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WHAT COMMAND WAS IT?
REMINISCENCES FROM MURFREESBORO.
In publishing the following the VETERAN enter
J. E. Manson relates the following vivid story: tains the parties directly interested without motive of conveying the impression that either side designs
A sketch in the June VETERAN by Dr. Hickman discipline in the least.
reminds me of a pathetic incident. Maj. Frank B. Capt. F. S. Harris, Nashville: In reply to inquiry whom he speaks, was carried mortally wounded to
Ward of the Fifteenth Pennsylvania Čalvalry, of from Texas, as to who was the “Spaniard” who brought the Tennesseans "out of the Wilderness in
the house of my father, Dr. J. E. Manson, on the
first day of the battle. Maj. Ward had a brother good order,” May 6, '64, I think it must have been
on the Confederate side, who was in this battle, also; Col. S. G. Shepard, of the Seventh Tennessee. He
and they had been having some amusing correswas in command of that famous old regiment that
pondence, each saying the other would be his primorning, and was just the man for such work
soner. The major lay wounded for several weeks, However, I admit that I was not one of those so
when by a sloughing from the main artery of the brought out. I got out of the Wilderness in quite a
leg, he bled to death. His brother, the Confederdemoralized manner, and just the once from the body of men commanded by the Spaniard," Col. Shepard.
ate, came to see him on the day that he died, and
they held each other by the hand and recited the (Capt. Harris is the author of article in April num- Lord's prayer just before the major expired. A ber about “Sharp-shooting in Lee's Army.")
brother and sister came down from Michigan, and J. K. Miller, Gallatin, Tenn: Well, Old Com
were at his death bed. I was quite a youth, but rerade, there an inquiry in May VETERIN
call it vividly as one of the saddest deathbed scenes I from a Texan, in reference to a Colonel who got out
ever witnessed. Maj. Ward was a very handsome in order" on the morning of May 6th, 64, at the
man, and he bore his suffering with Christian submisbattle of the Wilderness. Col. Shepard, of the
sion. Dr. Hickman is at some fault in his recollecSerenth Tennessee, spent the night with me recent
tions. Maj. Rosengarten was killed instantly, struck ly, and as it was thought he might have been the
on the head by a cannon ball. His remains were left •Spaniard,” I asked him if he was in command and
that night in an ambulance in front of our house. if his men were in order. He said they were, and
The vacated house on Manson pike was that of Mrs. went on to speak of the morning surprise, and that
Gresham, which family was trying to keep inside as he came out the Texans were deploying, and he
of the Confederate lines. This house and the negro passed through their middle. So, you see, he was
quarters in the yard, together with several tents, the man in command of the Tennesseans.
were all used as a hospital for several months. J. K. Cayce, Hammond, Tex., June 14, 1895: THE MEX WHO WORE THE GRAY.
In your May issue you speak of only one command of Heth's division retaining its organization when that division was surprised by Warren's corps
Read to the Charleston Delegation, at Houston at the batte of the Wilderness, and you ask if the
Reunion, by Mrs. Lee C. Harby. officer in command thereof was not Lieut.-Col.
Oh, “The Men Who Wore the Gray,” Shepard of the Seventh Tennessee, Archer's Bri
Oh, the men who dared the fray,
Upholding the grand principles for which our fathers fought; gade. Tlie officer was not Col. Shepard, but was
Fame's resounding voice shall tell Col. J. M. Stone, present governor of Mississippi,
How they strove and how they fell — commanding that morning the Second and Eler- A monument of glory their high sacrifice hath wrought! enth Mississippi, Davis' Brigade, Heth's Division.
Let inspired pens portray These men saved the army,
How these “Men Who Wore the Gray” Shortly afterwards Gen. Lee rode up, and Gen.
