Misc. Information

Misc. Information

Information not found in the Archives Film

Clayborn Mayes Coffee

Chaplain, 27th Alabama Infantry

Arthur H. Keller, Quartermaster Sergeant under Dr. D.R. Lindsay, was the father of Helen Keller.

From the Confederate Veteran, March 1897: "In the Battle of New Hope Church the Twenty-Seventh Alabama Regiment was cut to pieces; in fact nearly all killed. I remember that one shell killed twenty-one men - struck the breastworks and scattered the rails." - H. Oneal of Alpine, Texas

At Ft. Donelson, the 27th had 316 men engaged with only 1 man wounded.

Two Companies of "detachments, absentees, convalescents and recruits" of the 27th joined the Mississippi Second Bttn. "beyond Farmington on the Pittsburg Road" after the Second Battallion's engagement at Shiloh. This unit was then designated as the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment, then the 38th Mississippi Infantry Regiment and finally the 45th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. After the parole of the 27th Alabama Infantry from Camp Douglas, Illinois Prison Camp, the original members of the 27th rejoined their unit.

Dr. N.B. Kennedy, Surgeon of the 27th Alabama Infantry, moved to Hillsboro, Texas in 1871. He was born in Sumter County, Alabama in 1837 and died in Hillsboro on August 10, 1897 of heart failure.

W.A. Benham, born in Florence, Alabama, 2/13/1846, moved to Texas in 1869 and died at Will's Point, Texas on 24 February, 1915.

Peter Nunnelley, January 6, 1835 - October 14, 1868, is buried in Cane Creek Cemetery (near Anniston), Calhoun County , Alabama.

W.T. Weaver,born December 15, 1838, died at his birthplace, Rogersville, Alabama, on January 7, 1920, age 83.

Samuel LEEMON, a Private who served in Company H, is incorrectly identified in the archived records as Samuel LAMAN. (Thanks to Debbie Henderson for this correction). Mr. Leemon died at the 4th Street Hospital as a P.O.W. and was survived by his widow, Laura Ann Ray Leemon. Mr. and Mrs. Leemon were married December 26, 1843. Mrs. Leemon raised 7 children alone after Samuel's death. She died July 7, 1907 and is buried at the Flint Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Vinemont, Cullman County, Alabama. Mrs. Leemon received a pension based on her husband's service.

Richard Elliott Payne (3/22/1826-3/25/1900), a Private in Company D, and his wife, Margaret Ann Garrison Payne (9/22/1826-3/12/1914), are buried in the Pine Torch Cemetery in the Bankhead National Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama. Both received pensions from the State of Alabama.

Miles Franklin Wright, Ordnance Sgt. for the 27th, was born 2/24/1839 in Marion County, Alabama and died there 4/17/1912. His wife, Malinda E. Wright recieved a pension based on his service. Mr. Wright is buried in Old Smyrna Cemetery, Barnesville, Marion County, Alabama.

Major Robert Green Wright was born 3/30/1837 in Hardeman County, Tennessee and died 1/7/1907.

William R. Summerhill (10/31/1840 - 9/20/1906) and his wife Elizabeth M. Smith Summerhill are buried at the Macedonia Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Jesse W. Forman was born January 5, 1833. He died in Clay County, Texas on May 16, 1914. Mr. Forman had applied for and received a pension based on his Confederate service.

Doctor Duncan Killen

Company E, 27th Alabama Infantry

William Hightower Thorn recieved a pension based on his service in Company B. He enlisted in December 1861 at Pleasant Site, Alabama and was discharged in September 1862 at Jackson, Mississippi for "disabilities incurred during my service principally in a northern prison. I was not able to reenter the army during the war". This information was provided by Christine Smith.

