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#76 matmil

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 09:06 AM

These are my great, great grandfathers,
Elbert T Reagan (Ragan) 29 Alabama Inf.
J C Bealle 51st Alabama Partisan Rangers
John A. Propes 43 Georgia Inf, he has two possibly three brothers that also fought with the 43 Georgia Inf. "Hall County Light guards"
My great great Uncles
L. Propes, and Richard W, all three enlisted March 10 1862,.

John was appointed 1st Corp in 1862 captured at vicksburg Miss. July 4 1863, paroled there July 6, 1863, Private, nov 1863. Surrendered Greensboro NC April 26, 1865.

I hope you find that interesting !


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#77 ssggates

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 09:14 AM

What a great thread, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through it all.  I will have to contribute to it soon. 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 02:58 PM

Years ago my grandfather told me that my great-grandfather George Washington English fought in the civil war with the confederacy and that he was buried at such and such cemetery in East Texas.  So a number of years later the wife and I were driving across the US on vacation from west coast to east coast and back again and decided to try and locate the cemetery.   We were told to look for a tree stump looking headstone.  We found the cemetery but no George Washington English. There were a number of very old looking unmarked graves sites so I called the telephone number on the gate leading into the cemetery but the person I spoke with did not have a listing of who was buried in this cemetery.   There was a local mortuary in this small town called English's Mortuary so I stopped by to inquire but the current owner could not help me as he bought the place from the previous owner who had the last name of English.  I was about to move on when I decided to call my grandfather on the pay phone as this was before cell phones.  My grandfather told me that he would call me back and a distant relative who I was not familiar with called me to tell me that my grandfather was mistaken and we were in the wrong cemetery.  She gave me the name of the correct cemetery in an adjoining county where they had just buried another relative in their family plot.  So we drove over to this cemetery and sure enough I found these series of tree stump looking headstones (Woodsmen of the World) with George W. English on one of them.  I started taking photographs when my wife told me that there was a confederate headstone with G. W. English on it in another English family plot.  There was a freshly unearthed grave site with a temporary placard which is the relative the lady had mentioned having just buried.  What was ironic is that years and years ago my grandfather was looking at the wrong headstone thinking this other George W. English was his father and I almost did the same thing had it not been for my wife who had wondered off while I was taking pictures.  I wonder what the odds are for something like this to happen.  


There was information on the headstone that told me that George Washington English served with Company G., 11th Missouri Infantry C.S.A.   I had this very old grainy photograph of George W. English which was part of a family photograph and the only known photograph of him.  He is wearing some sort of medal and circular political looking button.  I eventually hired a genealogist living in Arlington Virginia who sent me copies of his service records which told me that he stayed in until the very end which would mean he was eligible for the Daughters of the Confederacy Southern Cross of Honor.  I found out that his second wife, my great-grandmother, was one of the last persons receiving a confederate pension before she died at the age of 100.  So I called the Texas State Library and they sent me copies of their pension records which indicated that George Washington English had attended the 1902 Dallas Texas Confederate Reunion.  He was there to obtained a number of depositions during the reunion from fellow soldiers he had served with which was a requirement for the pension.  With this information I was able to identify the medal and button as having been given out during the reunion.  I eventually found both pieces minus the ribbon along with some other things like an original blank Southern Cross of Honor which I had engraved with his name.  I eventually put together a shadow box to honor his memory.





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Posted 11 September 2017 - 03:46 PM

Tonomachi, excellent!

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:27 PM

Here is my contribution... while it's a distant relative, (3rd cousin removed a few times), it's still interesting.

He was Union General Thomas Williams, killed at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 5, 1862.


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#81 VMI88

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:31 AM

I do have a cow horn carved by N.G.Bradford. N.G. was a Capt. in 26th NC. Wounded at Gettysburg and spent rest of the war as a POW in multiple POW camps. From Dec.1864 to March 1865 he was held at Fort Pulaski Ga. as one of the "Immortal 600". N. G. carved the cow horn while at Fort Pulaski.

