Memorial to our veterans who served in state and home guard militias and Union and Confederate military units, including Confederate Partisan Ranger units, from the end of the War With Mexico to the end of the American Civil War

BROUSE

CURTIS BROUSE was born in 1840 to Rebecca "Margaret" Wall and Curtis Brouse, Sr.  At the beginning of the Civil War he enlisted in the 30th Regiment of Indiana Volunteers.  Curtis Sr. and Rebecca brought their family to Indiana from Lorain, Ohio sometime between 1850-60. Ulysses Chester Brouse, son of Curtis Jr. and grandson of Rebecca Wall Brouse became mayor of Kendalville, Indiana and a member of the Indiana State Board of Agriculture in 1917. 

HOPSON

(Based largely on the research of Nancy Cassada Nelson of Chesterfield, New Jersey (2001); Click here for THE HOPSON FAMILY history)

DANIEL HOPSON was born was born 1830 in East Tennessee and died May 1, 1874 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. He was the son of RICHARD HOPSON and RHODA YARBROUGH and the grandson of Harrod Hopson and Sarah Bunch of Claiborne County, Tennessee. Daniel served as a corporal in Company A, 12th Tennessee Cavalry, USA.   His pension certificate is # 82681, application #116859. Catherine's pension certificate is #214629, application #224741.

THOMAS HOPSON was born about 1842 in Lauderdale County, Alabama.  He was the son of WILLIAM HOPSON and JANE SHELTON and grandson of Harrod Hopson and Sarah Bunch of Claiborne County, Tennessee.  Thomas served in the Confederate Army and died during the War. 

THOMAS BRINKTON HOPSON was born in 1836 in Claiborne County, Tennessee and died on March 25, 1891 in Union County, Tennessee. Thomas was the son of RICHARD HOPSON and RHODA YARBROUGH and the grandson of Harrod Hopson and Sarah Bunch of Claiborne County, Tennessee.  T. B. Hopson, or "Brink" as he was known, served in the Union Army, Co. A, 12th Tennessee Cavalry. In his application for an invalid's pension he states that his deafness occurred at Clifton, Tennessee while under attack by the Rebels; that the infantry's guns caused the sudden loss of hearing. Certification # 546383. Esther's certification # 308344. He appears in the 1890 veterans census, Union County, Tennessee, ED252, page 2.

WILLIAM YOUNGER HOPSON was born was born 1832 in Claiborne County, Tennessee, and died January 12, 1878 in Grainger County, Tennessee. He was the son of RICHARD HOPSON and RHODA YARBROUGH and the grandson of Harrod Hopson and Sarah Bunch of Claiborne County, Tennessee.  William served in the Union Army, Company H, 1st Tennessee Cavalry. He was known as Younger, or Young Hopson.

 

SMITH

THOMAS G. SMITH was the son of LYDIA WILSON and SOLOMON P. SMITH and half brother of Nathaniel Jonathan Westfall.  He was born March 21, 1841 at Stonecoal Creek, Lewis County, (West) Virginia.  Thomas enlisted on September 8, 1861 as a Private in Company B, 10th Virginia Infantry, USA, renamed the 10th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry.  He was discharged on August 14, 1865.  Thomas married Mildred Lamb in about 1870 and they had ten children, six boys and four girls.  Thomas died on August 11, 1924 and is buried in the Harrison Grove Cemetery, Murphy's Creek Road, about 14 miles south of Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia.  Mildred is buried next to him.  Source: Headstone marker, Harrison Grove Cemetery, Lewis County, West Virginia; 1890 Census, Special Schedule "Persons who served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States during the war of the rebellion (who are survivors) and widows of such persons," ED128, page 1, Court House District, Lewis County, West Virginia.

WILLIAM MCKINDRA SMITH was the son of LYDIA WILSON and SOLOMON P. SMITH and half brother of Nathaniel Jonathan Westfall.  He was born April 14, 1839 on the family farm near Elkins, Randolph County, (West) Virginia.  William enlisted on March 25, 1863.  On January 23, 1865 he was assigned as a Private to Company H, 7th West Virginia Cavalry.  From the time of his enlistment until January 1865 he was assigned to Company H, 8th Virginia Infantry, Light Artillery Battery, then the 2nd Virginia Battery Light Artillery (March 25, 1863), and then Battery G, 1st Regiment, Virginia Light Artillery.  William was discharged on August 1, 1865 having served two years and six months.  He married Sarah Ann Kittle on September 14, 1872 and they had three sons and one daughter.  On March 17, 1891 he married Rosa B. Ables and they had four sons and one daughter.  William died April 9, 1928 at Bridgeport, Harrison County, West Virginia and is buried in the Mount Olive Cemetery in Harrison County.  Source: Compiled Service Records for the Union Army, Smith, William M.; Co. H, 7th West Virginia Cavalry; Research of Michael and Oscar Smith, Parkersburg, West Virginia contributed August 2008; 1890 Census, Special Schedule "Persons who served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States during the war of the rebellion (who are survivors) and widows of such persons," ED128, page 1, Court House District, Lewis County, West Virginia.