Blooming Cruse Goodner

Company F, 27th Alabama Infantry

Blooming Cruse GOODNER, Private, Company F, is incorrectly identified in the film as R.C. GOODNER. Mr. Goodner was born August 25, 1844 in Madison County, Alabama and he died January 24, 1923 in Quanah, Texas. He had served as Chaplain of the Roes Camp #661, United Confederate Veterans. Both he and his wife, Elizabeth Russey Goodner, received pensions based on his Confederate service. (Thanks to Jim Willis for the spelling correction and biographical information)

Leonard Green, Jr.and Nelly Karriker Green

Leonard Green, Jr. was born Feb.8, 1819 in Union Co. North Carolina. He married Nelly Karriker March 4, 1839. Mr. Green received a land grant of 640 acres near Lexington, Alabama, where the Green family moved in 1856. Mr. Green was discharged from the Army on November 10, 1862 for medical reasons. He returned to Lexington and built a church on three acres of his land in 1872. He died May 3, 1903 and is buried in the family cemetery near his home. (Thanks to Ken Blanton for this photo and biographical information)

Paul Webb has provided information which clarifies the service of his Great-Granduncle, Jesse N. Webb, Private, Company F: Jesse joined the "Confederate Army Co. F, 27th Alabama Infantry on Dec 24, 1861 Dec 24, 1861 in New Market Ala" at the age of 17 years old. He fought for 2 years until was wounded.
Private Jesse Webb re-enlisted with Co. G, Mead's Confederate Cavalry (Mead's reg't of Partisan Rangers.) on Oct 1, 1864 in Madison Co. Alabama "for the remainder of the war".
Company G, was commanded by Captain W. M. Campbell. Companies A, C, E, F, and G, plus a company being raised by Captain John B. Corn of Hazel Green, made up the 25th Alabama Cavalry Battalion commanded by Lt. Col. Milus "Bushwacker" Johnston.

James Tarpley Bolding was 1st Sergeant of Company B, 27th Alabama Infantry Regiment. He was born 10-15-1841 at Pleasant Site, Franklin County, Alabama; Died 6-23-1907 at Pleasant Site; Buried in Winchester Cemetery, Pleasant Site. Grave has CSA headstone. This information was provided by Glenn Brooks of Oklahoma City, OK.

Joyce McCartney Cameron has provided the following information: I have James M. McCartney of Co. I as dying on August 4, 1963 in New Orleans, LA. He was listed as a Rebel Prisoner of War, signing the oath form less than a month before he died. He was buried in Cypress Grove Cemetery in New Orleans.
Robert McCartney was my great grandfather and James was his brother. Robert C. McCartney died 12 June 1887 and was buried in Mitchell Cemetery near Anderson, Alabama (Lauderdale Co.) The letter "C" does not show up on his cards.

TBradf8950@aol.com has provided this additional information concerning J.D. Bradford. J.D. Bradford listed in this company was my great grandfather. According to his account in the Ala. Limestone county Historical society book, he was captured at Bakers Creek battle and sent to the Maryland federal prison until he was released at the end of the war. He was a 5th sargent. He returned to Limestone County in 1865 after he was released and later married Molly Clem and raised a large family. This contridicts the desertion record. He was well known in Limestone county and even wore his uniform and medals at times according to his obit. in the Athens newspaper the "Limestone county courier". He died 1922.

Modene Knight Thornton has provided the following biographical information on several members of Company C.

BALCOMBE, Allen, Private This person is sometimes referred to as McAllen/Allen Balkum. He married Angelina Boyd, daughter of Joseph Boyd and Priscilla Ezell. Priscilla was a daughter of Lewis Ezell and Nancy Rogers. Lewis was a son of Benjamin and Ann Ezell. Nancy was a daughter of Jonathan and Priscilla Rogers.

COTHRON, W. Monroe, Private; This person was Wiley Monroe Cothran, son of Martha Ezell and Hiram Cothran. Martha was a daughter of Lewis Ezell and Nancy Rogers. Monroe was born October 29, 1843 and died February 14, 1908. He is buried in Siloam Cemetery in Leon County Texas.

EZELL, D.C., Private; This person was David Crockett Ezell, son of David Ezell and Nancy Waters. David Ezell was a son of Lewis Ezell and Nancy Rogers. Nancy Waters was a daughter of George Washington Waters and Nancy Adams. Crockett Ezell was born October 15, 1838 and died July 21, 1921. He is buried in Siloam Cemetery in Leon County Texas.