Could you please post a picture of the horn? I'd love to see it. I'll bet Fort Pulaski would also like to have a picture for their archives, or even to post on their website.

#82 Noman

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 07:12 AM

Several of my CW relatives...all on the distaff side of the family


just one direct relative Pvt Ziba P Sayre [1813-1879] 4th Regiment ONG



In family papers was a copy of his discharge ...the 4th Reg ONG was federalized as the 134th OVI  the official roster misspelled his name as "George Sayre" although they did get his age right [51] Ziba and his brother-in-law David Moore who was also was abut Ziba age were not allowed on active duty due to age...ironically Ziba son William Moore Sayre Co K 66th OVI wrote his father he was glad Ziba would not have to be on the campaign as he probably could have stand the campaigning. Later William Sayre died of wounds in a skirmish Kenesaw Mountian Ga...[Sorry according to family records no picture taken of William M Sayre]

#83 Noman

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 08:04 AM

Some more CW Relatives






#84 Noman

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 08:28 AM

not my relatives but posting for reference:











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#85 Noman

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 01:38 PM

Not related but links of Interest

pictures of Company F 108th USCT


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Posted 05 February 2018 - 06:23 AM

Bvt Brig Gen/Col William W. Russell (1735-93), his headstone, one of the few Rev War ones at Arlington. Direct maternal blood line.



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Posted 05 February 2018 - 08:42 AM

Charles Cole.  Relative on my mom's side. He was paid $500 to serve in the place of a draftee.


Cole 2nd inf.jpg Cole in 7th inf.jpg


Mom, her sister and 4 brothers all served honorably in WWII so I guess the family atoned.  :)

#88 Robswashashore

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Posted 05 February 2018 - 10:46 AM

I put together a video with the 1/6 figures I made to honor my Great-Great Grandfather and his sons.



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Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:32 AM

My Great-great-Grandfather, Jesse Lestridge Jones.  Enlisted in Company F, 13th Regiment Virginia Volunteers in 1862. Became the 13th Regiment West Virginia when West Virginia became a state in 1863.  Was wounded (left arm) in a skirmish at Opaquin Creek near Winchester, VA on September 19, 1864.  Returned to Company F in November 1864 and mustered out on June 22, 1865 in Wheeling, WV.



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Posted 22 March 2019 - 03:21 PM

I have several Civil War veteran ancestors in my direct family lines.


Among them are my 3rd Gr. Grandfather, Sergeant James B. Rogers and his twin sons Pvt. George W. Rogers and Pvt. Francis M. Rogers shown below in 1862.  They served together in Company G of the 12th Kentucky Infantry.  Family stories handed down state that the twins were captured as were their Confederate Tennessee cousins, another set of family twins.  All survived their captivity.

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 03:32 PM

I put together a video with the 1/6 figures I made to honor my Great-Great Grandfather and his sons.




Well done.


I edited your youtube link so a preview is shown in the post.

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 11:09 PM

  Here is a GG Grand Uncle, Wilford Hayden. M Company 3rd Kentucky Mounted Rifles CSA. He enlisted at 41 years old! He survived the war and is buried in Graves County KY.    Scott

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 05:30 PM

I have never found a CW relative but if 24th_infantry (post # 52) is reading this, in my collection I have Russell Alger's copy of the three volume set of the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Unioin and Confederate Armies; known as the OR's.  I also have a copy of an Illinois Span/Am regimental history that was sent to R.A. Alger when he was the US Secretary of War.  Both came from a Michigan book seller.  I knew Alger's granddaughter's husband and their desendents have a pocket watch presented to Col. Alger by the Michigan Cavalry Brigade.  It has engraved all the CW actions that Alger served at.  With the Custer connection, this watch is probably the most historic item I have ever held in my hand. 


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