TROWBRIDGE

DAVID BOYD TROWBRIDGE, was the son of SAMUEL GRADY TROWBRIDGE and JANE MCGREW and the younger brother of of our ancestor JAMES MCGREW TROWBRIDGE.  He was born January 15, 1830 in Kingwood, West Virginia.  David enlisted in Company B, 3rd West Virginia Cavalry on October 21, 1862, leaving at home a wife and three small children.  He was very seriously wounded in battle, but participated in thirteen different engagements.  He was discharged on June 6, 1865 and returned home to Kingwood.  Before the war, on March 11, 1855, he married Mary Sophia Snyder, the sister of Sarah Ann Snyder (wife of his brother James).  Mary died on July 19, 1866, only a year after David's return from the war. The following year, on July 5, 1867, David married nineteen year old Margaret Walls, daughter of James Walls and Nancy Joseph.  After the birth of a daughter, Jane, in September, 1869 David removed with his family to Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio.  David was a carpenter and followed that occupation his entire life, traveling extensively before settling in Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas where he died on April 20, 1902.  SOURCE: Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 265.

JOHN WILLIAM BARKER TROWBRIDGE son of MALIN (MAHLON) PUGH TROWBRIDGE and ELIZABETH BARKER was born about 1837 in Preston County, (West) Virginia.  He enlisted on June 22, 1861 and served in Company C, 3rd West Virginia Infantry, which later became Company C, 6th West Virginia Cavalry.  Among the many battles he participated in were Bull Run, Antietam, Cross Keys and Winchester.  He was discharged on August 17, 1864 after he was deafened by an artillery shell exploding near him.  John married Frances A. Carr after the Civil War.  He and Frances did not have any children  SOURCE:  1890 Census, Special Schedule "Persons who served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States during the war of the rebellion (who are survivors) and widows of such persons," Kingwood, Preston County, West Virginia, ED69, page 2, "John W. H. Trowbridge."  Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 393.

LEANDER MARION (LEWIS) TROWBRIDGE was born February 1, 1837 to LEANDER and HANNAH (TROWBRIDGE) LEWIS.  His father died when he was very young and his mother moved in with her parents, JESSE and SARAH (PUGH) TROWBRIDGE.  His mother remarried several years later but Leander remained with his grandparents who raised him.  He took on his grandfather's surname and was known all of his adult life as Leander Trowbridge.  As a young man Leander taught school in Kingwood, Preston County, (West) Virginia.  At the start of the Civil War he enlisted in Company F, 6th West Virginia Infantry for a period of three years.  He was discharged in 1864.  Learn more about Leander and his incredible story by clicking on his name above.  Source: Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 394.

PRESTON B. TROWBRIDGE was born May 7,1821 to SAMUEL RUBLE TROWBRIDGE and SUSAN SHEETS in Preston County, Virginia.  Preston served as a Private with Company B, 14th West Virginia Infantry.  Thus far I have not obtained his service records.  Preston was captured by the Confederates on May 9, 1864 at the battle of Cloyd's Mountain, West Virginia.   He was confined and died in the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia on September 15, 1864.  His second wife, Christiann (Menear) Trowbridge applied for a widows pension (date is uncertain).  Preston first married Annis Menear in 1843 and they had at least one daughter; he married Christiann Menear in 1847 in Kingwood, Preston County, (West) Virginia.  They had six children, five daughters and one son.  SOURCES: Ancestry.com, The Generations Network, Inc., Provo, UT, "Civil War Service Records, Preston B. Trowbridge"; Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 265.

SAMUEL REESE TROWBRIDGE was the son of Dr. REESSE TROWBRIDGE and HARRIET MORGAN, and the grandson of SAMUEL RUBLE TROWBRIDGE and SUSAN SHEETS of Preston County, (West) Virginia.  He was born December 5, 1847 in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana.  At the age of sixteen on July 10, 1863, Samuel joined Company F, 102nd Indiana Infantry Minutemen but was mustered out a week later when his age was discovered.  Undeterred, Samuel then joined Company G, 116th Indiana Infantry for a term of six months on July 22, 1863.  He was mustered out on March 1, 1864 having served seven months.  I do not have a record of his engagements, if any.  Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 397.