LINDSAY, Aid, Private; This person was Adron Lindsey, son of Phillip Lindsey and Frankie Sharp. His nephew, Joseph A. Lindsey (son of Adron's brother, Caleb) married Fannie Baucom/Balkum, daughter of McAllen/Allen Balkum/Baucom\Balcombe and Angelina Boyd (mentioned above).

LINDSAY, Andrew J., Private; died 7/19/1863, Ft. Deleware, Del. This person was Andrew Jackson Lindsey, brother to Adron/Aid Lindsey above. Andrew Jackson Lindsey married Nancy Jane Murphy.

LINSEY, Monroe, Private; I have no record on Monroe, however, he is probably related to the above Lindseys.

LOVELACE, Asa, Private; This person married Emily Boyd, sister to Angelina Boyd Balkum and daughter of Joseph Boyd and Priscilla Ezell, mentioned above.

Left to right: top row: Silvester, John, Joseph, Henry (all Confederate
soldiers) and David (he was too young for the War.)
Left to right: bottom row: Nancy, Sallie, Tennessee.

Seven sons of David Adams, of Bumpas Creek, Lauderdale Co., AL. were of the age called upon to serve the Confederacy during the War between the States, and they proudly answered the call. Serving were: Silvester, John H., Josephus, Ruben, Elisha, and Henry. Henry served all four years in the 27th Ala. Infantry and saw considerable action. Elisha was a 2nd Lt. in the 27th Tx. Cavalry and was captured in 1863. Joseph enlisted in the 1 Ark Infantry. Ruben and John were members of Kitchen's Ark. Cavalry. Silvester served with the Missouri 8th Cavalry. It is believed that Silvester, Ruben and John participated in Price's raid into Missouri. Silvester's son, William Case, also served in the 8 Mo. Cav. James was also of the age to serve but his service records have not yet been found. All six that served lived to raise large families and to be pillars of their communities. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Dee Burr at searcher@yournet.com.

Jean Malone provides the following information on Andrew Jackson Malone and John Wesley Malone of Company F.:
A.J. and J.W. were both living in Flintville Tenn when the War came and they walked to New Market AL to enlist in the 27th. John enlisted on 24 Dec 1861 and A.J. on 22 Feb 1862. A.J. became ill or was wounded in Nov of 1862 and was sent to the hospital in Shelbyville, Tenn. He was never well enough to return to the Regt and was discharged. His widow received a pension for his service on 15 Aug 1907. J.W. Malone was also wounded around the time of the battle of Perryville and spent some time in the hospital. He returned to Co F served as a ambulance driver until completely recovered. His service ended when he surrendered at Pond Spring, 15 miles west of Decatur, Alabama on or about 23 Apr 1865. Both brothers returned to Tenn after the war, married and raised families. A.J. died 14 Nov 1897 and J.W. on 24 Jan 1924.

Jeanene Daniels provides the following:
I have noticed that your listing of the Alabama 27th Infantry, Company I includes two men named "Gabriel BUTCHER," a Jr. and a Sr. These men should be listed as Gabriel BUTLER instead. It does say BUTLER on the microfilm; your transcriber must have read it wrong. They were not father and son, but uncle and nephew. Gabriel BUTLER Jr., as he is called in this list, is my ancestor. He was born on July 12, 1840 in Lauderdale County Alabama and married Nancy Elizabeth HERSTON from said county. I have recently had in my possession their family bible. I also have several photographs of them. Although he is listed as a deserter in military records, he always said that he was wounded in the head in a skirmish and left for dead by the Union army. Although it was a nasty wound which almost scalped him, he was able to make his way to a house nearby for help after the Yankees left. He lived with a scar for the rest of his life. He returned to his home, wounded, and never joined back up again before the war was over. He did apply for a pension but was turned down because of the record of desertion that he was unable to get cleared. He died in 1931 and was buried in the Butler Cemetery in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Gail Stadnick provides the following:
John Calvin Green, my great-grandfather, lived near Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He is buried in Glendale Cemetery, Colbert County, Alabama next to his wife, Joann Devaney Phillips Green and near his daughters Maude (my grandmother) and Effie. His grave is marked CSA. He was the father of twelve children: Eliza Jane (Tharp), and Belle (Pilgrim) were his children from his first marriage. He and Joann were parents of Willie, John, Percy, Millard, Herman (Ike), Tracy, Emma (Berry), Ada (Moore), Maude (Wright) and Effie (Reid).