Came back, the struggle ended. every hope of justice fled;
All the future dark and void, Longstreet introduced Col. Stone to him as the
Maimed and poor, their homes destroyed, man who saved the army. This title Col. Stone Their wives and children weeping o'er the memories of their modestly declined, saying "My boys did it."
dead! Col. Stone was afterwards rewarded for his brar
But affliction could not stay ery by an appointment as brigadier-general, but re
Those brave “Men Who Wore the Gray” fused the honor, as he “could not take his boys
From gathering up courageously their broken ends of life; with him” to his new command.
As they battled, so they worked
Never yet had Southron shirked This bit of history was given me by my father, The field where love and honor gave command to face the who was a member of the Second Mississippi, and
strife! helped 'save the army" on the morning of May 6,
They are victors in that fray ; 1864.
Now these "Men Who Wore the Gray,”
Exult in their achievments for the land they love so well; Miss Kate Korff, who served the Confederacy
It has vanquished inany foes
It has blossomed like the roseas nurse in hospitals at Richmond, Washington, The story of their proud success, its smiling homes can tell. Staunton (after the battle of Gettysburg), and Cass
May God's mercy. day by day, ville, Ga., and was also a signer of Confederate
Bless “The Men Who wore the Gray”money during the last year of the war, would be Those fearless, peerless heroes, who waxed stronger as they glad to hear from any soldiers who remember her.
While the people, heart and soul, She is now Mrs. LeGrand Sexton, and her address
Grant to their decreasing roll is Marion, Smythe County, Va.
A Patriot's best recompense, the country's reverent love.
ONE DOLLARA YEAR.
HOW SHALL SAMUEL DAVIS BE HONORED? S. A. CUNNINGHAM, Editor and Prop'r, S. W. MEEK, Publisher.
The VETERAN must give expression to the spon
taneous appeals for a monument to be erected at This publication is the personal property of S. A. Cunningham. All
the capital of Tennessee in honor of Samuel persons who approve its principles, and realize its benefits as an organ for Associations throughout the South, are requested to commend its patron
Davis, whose heroic sacrifice in deliberately giving age and to co-operate in extending it.
his life on the gallows has never been excelled in MONUMENT TO GEN. HANCOCK.
the history of man. In faith to principle it is al
most divine, and recalls even the sacrifice of the This Editor had an inspiration at the Chicago
Galilean whose hands and feet were nailed to a dedication of our Confederate monument.
cross. He had been offered extensive possessions if of a brief story by a young lady, who said in recip- He would prove traitor. While nothing human rocal spirit for magnanimity that had been so richly may be compared to Deity, we may lay claim to bestowed: “I WANT TO GIVE THE FIRST DOLLAR TO
kinship, and such sacrifice must meet His approval WARDS A MONUMENT TO GENERAL HANCOCK IN New and have eternal reward. He commended likeness ORLEANS.” She then gave the reason why she
even unto Himself. would even be a leader in the movement.
Shall a monument be erected to Samuel Davis at Gen. Hancock and her father were fellow officers
the capital of his native state? Let those who on the western frontier just before our great
may not be familiar with the considerations that Hancock asked him, in the wise comradeship induce the inquiry, read the three preceding issues of his nature, to let him have two months of his of the VETERAN. Well might the United States pay, and he would invest with some of his own
government commemorate the character, relying money in certain lands of promised increase of solely upon the testimony of its officials and solvalue; and he complied. The war came on and the diers, who after the third of a century volunteer two officers served under different flags.
tributes without stint. Such a monument would After the war Gen. Hancock called upon Gen.
be the pride of every noble soul regardless even of Harry Heth and asked of his financial condition.
nationality. The VETERAN does not yet make the He, of course, was destitute. Hancock then said: appeal. The object is too sacred to be undertaken "I have a thousand dollars for you." Having no
without mature deliberation and determination. thought of why such should be the case, the Con
Suggestions are invited upon this theme. Let federate instinctively demurred to the assertion.