SYLVANUS LAMB TROWBRIDGE, son of MALIN PUGH TROWBRIDGE and ELIZABETH BARKER of Kingwood, Preston County, West Virginia.  Sylvanus enlisted probably in Kingwood as a Private in Company I, 6th West Virginia Infantry.  He was captured by the Confederates during action at Bulltown, West Virginia and was sent to the infamous Andersonville prisoner of war camp in Georgia where he died on July 16, 1864.  He was unmarried.  SOURCE:  Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 262.

 

 

TYLER

JOSEPH TYLER was born on August 14, 1822 in Copley Township, Summit County, Ohio, and died on November 12, 1901 in Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, the son of Benjamin Tyler and Olive Brown.  He was considerably older than most Civil War Soldiers and at the time of his enlistment had a wife and three children ranging in age from fifteen to six years of age.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 11, 1862 and in November was assigned to the "Clara Dolsen" at Cairo, Illinois as Paymaster Steward.  Joseph was discharged on July 1, 1863 having served for almost a year.

WALL

REUBEN S. WALL:  Born in December 1842, Medina County, Ohio; son of Peter and Sybella Everhard and grandson of Christian Wall and Catherine Baughman; enlisted September 21, 1861 in Co. B, 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

WESTFALL

GEORGE W. WESTFALL son of JACOB WESTFALL and CAROLINE ELLIOT was born February 27, 1831 in Boone County, Indiana, and died October 28, 1904 in Louisa County, Iowa. George is buried in the Oakland/Carpenter Cemetery in Oakland Township of Louisa County, Iowa. The stone reads b. 1831, d. 28 Oct 1904, Sgt, Co D, 4th IA Cav, Civil War Veteran. "He was among the first to respond to his country's call for troops, enlisting in September 1861 as First Sergeant of Company D, 4th Iowa Cavalry, and was mustered into service at Camp Harlan in Mt. Pleasant. He participated in the battle of Vicksburg, and was engaged in scouting expeditions and skirmishes in the Southern and Southwestern States. In the battle of Oakland, Miss., he was wounded by gunshot, and on the 4th of November 1864, was honorably discharged at Davenport, Iowa."  PROTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM, LOUISA COUNTY, IOWA 1889 F627 28 page 8

PETER WESTFALL Son of JOHN H. WESTFALL and ELIZABETH ALLMAN, half brother of Nathaniel J. Westfall was born on December 6, 1840 in Lewis County, (West) Virginia.  Peter enlisted on October 16, 1861.  He was mustered in to service on March 15, 1862 at Wheeling, West Virginia as a Private in Company C, 10th Virginia Infantry, later renamed the 10th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry.  He was mustered out of service on March 15, 1865 having received his discharge four days earlier.  Peter died February 27, 1913 in Lewis County, West Virginia and is buried in the Harrison Grove Cemetery, Murphy's Creek Road, 14 miles south of Weston, W. Va. in Lewis County.  SOURCE:  headstone marker, Harrison Grove Cemetery; 1890 Census, Special Schedule "Persons who served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States during the war of the rebellion (who are survivors) and widows of such persons," ED128, Court House District, Lewis County, West Virginia, (page unnumbered).

 

WHITSETT AND RELATIVES

There is a long list of Whitsett men and their close relatives who served on both sides during the Civil War.  Click here for a list of those I know of who served in the Confederate Army.  Click here for a list of those I know of who served in the U.S. Army.   Those lists were taken from various "official" lists of Civil War veterans.  Below are additional names of both Union and Confederate veterans along with expanded information about their service and their families. 

DAVID P. WHITSETT son of Ralph Crawford Whitsett and grandson of Revolutionary War soldier William Wirt Whitsett of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.  Eighteen-year-old David enlisted as a private on September 15, 1864 at Pittsburgh in the Company B, 16th Cavalry (later transferred to Company G) 161st Pennsylvania Line, USA.  He was discharged on June 15, 1865.  He is described as 5'6" tall, dark hair, fair complexion and hazel eyes.  SOURCE:  Index cards to Civil War Soldiers; Lineages, Inc., comp. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. (Ancestry.com)