YOAKUM795@aol.com has provided the following:
Gooley F. Fowler, musician for Company H, is buried in the Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Winnsboro, Wood County, in northeast Texas. His CSA marker reads that he lived between 1845 - 1908.

Bill N. McCarty provides the following:
According to my Grandmother; my Grandfather James Wesley McCarty served in the 27th, and was killed in the last year of the war while lighting his pipe. His rifle was returned to the family; but has since been lost. James was born in Al. about 1828, and live in Choctaw county in 1860; md. Harriet Oliva Nelson in Choctaw Co. in May 1850. Ala. archives can not find his war records, nor can find the National archives.

James H. Jerkins provided this:
My great great grandfather Richard S. Jerkins joined the 27th Al. at Abbeville, Al.On May 5, 1863, and was discharged in May 1865 in Waynesboro, NC. The following is a list of men from Slocomb township that joined with him. Henry W. Jackson, born in Abbeville, Al.
James R. Clark, Cowden,S.C.
Hughy Grayson, Jasper Co. Ms.
William M. Fortson, Elbert Co. Ga.
James W. Bolin, Geneva, Al.
John W. Hamby,Stewart Co. Ga.
John Joseph Sellers, Dale Co. Al.
Joseph S. Tew, Barbour Co.
William M. Weed, Abbeville, SC

Lynette (Weaver) Yancey provided this information:
Private N. Basham of the 27th AL Infantry is buried in the Lawrence Cove Cemetery on Pine Burr Road at Eva, AL The N. is for Nathaniel or Nathan.

Richard C. Fulcher has contributed this:
Enjoyed browsing 27th Alabama Infantry confirming names which were included on an original burial list in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Franklin, Williamson County, TN. Recently acquired George W. Cuppett's "Complete List of Officers and Soldiers Interred in McGavock Confederate Cemetery" which is the original list made at the time Mr. Cuppett et al. exhumed the Confederate dead from the burial trenches on the battlefield of Franklin, Tennessee, to reinterr them in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Unfortunately, for years we were led to believe Carrie McGavock's "Book of the Dead buried in McGavock Cemetery" was the original list. Cuppett's original notes clear up hundreds of mistakes in McGavock's book which could not heretofore be explained. For your files, the following 27th Alabama Infantrymen are included in Cuppett's list:
Sgt. Robert C. Williams, Co. H, buried in Section/Grave 74/102.
Pvt. James L. "Jemmie" Johnson, buried in Section/Grave 74/105
Pvt. T. P. Burruss, Co. A, buried in Section/Grave 75/117
Pvt. B. S. ?Byan, Co. H, buried in Section/Grave 74/103. (Name is unclear & cannot find match in Co. H roster.)

Billy H. Wilkes provided this:
William Henry Wilkes. He served in the 27th Inf. from Ala. He enlisted at Moulton Al in '63 and was mustered out in NC in '65. This all the information I have on him. That was enough that the CVS erected a marker for him at Bethel Berry cemetery in Lauderdale County. I do not know what happen to him after the war. A few months after coming from the war he disappeared one night never to be heard from again. I would like to see his name added to the rolls of history.

Brian Hedrick provides the following:
In researching my family history I have turned up an obituary of Samuel S. Anderson, Capt. of Company G. I am pasting the text of it below. Also, he apparently lost an arm during the war as he was known as the "one armed Judge" in Russellville Ala.

