Brownlow.

Birth: Dec. 17, 1842, Tennessee.
Death: Apr. 26, 1879, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.

James was the son of William Ganaway Brownlow and Elizabeth Ann O'Brien.

James married Belle C. Cliffe, daughter of Dr. Daniel B. Cliffe, on 3 Oct 1865 in Wilson, [county], Tennessee.

Burial: Rest Haven Cemetery, Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee.

He was promoted to Full Lt Colonel on 01 Aug 1862, and commissioned an officer in Company C, Tennessee 1st Cavalry Regiment on 01 Apr 1862. Promoted to Full Colonel on 15 Jun 1864. Promoted to Brevet Brig-General on 13 Mar 1865. Mustered out on 11 Apr 1865

From First Tennessee Cavalry Regimental History.

Page 37.  It was while the Fourth Tennessee lay at Camp Morgan and during the sharp and almost continuous picket fighting that Captain Brownlow, of Company C, began to develop such fine soldierly qualities that later on made him famous as a "fighter." The daily picket fighting gave him splendid opportunities and he soon won for himself a brilliant reputation as a brave and determined leader. When the regiment was organized at Flat Lick the office of lieutenant-colonel was left vacant, and up to this position James P. Brownlow, captain of Company C, the youngest captain in the regiment, was promoted.

He was the youngest son of Rev. W. G. Brownlow, of Knoxville, more familiarly known as Parson Brownlow, one of the leading Unionists of East Tennessee and editor and proprietor of Brownlow s Knoxville Whig. Captain Bro \vnlow was just nineteen years old when he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel of the Fourth Tennessee Volunteers. He was tall and well proportioned, with keen, penetrating, gray eyes. He was a soldier of fine ability, full of enterprise, energy and courage. He was never heard to say "Go, boys," but always, "Come on, boys !" Agreeable in his manners and accessible to all, he was strictly honorable in all of his dealings with men and the government.

Page 192-3.  Colonel Brownlow was ordered to move his regiment at once and occupy the hill to the right of our battery and to hold it at all hazards. The regiment was moved to the foot of the hill on the gallop. Here Colonel Brownlow dismounted his regiment and, forming it in line of battle, moved rapidly up the steep and rocky hill. The day was exceedingly hot, so by the time the summit was reached we were  almost exhausted. Wheeler moved his troops forward with equal promptness, so the contending forces met at the crest almost at the same moment.

The firing was severe and began at close range, and in a few minutes the hill was completely enveloped in smoke.  Almost at the first fire, Colonel Brownlow, while gallantly leading his men into the very ranks of the enemy, fell severely wounded, and was borne from the field amid a perfect tempest of bullets. A musket-ball passed through both of his legs, producing a very painful wound a wound that almost proved fatal. He was immediately carried to the rear, where his wounds were dressed, but almost bled to death before the surgeons reached him.

Friday, May 09, 2014

William J. Hardee

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William Joseph Hardee.

Birth: Oct. 12, 1815, Camden County, Georgia.
Death: Nov. 6, 1873, Wytheville, Wythe County, Virginia.

Wife's: Elizabeth Hennery Dummett Hardee (1820 - 1853). Mary Foreman Lewis Hardee (1838 - 1875).

Children: Willie J. Hardee (____ - 1865), Anna Dummett Hardee Chambliss (1846 - 1936), William Joseph Hardee (1847 - 1865)*. Burial: Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Dallas County, Alabama.

Civil War. Civil

War Confederate Lieutenant General. A West Point graduate in 1838, he was a distinguished US Army officer whom served in the Mexican conflicts and was a tactics instructor and commandant of cadets at West Point. At the start of the Civil War, he resigned his commission as Lieutenant Colonel, to serve in the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Appointed first as Colonel of CSA Cavalry, then Brigadier General of the Upper District of Arkansas and promoted Major General commanding the 1st Division, Central Army of Kentucky in December 1861. Known as "Old Reliable", he was promoted Lieutenant General in October 1862 and commanded the Armies of the Department of Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina, until he surrendered his corps on April 26, 1865. After the he became a planter in Alabama.


William J. Habdee. Bom in Savannah, Ga., 1817. Appointed from Georgia, October 7, 1861, to rank from same date; confirmed December 13, 1861; promoted to be Lieutenant General, Provisional Army, October 11, 1862, to rank from October 10, 1862. Died at Wytheville, Va., November 6, 1873.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

William H. Blodgett, 5th., Minnesota Infantry.

William H. Blodgett.

Birth: unknown
Death: unknown

BLODGETT, William H. Pvt. Co. B, 5th Minnesota Infantry Residence not listed; 21 years old. Enlisted on 10 Feb 1862 at Chatfield, Fillmore Co., Minnesota as a Private. On 10 Feb 1862 he mustered into Co. B, 5th Minnesota Infantry. Wounded 18 Aug 1862 at Redwood, Minnesota. He was discharged on 24 Oct 1863 (place not stated). Other information: Born in Wisconsin. No Dates.