PHILLIP W. WHITSETT younger son of Isaac and Elizabeth "Betty" (Wilson) Whitsett of Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama.  Confederate Army records indicate that he enlisted as a private in Company D, 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry "Lauderdale Rifles" at Oakland, Lauderdale County May 27, 1861.  He was 18 years old and single. Phillip was present for several major battles with the Army of Virginia from 1862 through 1863. In January 1864, he was listed first as AWOL and then as a deserter. Phillip was captured in Tennessee by Federal troops probably while attempting to return home.  He was sent to the POW camp near Nashville, Tennessee. The U.S. Army Rolls of deserters from the rebel army states that Phillip Whitsett was discharged at Nashville on February 4, 1865 after swearing an Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. (on January 27, 1865) on the condition that he remained north of Ohio River. The U.S. Army POW records, Head Quarters, Provost Marshal General, U.S. Army, Department of the Cumberland, Nashville, Tennessee; Roll no. 672, Sheet 10 lists: P. Whitsett, Pvt. 9 Regt. Alabama Infantry; Place of residence: Lauderdale Co., Ala. Complexion: Fair; hair: Brown; Eyes: Gray; Height: 5'9"; Volunteered May 17, 1861, deserted Jan. 15, 1864; Remarks: No family (untrue, at this time both parents and at least a younger brother were still alive). 

Phillip saw action under the command of General Kirby Smith of Florida. His unit did not participate in the first Battle of Manassas because it could not reach the battlefield due to a railroad accident. His regiment was under fire at Yorktown in April 1862, with only minor losses. Philip was in the Chimborazo Hospital No. 3, Richmond, Virginia between March 7 and April 4, 1862 and missed the Battle of Yorktown. On May 5, 1862, he participated in the battle of Williamsburg, Virginia. At Seven Pines on June 1st, the 9th Alabama was held in reserve and suffered no losses. At Gaines' Mill on June 27, 1862, and three days later at Frazier's Farm it sustained heavy casualties.  Phillip was under fire but not actively engaged at the second Battle of Manassas. Philip was on furlough during the battle of Harper's Ferry. At Sharpsburg The Ninth lost 8 killed, 42 wounded, and 9 missing. Phillip was under fire at Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862 where his unit suffered few casualties. Its greatest glory was won at Salem Church in May 1863, where it bore the brunt of a successful assault on the Federals and suffered heavy losses. Next, the regiment moved into Pennsylvania and on to Gettysburg. It sustained severe casualties at Gettysburg on July 2nd and 3rd as part of the brigade that had 781 killed and wounded. The fall and winter of 1863 were passed in camp near Orange Court House in Virginia. On January 15, 1864, Philip deserted the army and was captured by Union troops.  By October 1865 Phillip was home and named administrator of his father's estate in Lauderdale County.

WILLIAM WALLACE WHITSETT was the oldest son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Wilson) Whitsett of Waterloo, Alabama.  He married Mary Ann Hopson On November 19, 1856. In 1859 their only child, William Isaac Whitsett was born.  William enlisted for three years in Memphis in April or May 1861 in the 2nd Regiment Volunteers (Robinson's) of Tennessee Infantry as William Wallace Whitsett (also listed as Wallace Whitsett and W. W. Whitsett).  He may have enlisted in Memphis so that he would be close to home and his wife and young child during the War, rather than enlisting in Lauderdale County, in the Army of Virginia as his brother Phillip did.  If so, the strategy worked as he was rarely more than 300 miles from home during the War, although he participated in some of the worst battles.  In July 1861, with 541 combat able men, Robinson's Regiment moved to Fort Pillow on the Mississippi River about forty miles north of Memphis. William first saw action In early November 1861, when his regiment crossed the Mississippi to Belmont, Missouri from Columbus, Kentucky with other Confederate units. The next morning, General U. S. Grant learned that Confederates had crossed the Mississippi from Kentucky into Missouri. Grant landed in the Missouri a mile above Belmont  and the next morning the two armies met. At first the Federals routed the Confederates; however, the Rebels counterattacked forcing the Union soldiers to withdraw and Grant returned to Illinois. Robinson's Regiment reported 18 killed, 64 wounded, and 33 missing at Belmont.  Robinson's 2nd Regiment joined Walker's 2nd Regiment and the two units formed the 2nd Consolidated Regiment of Tennessee Infantry and in April 1862, fought at Pittsburg Landing and the battle of Shiloh, only 22 miles north of Waterloo.  Shiloh was one of the bloodiest fights of the Civil War with approximately 24,000 casualties, almost one in every five soldiers killed or wounded. The Confederate dead and wounded numbered 10,699 a staggering number for a single battle in any war. Although the Union considered the battle a victory, they lost almost 14,000 dead and wounded.  Whitsett's unit suffered heavy casualties at Shiloh. Later the unit was consolidated into four companies and merged first into the 4th and then combined under one command with Smith's 5th Confederate Infantry Regiment but retained their designation as the 4th Regiment and were part of General Braxton Bragg's Army in Tennessee. 