Died - At his home, three miles north of Russellvill, in Franklin county (Anderson's Springs) Thursday morning last, June 29th at 8 o'clock. Hin. Sidney S. Anderson aged about thirty seven years. Mr. Anderson was at the time of his death Probate Judge of Franklin County, serving his second term as such officer. He was born one mile east of Russellville and has lived all his years in the county of his birth, where he was well known and universally esteemed for his many nobile qualities of heart and mind. As a man he was strong in his attachments, firm in his convictions and solid in his habits. As an officer he was of stern integrity, firm administrative ability and unwavering in his sense of justice and right. As a husband and father he was kind, affectionate and tenderly loved. He married Miss Clur, of Newburg, whom he leaves a widow with four bright lovely children, and has gone as we hope to meet two little ones who were taken last year to that home beyond in the sky where there will be no more parting where the three together wait the coming of the loved ones left behind.

Deeply do we sympathize with the bereaved wife, parents, children and relatives, in this their great and almost unbearable sorrow. Judge Anderson, when the war's wild echos broke the fraternal relations between the North and South joined his fortunes with those of his native Southland; and as a gallant, chivalrous, and kind Captain in the Twenty Seventh Alabama regiment, went forth to battle for home, fireside, and aided by his daring courage to win the glorious name which will ever belong to that gallant regiment. Requisecal in ?ace


Note, the regimental motto at the end of his obituary is unreadable on my original, handwritten copy. Do you know what it is?

LampMusic@cs.com added this note:
By the way have you seen the picture 2nd Lt. James C. Richardson in his 27th uniform? It's neat. Great Great Grand maw and paw where able to keep the yanks from steeling their horse. It sounds bad, but they put his eyes out. the federals wouldn't take a blind horse. After the war was over Daniel was in Florence and came around the corner and there was a man begging. He said he was an exunion soilder. He was missing a leg and an arm. Great grand paw said well you know I'm an exConfederate myself. Well great grandpaw Daniel reached in his pocket and gave the old yank some money. This shocked the old yank and he said , Why did you do that? Daniel looked at him and said you're one of the few yankees I've ever seen shot up to my specifications. One time during the war it was said that the 27th came up on a sugar cane field and they had not eaten for several days. They were so happy to eat that a few of the boys ate cane and all , not just sucking out the juice. Several died as a result. Henry Alexander's sword is now housed at the Masonic Lodge in Green Hill, Alabama. W.W. Pettus' double barreled shotgun that he went off to war with is still in the Pettus Family. I saw it just the other day. Henry Alexander Killen when on to serve in the Alabama House of Representatives and was a close friend of General Wheeler. I have a great picture of all 6 Killen Brothers that was run in the old Confederate Veteran many years ago.

Kathleen Trahan added this information:
Gabriel Thomas Spruell listed in your documents of the Alabama 27th Inf. as G.T. Spruell was born in Alabama Jan 25, 1848 and died in London Texas May 9, 1906. He is buried in the Little Saline Cemetery and the Historical Soc. has put a Civil War marker on his grave, but they have him as served in the 32nd Ark Inf., but that is wrong and has been pointed out to them. The National Archives search done for us has sent us pay records from the 27th Alabama. He served in the Alabama 27th Inf. Co E. He was 16 in 1864 when the pay records were issued. His wife drew a pension #38034 applied for in 1922 in London Tx.
After the Civil War he moved to Texas and ranched. He married Tennessee Martha Collier July 11, 1875 in McLannan Texas. They had 12 children, only seven of which, lived to adulthood. My Great Grandfather William Thomas Spruell was Gabriel Thomas's oldest son.

Bobby J. Killen has provided this information:
I found on your muster roll of the 27th Alabama Co. E that two of the three Killen brothers were listed incorrectly. My great-great grandfather Doctor Duncan Killen was a corporal. His brother Daniel McDougal Killen was a private. Their other brother Henry Alexander was correct.

Terry W. Fox has supplied this information:
Thanks for putting together this web page. Seems our ancestors may have served together literally side by side. My gggrandfather was Jason Pickelsimer (Pickelsimmer) of Co. D. Do you have any more information on where the troops as prisoners were interred? Family stories say Jason was held in Michigan as well as two other locales.