Burial: Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California.

Surgeon General Records.

CASE 283. Private W. H. Blodgett, Co. B, 5th Minnesota, aged 18 years, of good habits and strong constitution, was shot by Sioux Indians early in the afternoon of August 18, 1862. After the reception of the wound he walked a distance of twelve miles, to Fort Ridgely, arriving about two o clock A. M., and was admitted into the post hospital. The ball had entered between the first and second floating ribs, eight and one-fourth inches from the linea alba and two inches perpendicularly above the anterior superior spinous process of the left ilium, making an antero-posterior passage through the body six inches long, and escaping near the inferior articular process of the first lumbar vertebra on the same side ; the missile had evidently lacerated the descending colon, near the sigmoid flexure, both in entering and escaping from the body.

During the first two days some fetid gas escaped from the bowels; but after the slough had separated the discharges of faecal matter from both orifices became continuous and very copious, so much so, that the patient had to be put in a separate room and his bedding changed. On the fifth day, a very large number of small living worms (trichorcatns dispar) appeared on each of the wounds from inside the lacerated bowels. These entozoa disappeared after a few fomentations with a dilute solution of chloride of zinc.

The treatment consisted in a strictly liquid and mucilaginous diet, cleanliness, the wearing of a large flannel bandage around the body, an occasional mild cathartic, if needed, and, once, an opiate to stop a slight diarrhoea. The inflammatory symptoms from tin-bowels were light, and lasted but a short time. The wounds were dressed with lint and simple cerate, the edges being occasion ally touched with lunar caustic. As the wounds closed the discharge of faecal matter ceased, and, in four weeks, consisted only of a little mucous matter.

By October 1st, the posterior wound had entirely, the anterior nearly, healed ; the abnormal faecal discharge had entirely ceased. The soldier was able to eat the usual food without any inconvenience, and had regained his strength. Stooping and raising up quickly produced a sensation of heaviness in the abdomen. He was discharged from service October 24, 1862. Acting Assistant Surgeon Alfred Muller reports the case.

A communication from Pension Examiner E. J Kinmsbury, dated June 22, 1867, states that the wound has produced a stricture of the bowels to a certain extent ; also chronic gastro-enteritis and chronic constipation. He is totally disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor. Blodgett was last paid December 4, 1872, his condition remaining unchanged.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Mathew Murrey Dawson.

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Mathew Murrey Dawson.

Birth: Dec. 4, 1825, Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
Death: Jun. 30, 1864.

Parents: Matthew and Nancy Irwin Dawson.

Wife: Rachel B. Burgers Dawson (1827 - 1860).

Burial: Neshannock Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Records.

Math. M. Dawson Lt. Colonel, mustered in August 31, 1861, for 3 years.  Promoted from Captain Company B. to Major, July 12, 1862; to Lt. Colonel, December 30, 1862; died June 30, of wounds received at Petersburg. Va., June 17, 1864; buried in National Cemetery, Arlington

Surgeon General Records.

CASE 1251. Lieutenant-Colonel M. M. Dawson, 100th Pennsylvania, aged 38 years, was wounded at Petersburg, June 17, 1864. Surgeon M. K. Hogan, U. S. V., reported from a Ninth Corps hospital : "A shot wound of the left arm and left side of thorax; the ball extracted, and the patient sent to Washington, June 19, 1864" From Armory Square, Surgeon D. W. Bliss, U. S. V., reported: "A gunshot wound of the left shoulder, with contusion of the right breast. On June 2?th, secondary
haemorrhage occurred to the amount of thirty ounces. The operation of tying the axillary artery was performed. After ligating the proximal extremity, haemorrhage continued. The distal extremity was then secured by tying the brachial. A few hours after, haemorrhage burst out afresh, and finally the patient died."

Francis A. Barnard, 37th Wisconsin Infantry.

Wisconsin State Records.
Francis A. Barnard, Private, enlisted in 37th., Wisconsin infantry, March 28, 1864, promoted to Sergeant, discharged March 8, 1865, due to wounds.
37th., Wisconsin Infantry Regimental History.

Francis A. Barnard, Sergeant, wounded in action June 18, 1864, and discharged March 8, 1865.

Surgeon General Records.

CASE 188. Sergeant F. A. Barnard, Co. A, 37th Wisconsin, aged 25 years, was shot through the body by a conoidal musket ball, at Petersburg, June 18, 1864, the missile entering the right hypochondrium and emerging at the left. He was taken to the Ninth Corps Hospital, and treated by restoratives and simple dressings Surgeon M. K. Hogan, U. S. V., reports the case simply as a "gunshot wound of the abdomen. On July 24th, the sergeant was transferred to the Fairfax Seminary Hospital, where Surgeon D. P. Smith, U. S V., reports the injury as a wound of the left lobe of the liver.