In the summer of 1863, the Union Army under General Rosencrans drove Bragg and his army to the city of Chattanooga, a vital base for a Federal assault on the heartland of the South. President Abraham Lincoln declared, "whomever controls Chattanooga will win the war." On August 16, 1863, Rosencrans began an attack on the Confederate supply lines to the south of the city. Union Colonel John Wilder moved his brigade to near Chattanooga and bombarded the city with artillery for two weeks. Meanwhile, The Confederate high command ordered a division from Mississippi under General Hiram T. Walker to reinforce Bragg, and General Robert E. Lee dispatched an entire corps under General James Longstreet from Virginia. On September 8, Bragg evacuated Chattanooga and moved his army south to La Fayette, Georgia.  The battle of Chickamauga began on September 18 and lasted until September 21st when the Union Army withdrew to Chattanooga.  The Rebels occupied the heights surrounding Chattanooga and laid siege upon the Union forces. Unable to break the siege, General Rosencrans was relieved of his command of the Army of the Cumberland on October 19.  Considered a Confederate victory for halting the Union advance, the Battle of Chickamauga was costly. It claimed an estimated 34,624 casualties, 16,170 for the Union; 18,454 for the Confederates.

By October 1863, William W. Whitsett was in an Army Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, probably because of wounds received during the Battle of Chickamauga. A copy of an original requisition for clothing dated October 23, 1863 has his name and signature. He is also listed on pay registers for October and November 1863. These registers are in lieu of the normal Company Muster Rolls which usually recorded payments. He rejoined his company in November 1863, and is listed on the company's musters for November 1863 through April 1864. His enlistment expired in May 1864.  He returned home to Lauderdale County and was captured and executed by a Union soldier near Wright, Alabama when he was less than five miles from home.   He probably would still have been in his Confederate uniform.  On August 10, 1864, General Orders No. 64 issued at Richmond, Virginia by the Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, commended Pvt. Wallace Whitsett, of Co. E Fourth Regiment Of Infantry, Tennessee on the Roll of Honor for the Battle of Chickamauga. 

Sue's membership certificate honoring her 2nd great grandfather, Corp. William Wallace Whitsett, Co. E, 2nd Regiment (Robinson's) Tennessee Infantry.

Phillip Whitsett died in about 1870 leaving no descendants.  His service cannot be used to join the UDC or Son's of The Confederacy because he deserted the army and then swore an oath of allegiance to the United States in 1865 when he was released from a Nashville prison camp.  Phillip deserted in 1864 after Gettysburg when it became obvious that the South would loose the war.  At that time his family back home were suffering under the tremendous cruelty of a Union occupation of Lauderdale County. Several of his younger brothers had died and his father was seriously ill.  I believe that he, like many other Confederate soldiers felt his family needed him at home more than the lost cause did in Virginia.

JOHN WILLIAM WHITSETT, son of Joe and Kissiah Whitsett, was born in Alabama, probably Lauderdale County, on February 15, 1837. He married Nancy P. Parker on August 11, 1856 in Lauderdale County.  When the Civil War broke out, John joined Company H of the 4th (Roddey's) Alabama Cavalry as a private. The primary mission of Company H was the defense of the Tennessee River from Waterloo to Muscle Shoals and it saw action in Lauderdale and counties around it. John William Whitsett was in the same company as Christopher Simpson and probably John Harvey Rousseau, son-in-laws of John's uncle Wilson Whitsett.

The 4th (Roddey's) Cavalry Regiment was organized at Tuscumbia, Alabama, in October, 1862, and moved to Tennessee where it wintered. The men were from Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, and Walker counties. During the next spring it was sent to Northern Alabama, assigned to General Roddey's Brigade, then took an active part in raiding and attacking the Federals. In April, 1864, the regiment was transferred to the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. After fighting at Brice's Cross Roads it saw action in various conflicts from Montevallo to Selma where on April 2, 1865, most of the unit was captured. The remaining part surrendered at Pond Spring. Its commanders were Colonels William A. Johnson and Phillip D. Roddey, Lieutenant Colonel E. M. Windes, and Majors R. W. Johnson and John E. Newsom.  (Confederate Civil War Soldiers; http://www.civilwarsoldier.com/cws_confederate_soldiers.htm)