them be concise and strong. They need not be Then Hancock reminded him of the time he gave
confined to Tennessee or Tennesseans. A note at him two months of his salary, told him of how he
hand from a Kentuckian, now living in Georgia, had kept the taxes paid, of the advance in the states: “I hope Nashville will some day erect a realty, and that he had just sold it, and Heth's part
monument to that REAL HERO, Samuel Davis. I was $1,000. Worthy thought of the daughter of
would like to add a dollar or two." Gen. Heth! The liberty of giving such promi
Such a monument embodying a history of that nence to the fair lady is assumed through zeal for character would ever convey exaltation of mind and this cause.
an influence that would strengthen manhood. Men What say you, comrades and friends of New or women who would make bequests could hardly Orleans, and you other comrades, and other south- as well do any service to all that is noble here, ern people? Can you conceive of anything more ap- and undying for the future. Give your views propriate, than to return the compliment to Chicago, comrade, southerner, northerner, man, woman. and to the North, who did so nobly respond to the
The VETERAN would commend a study of the diligent appeal of Gen. John C. Underwood in character of this young man. He went from his erecting a Confederate monument there? American country home into the Confederate army, and for citizens, what do you think of it? Would you
his excellent character, courage and judgment he like to see a monument to Gen. Hancock in New was engaged as a scout for the army. The publicaOrleans?
tions referred to are a vivid, thrilling and awful acWho of the United States Army could be more
count of the determination on the part of the Fedfitly honored than Gen. Hancock-who knew the
erals to induce him to divulge sources of information war was over in 1865 and ever acted accordingly! appealed to, as threats had not availed, he said, if
in his possession, but he would not, and finaly when Remember his firmness as a national patriot when
he had a thousand lives he would sacrifice them all in command of the forces at New Orleans in that before he would betray the trust. He was hanged bitter, bitter period!
at Pulaski, Tenn., Nov. 27, 1863, in his 22nd year.
TWENTY THOUSAND COPIES NEXT.
"OLD HICKORY" JACKSON NAMED HIM.
Governor Turney, of Tennessee, a Confederate The VETERAN for September will be a valuable
who carried the first regiment from this state to historic publication and a rich souvenir. Eight thou- Virginia, chatted with some friends when he gave sand copies extra will be sent to T. H. Payne & Co., this reminiscence: “Two years ago I was in the
house by Dixon Springs in Smith county, where my Chattanooga, who will control its sales at dedication
father was born. It was a log house of two rooms. of the parks there and at Chickamauga. There will
I recognized the locations from a description that be many attractive scenes from those places and
‘Old Hickory' Jackson gave me when a boy of fifLookout Mountain, with sketches of comrades, etc. teen in 1843. I had gone to the Hermitage with Mr.
This September VETERAN will contain the finest Titterton. of Louisiana, introduced myself and relic procurable, and which will give it lasting im
then the gentleman, when Gen. Jackson asked me
whose son I was. He was manifestly glad to see portance. That relic is the photo engraved copy of
me, and said: 'I named your father. He told of the original“Dixie's Land” written, music and words, going to my grandfather's when my father was an by "Uncle Dan”Emmett, on that rainy Sunday in New infant and saying 'Peter, I want to name your boy,' York in 1859, together with his autograph letter and that my grandfather replied he would see written July 31, 1895, and an excellent photograph Frankie about that.' Request was procured for
Gen. Jackson to go in the other room to see the with an account of a visit to his humble home near mother and infant, and he said when there: 'Frankie, Mount Vernon, Ohio. Diligence will be exercised
I want to name your boy Hopkins Lacy-Hop and to make that issue of the VETERAN a credit to the Pete are intimate friends. He is a good fellow and South, editorially and mechanically.
would be proud of it.' She replied He is named.”