The patient was furloughed December 3d, and on January 6, 1865, transferred to Harvey Hospital, Madison, where Surgeon H. Culbertson, U. S. V reported the case as a gunshot perforation of the abdomen, with wound of the stomach." The wound healed, and the patient was discharged March 8, 1865, and pensioned. Examining Surgeon D.. D. T. Hamlin, M. D , of Elk Horn, Wisconsin, reports, November 22, 1865. the wound as " causing painful respiration, with some contraction of lower part of chest on both sides. Disability one-half and permanent."
Pensioned August 22, 1865.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Charles H. Burdick, First Tennessee Cavalry.

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I have very little information on this gentleman.  If you have any information on him I will be glad to hear from you. All information will be posted here, so others can enjoy it as well.

The picture shows him as he appeared after his release from prison in 1864.

In 1862 he was 23 years. received his pension on October 7, 1897.

He was captured at Lost Mountain, Georgia, June 16, 1864.  Escaped twice from prison, but was recaptured each time.  Died since the close of the war, date is unknown.

William W. Hulbert, 4th, Georgia Infantry, Co. D.

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Doles-Cook Brigade History.
West Point Guards Company D.

Page 126.  HULBERT, WILLIAM W. First Corporal, April 26, 1861. Promoted First Sergeant April 28, 1862; Junior Second Lieutenant July 15, 1862; Second and First Lieutenant 1863. Captured at Spottsylvania, Va., while commanding Sharpshooters of the Fourth Georgia Regiment.

Page 83.  Lieutenant William W. Hulbert went into the army as first corporal in the West Point Guards, and his promotions were rapid and well deserved. Captured at Spottsylvania while in command of the sharpshooters of the Fourth Georgia Regiment. He was one of the six hundred Confederate officers who were placed under fire of our batteries on Morris Island, S. C, afterwards transferred to Fort Pulaski, Ga., and paroled December, 1864.

He was a gallant Confederate soldier, always ready to face any danger or undergo hardships of any character. Colonel Doles, who was in command of Ripley's Brigade, speaks in very complimentary terms of Lieutenant Hulbert's gallantry in action during the seven days' battles around Richmond. There is not a more enthusiastic ex-Confederate in the South, and none that love the Lost Cause more dearly. A reunion without his presence would loose much of its interest to his many admiring friends, for he is the prince of good fellows. He is now an influential citizen of the city of Atlanta, Ga., and holds the responsible position of division superintendent with the Southern Express Company.

Authors note.  If you want to learn more about him and his family take this link.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Joshua Pope Strickland, 4th., Georgia Infantry, Co. A.

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Joshua P. Strickland.

Birth 1833, Georgia.
Death: July 3, 1862, Virginia.

Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond City, Virginia.

History of Doles-Cook Brigade.

STRICKLAND, J. P.  Junior Second Lieutenant April 20, 1801. Promoted Second Lieutenant, December 18, 1801; Captain, April 26, 1802. Killed at Malvern Hill, Va.

Page 84.  Captain J. P. Strickland went to Virginia with his company asjunior second lieutenant; was unanimously elected captain at the expiration of its term of enlistment. He was a model soldier, always at his post ready to respond to every call of duty. In a desperate charge upon Malvern Hill he fell mortally wounded at the head of his company. In his death the regiment lost one of its most promising officers.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Burning of the Creole.

The Creole was on her way from Nachitoches, on Red River, to New Orleans, with a full freight of cotton, and one hundred thousand dollars in specie, consigned to the Exchange Bank of New Orleans. She had, likewise, about one hundred passengers, including several entire families. At an early hour on Monday morning, February 22d, 1841, when the Creole had reached the mouth of Red River, she was discovered to be in flames, which spread with such rapidity as to preclude all hope of saving the vessel.

The engineer and pilot remained at their posts until they were completely surrounded by the flames, and succeeded in running the boat to the nearest bank of the river, before the tiller-ropes were burned off. Unluckily, however, the bank which had been reached was steep and inaccessible ; and the boat, when she struck against it, dislodged a quantity of earth, which fell on her bow, and caused her to bound off from the shore. She then became unmanageable, as the tiller-ropes by this time were consumed. Many of the passengers and crew were rescued by the steamers Baltic and Governor Pratt. The cargo, baggage and specie were all lost. The names of the killed are comprised in the following list :

Killed.  The family of A. B. Church, consisting of two grown daughters, himself and wife, and two colored servants ; D. M. Delmonico, New Jersey; wife of John Abrams, St. Louis ; A. Dutchcr and
daughter, Mobile ; E. Fitch, New Orleans ; A. Barker and wife, Tcnn. ; Miss Snow, of Montgomery, Ala. ; John Floyd, W. Smith, and Edward Young, Miss. ; four colored waiters ; nine firemen, Irish ; a German family, six in number ; besides thirty-one persons who were more or less wounded.