As a side note, Jason, who would have been about 42 y.o., after his release, apparently served for a time under General Lee's command. His duties were light, mainly preparing ammo and such. Probably not in too good of health after his release. He later served with the 11th AL Cav, Co. D, initially under Col. Jeffrey Forrest in 1864-5. Jason died in OK in 1910.

Beth Bolding Roberson adds:
You list T. J. Bolding as not knowing what company he fought with. He is actually J. T. Bolding. I have a copy of my great grandfathers Confederate Muster Roll for July - December 1863 and at the top left there is the letter B then 27 then Ala. all under the word Confederate. It listed him as being paid last by Capt. Keller (maybe Helen Kellers father?) on two of the muster rolls. His picture is in the book Bloody Banners and Barefoot Boys A history of the 27th regiment oAlabama infantry, CSA by Crowson and Brogden on page 151 where he is listed as Sergeant, Company B, E.

Bob Ford has provided this:
William O.Denson and Thomas C. Ford escaped capture at Donelson by going with Forest riding double. They went to Nashville. They then joined the 12th AL Cav. and rode with Wheeler to the end of the war. Denson never surrendered and was never paroled. Ford was paroled in 1865.

Cissy Price has contributed the following:
This is the information that I have on my gggrandfather, Caswell Price. He was born in Lauderdale Co. on March 1, 1825. He grew up around the Waterloo area. He married Mary Ann (Polly) Adams, daughter of David and Vicey Adams, in December 2, 1849. He was 25 and she was 16. Together they had 10 children. They moved to Craig Co., Arkansas in the early 1880's, but returned to Alabama when the war started. When he joined the 27th Infantry he was about 40 years old. Caswell married for a 2nd time after Polly died around 1870(I believe she died in childbirth). He married a Jane?? from Tn and they had atleast 2 more children. I do not know who his parents are or where he is buried. I do know that his son Josiah(my ggrandfather moved to and married in Tishomingo Co. Miss.

Miles Franklin Wright

Paul Wright has added this information:
Miles F.Wright is not buried at Old Smyrna Cemetery,but is buried in the cemetery in Barnesville, Al. down the road from Old Smyrna. I have picture of both Miles F. Wright and his brother Maj. R.G.(Robert Green) Wright of the 27th AL R.G. Wright is buried in Union Springs, Bullock County, Alabama. He had been a successful citrus business in Florida unil the freeze of 1894 and again in 1896 wiped out his citrus groves. He came down with T.B. about 1905 and died in the hospital in Ocala, Marion County, Florida. I have pictures of both men and Miles with his wife in Marion County, Alabama.

Abernathy captured the 33rd New Jersey's colors at Peachtree Creek on July 20th, 1864. There is a marker there that states that. It is at Tanyard's Branch and the regiment had to advance uphill for about three hundred yards where the flag was taken.

Mike Rogers adds this:
John Willis Branch b.1820 Wake Co. NC. died 1896 Kaufman co. Tx. He married Jane Eliza Cannon b.1825 Wake Co. NC.

Earl Hunt adds:
Based on geneological information from my dad, John H. Hunt may in fact be Joseph H. Hunt.

Charley Franklin Fleming

Ricky Pierce has provided this information concerning his G/G/Grandfather, Charley Franklin Fleming:
He was enlisted on Dec. 16, 1861 in Russellville, Al., and promoted to sergeant on June 6, 1863. He was captured in Russellville, Al. in March 1865 and sent to Camp Chase near Columbus, Ohio. He was discharged in April 1865. He was born July 24, 1837 in Monroe county, Georgia. He moved to Franklin Co., Alabama in 1857. He applied and recieved a pension at the age of 72. He died on Sept. 16, 1923 and is buried in Knights of Pythias Cemetary, in Russellville, Al.

June Pittman has added:
John Long's headstone says Pvt Co C 27 AL Inf CSA. I am a gggranddaughter of John Long. He was born sept 26, 1822 died Nov 30, 1901 buried Wright Cemetery . Wrights Al Lauderdale Co.