Lacy's name was thus honored in an eminent CHATTANOOGA-CHICKAMAUGA PARKS. jurist and in an United States senator. Lacy was
clerk to the first Legislature of this state. The Veteran calls attention to the coming events
The following is the first Confederate States order of formally dedicating the Government parks at
ever sent to Tennessee. Gov. Turney has the enChickamauga and on Mission Ridge. It would elec
velope still, with "Confederate States of America" trify the Southland with its importance. The Gov
printed on the corner of the official envelope. It is a ernment at Washington has enacted such laws as to
coincidence that it was exactly four years to the give the South equal advantage in every way. Of
date of Lee's surrender at Appomattox: the three commissioners, one is the eminently capa
CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. ble and beloved Lieut. Gen. A. P. Stewart, who has
WAR DEPARTMENT. been the member in charge of the improvements
MONTGOMERY, April 9, 1861. nearly all the while. The spirit of Union veterans Capt. Peter Turney, Winnchester, Tenn.-Sir: I taking an interest in these parks, has been most fra
am instructed by the Secretary of War to imform
you, that, while the department cannot even yet acternal. As a rule they are men, who boast of Con
cept absolutely the offer of the Regiment of Volunfederate valor. They will come, doubtless, by the
teers made by you, he trusts that you will hold it in tens of thousands, and will be sorely disappointed, if instant readiness to move at the call of this Governthey don't meet many of the men, they fought on
ment. The indications are very strong that its those sanguinary fields.
services will very soon become, if not necessary, Northern states have given hundreds of thousands highly advantageous to this Confederacy. Respect
, for monuments, and the Government has expended
I. I. HOOPER, Private Secretary. about $600,000; while the South has been too slow of action. The Government appropriation of $20,000 to Two public industrial enterprises in the south provide accommodations is as much for Confederate merit attention from the VETERAN. The Interas Federal. And now, true comrades, do be on
state Cotton Exposition to be held in Atlanta, Ga., hand and act as host! The location makes such ac
beginning Sept. 18, of this year, and the Tennessee tion proper, and you will do patriotic service by at- Centennial celebration, to occur in 1896. The tending. Defer some other trip, but not this one.
former is well under way and promises success. The Railroads generally have made a one cent per
To celebrate the centenary of the admission of mile rate, and some of them are getting out “fold
Tennessee into the Union is highly important, from ers" filled with illustrations and historic interests.
patriotic and historic considerations-but so many The Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis system will
failures to raise funds disheartened friends, and the be successful rival, doubtless, in the richest of these.
purpose was about to fail; when, with much
unanimity of sentiment, representative men in busiTHE Tennessee Division of Confederate Soldiers
ness and in financial affairs, resolved upon it. The
President, J. W. Thomas, and the Director General, have their annual reunion at Columbia, September E. C. Lewis, are never identified with failures, and 11th and 12th. A large attendance is expected. they are capable leaders in all they undertake.
GENERAL JOHN C. BROWN.
other places in Kentucky. He was afterward with
Gen. Joe E. Johnston in the Georgia campaign, and Judge Jno. S. Wilkes, now of the Supreme Court engaged in the battles of Chickamauga, Mission
Ridge, that hundred days fighting between Dalton of Tennessee, long a law partner and business asso
and Jonesborough, and all the engagements incident ciate, pays the following tribute to Gov. Brown:
to the retreat. He was promoted to Major General; Jno. C. Brown was born in Giles county, Jan. 6, was wounded at Franklin, which finished his mili1827. On the side of both father and mother, he tary career. was of Scotch-Irish descent, and was one of a family At the close of the war he returned to the practice of nine children. His father was a farmer in mod- of law at Pulaski, and continued in active labor erate circumstances and gave to his son a preparatory until 1870, when elected a member of the Constituschool educationfinishing with graduating at tional Convention, of which he was made chairman. Jackson College, Columbia, about the time that his In 1870, he was elected Governor; and in 1872, was older brother, Neill S. Brown, was a central figure re-elected to that office. His administration of in state and national politics, defeating Aaron V. State affairs as the Executive, was upon a vigilant Brown for governor in 1847, and afterward taking business basis. He reduced the bonded debt of the an active part in the election of President Zachary state from forty-three to twenty million of dollars, Taylor, who appointed him Minister to Russia. besides paying some three millions of its floating
In 1876, he was elected vice president of the Texas Pacific Railway; and under him the great transcontinental route was built. In 1881, he was appointed general solicitor and attorney for the entire Gould system of railroads west of the Mississippi River. In 1885, he was made receiver of the Texas Pacific Railroad; and under him it was rebuilt and thoroughly reconstructed. Then in 1888, he was elected its president. In 1889, was elected president of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Co.
He died on August 17, 1889, and was interred at Pulaski, Tenn., among the people he loved so well and who honored him so highly. A life size statue stands on a commanding spot in Maplewood cemetery presenting a lifelike figure of him in his soldier's garb, with his hand upon his sword, his head bowed, and his gaze to the South, that he served so faithfully and loved with such ardent devotion.
As a student, he was ambitious, quick, active, and studious; as a lawyer, he stood in the front rank. He was in no sense a case lawyer; but thoroughly versed in its general principles, especially as they affected the history, policy and business interests of the state. He was not an orator, but a man of much force before a jury or an audience. His personal presence was majestic and commanding. I have seen him in many assemblies of distinguished men, and he was ever the center of observation. He
was a born leader; in private life an honest and Jno. C. Brown began the practice of law in 1848,
just man, broadminded, full of charity and tolera
tion. and continued in it until 1859. Then, being in poor
He never spoke harshly of even an enemy in health he visited the East, making a tour of Great
his absence. I knew him intimately; and in his
most confidential mood, no word of bitterness ever Britain, the continent, Egypt, and the Holy Land. In 1860, he was elector on the Bell and Everett
escaped his lips. But he he was quick to resent an ticket. The election of Mr. Lincoln to the Presi
affront, and to maintain his right. As a soldier dency and the secession of the southern states brought
he was a strict disciplinarian, firm but kind, always on the Civil War.
ready, friendly, and he knew no such word as Jno. C. Brown entered the service of his state as
fear. His officers and men loved and respected him. a private, and was elected at once captain of his
A short epitome of Gov. Brown's life appears upcompany, and immediately thereafter, colonel of on his monument at Pulaski. It is as follows: the Third Tennessee Infantry Regiment.
“He was a Master Mason, Pulaski Lodge 101, in At Fort Donelson he was in command of a brig 1851; Royal Arch Mason, Pulaski Chapter 20, in ade as senior colonel, and took an active part in its 1871; Knight Templar, Pulaski Commandery 12, in defense. Hew as captured and sent to Fort Warren; 1871; was Secretary, Treasurer, Junior and Senior was exchanged in 1862, when he was promoted to Warden, and Worshipful Master of his lodge, and Brig.-Gen. and assigned to duty with Gen. Bragg. was more Worshipful Grand Master of Masonry in He participated in the battles of Perryville, and Tennessee, in 1870.
He enlisted in the army in May, 1861; was elected HEROIC CADETS AT NEW MARKET, VA. Captain of Company A, Third Tennessee Infantry, May 1, '61; elected Colonel of the the regiment May The following appeal will be read with interest: 15, '61; appointed Brigadier-General Sept. 30, '62; Among the many exhibitions of gallantry that Maj. Genl. Aug. 4, 1864; paroled May 16, 1865. distinguished the great war between the states, He was wounded at Fort Donelson, Þerryville, there was none more conspicuous than the battle Chickamauga, Atlanta and Franklin. In civil life, of New Market. The unflinching fortitude, the darprominent for personal integrity, business capacity, ing and the steady discipline displayed by the corps and social qualities; a profound lawyer, distinguish- of cadets from the Virginia Military Institute on that ed statesman, and an able financier, president of occasion, are almost without a parallel in history. the Constitutional Convention of 1870, twice Gov
The story is too well known to need repetition. ernor of Tennessee, for many years chief counselor Not all of these brave boys survived their baptism and president of extensive railroads and industrial of fire. Eight of them died for their country, -gave properties in the west and in Tennessee. He was their lives for it before they were old enough to raise successful in every undertaking, and faithful to their voices in the administration of its affairs; and every trust."
five of these sleep, under the shadow of their Alma
Mater, in graves almost uncared for. No memorial A lady who .chatted about Gov. Brown while de- of bronze or granite is needed to keep alive their veloping Texas in the building of the Texas and Pa- memories or preserve their noble example of patriotcific railroad, said with pride: “He is our own Ten- ism and devotion to duty for coming generations. nessean.” She was then a resident of the Lone Star, These are firmly enshrined in the hearts of their but from the Volunteer State.
countrymen, but we of the South-whether A group of prominent railroad men, who came fought for the Lost Cause, or only treasure it as an from St. Louis to the funeral of Gov. Brown, con- undying memory-owe it to ourselves to erect an curred in the sentiment that in whatever assembly enduring testimonial for the noble record they behe at once became the center of attraction. He was queathed to our boys. honored in his ability to organize and execute, and It is but lately that a movement has been set on for his integrity of character. While proud of his foot to erect a monument over the graves of these cacareer as a Confederate, he was so considerate of dets. The alumni of the Institute are already regentlemen, that Union Veterans who had occasion sponding to the appeal made to them in this behalf; to know him well admired him ardently.
but neither the burden nor the honor should be theirs
alone. There are many whose sons sleep in unknown THE BURIAL OF GEN. HENRY LEE. graves, where they may never hope to set the mark
of their affection and remembrance. What they Robert L. Rogers, of Atlanta, Ga., copied for the
would, but cannot, do for their own dead, it is alike VETERAN from an old Savannah Republican extracts
a duty and a consolation to do for these, who were
equally loved by their bereft parents and who are about the burial of Light Horse Harry" Lee, from
equally worthy. But such an object as this should which is taken the following extracts:
find an answering chord in the heart of every southI have seen the body of General Lee receive all erner who is able to give a mite. For in this day the honors, that could be given by feeling hearts. when monuments and memorials of every sort are
He was buried from Ďungeness house. being dedicated to those who fell on both sides whethMr. Shaw and family strove all in their power to er in the performance of deeds of daring or in the keep the lamp of life burning; and althoughthe oil simple discharge of their duty, we may well feel a was expended, they still blew the gentle breath of sense of shame at the neglect which has been visitaffection and attention to preserve the wick alive. ed upon the graves of these martyred heroes.
Commodore Henley superintended the last sad Contributions for a granite shaft to be erected over duties. Captains Elton, Finch, Madion, Lieuten- the graves of the cadets who fell at the battle of New ants Fitzhugh and Richie, of the navy, and Mr. Market and who are buried at Lexington, will be reLyman, of the army, were pall-bearers. As the ceived by Miss Margaret W. Freeland, Lexington, procession moved, the swords of the two first cross- Virginia, who will also furnish any information that ed the old man's breast-they were in their scab- may be desired on the the subject. No sum is too bards. The other officers of the navy, and Captain small; and the size of the gift should be determined Payne, of the army, followed. The mariners of solely by the ability and good will of the giver. the U. S. ship, John Adams and brig Saranac formed the guard, and a band from our army assisted. A Mr. Taylor performed the last ceremonial duties.
James Moreland, Denison, Texas: I was a pris
oner at Johnson's Island in 1863-4, and was with A long train of sailors, cleanly dressed, their re
I spectful deportment and rough, but independent, would like very much to learn, if possible, the ad
my comrades transferred to “Point Lookout.” looks, interested my feelings. I was immediately dress of any comrade who suffered with me at those absorbed in contemplation. Once a fine orange prisons. I was in Company A, Eighteenth Division, grove had flourished. An invader of our country had
at Point Lookout. destroyed it. Admiral Cockburn had been there, 'the last his name,' and a greater scourge to R. Q. Mills Camp, No. 360, U. C. V., Aurora, Tex., mankind than the locusts of Africa. A volley of re-elected officers on the 20th inst., to-wit: Jno. P. musketry was fired over the grave of General Lee. Perkins, commander; P. F. Lewis, adjutant.