HARMON KING WHITSITT, "Harmon died at the battle of Chickamauga on Sept. 20, 1863. As best we can tell, he died defending the Union position on Snodgrass Hill. This stand by the 82nd Indiana and other units prevented a complete rout of the union forces by the confederates which would have undoubtedly changed the course of the war. We have no idea at what part of the battle he died, but the 82nd held off over 20 rebel charges on Snodgrass hill. Harmon was listed as missing (due to a recording error by his Captain), and his children did not receive the pension until 1871. An interesting point. He had 3 children with his first wife, and 1 with his second. The second wife, Arrissa Carder Whitsett and son Oliver M. Whitsett moved to Stockton, Kansas after Harmon's death. Neither Arrissa nor Oliver ever received a pension as it was determined that she was still married to a Timothy Carder when she married Harmon! Oliver and Arrissa (now Cravens) were still trying to get the pension in 1892.

"I would really like to see if there were any heirs to Oliver, as I would expect that if there were letters or pictures from Harmon that they may have been passed down his line. Last I have found of Oliver is that he disappeared near Washington Co. Arkansas in the 1920s. He was a truck farmer and left one day in his truck and was never seen again."

Email from Kelly Roggenkamp [mailto:kelly.roggenkamp@gmail.com], sent Thursday, September 09, 2010 6:51 PM to Ron and Sue (Whitsett) Wall, subject "Harmon King Whitsitt listed on your Union Civil War veterans page."  Kelly is the G3Grandson of Harmon King Whitsitt of Indiana, a descendant of Samuel and Margaret Whitsitt of Montgomery County, Kentucky and Ralph and Sarah (Wilson) Whitsett of Ireland and Pennsylvania.

WHITSETT RELATIVES

CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON, son-in-law of Wilson and Elizabeth (Price) Whitsett and husband of Jane Whitsett. Christopher joined Company H of the 4th (Roddey's) Alabama Cavalry as a private.  Although I have no record of his death, I believe he perished during the war since the Agricultural Census of Lauderdale County indicates that he was dead by 1866. His last two children were born about 1863 and 1866.  Jane (Whitsett) Simpson never remarried and lived in Waterloo until her death in 1903.  (Confederate Civil War Soldiers; http://www.civilwarsoldier.com/cws_confederate_soldiers.htm)

JOHN HARVEY ROUSSEAU, son-in-law of Wilson and Elizabeth Whitsett and husband of Camilla Minerva Whitsett.  Harvey Rousseau was born in France in 1828.  He and Cammie were married in Lauderdale County on January 13, 1857.  I have found no official records of Harvey Rousseau's service but there is a strong tradition in that family that he joined a Cavalry unit near the beginning of the War.  There is a detailed account of his service and near capture by Union Troops near Waterloo, passed down in this family and it seems very likely that his service is a fact.  His unit has not been identified, but it was most likely Co. H of the 4th (Roddey's) Alabama Cavalry since it  seems he was able to visit home during the war.  (Inez Jane Dennis, Rousseau Biographies (1965); Mrs. Dennis is a direct descendant of Cammie and John Harvey Rousseau).

THOMAS JEFFERSON WEBB, son-in-law of Wilson and Elizabeth (Price) Whitsett and husband of Sarah Price Whitsett. Thomas was born in 1841 in Mississippi.  He married Sarah on December 29, 1860 in Lauderdale County, Alabama.  He joined Company B, 27th Alabama Infantry probably in Fort Heimen, Tennessee in December 1861. Thomas Webb was injured during the Civil War so severely that he was unable to work most of his life. His four sons worked and ran the farm. Son, Wilson Whitsett Webb and wife Fannie cared for the couple in their later years. Thomas died in 1905 in Texas, probably Navarro County. Sarah died in 1922 at the home of her son, Bailey Webb in Foard County, Texas.

The 27th Infantry Regiment was organized in December 1861, at Fort Heimen, Tennessee. Its companies were recruited in Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Mobile, Madison, and Morgan counties. The unit was sent to Fort Henry, then Fort Donelson where it was captured on February 16, 1862. However, a number of men were sick in the hospital and escaped the surrender. These men were organized into two companies, joined a Mississippi regiment, and at the Battle of Perryville lost 8 killed and 25 wounded. The main body of the regiment was exchanged, reunited with the other two companies at Port Hudson, and assigned to Beall's and Buford's Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. The 27th was engaged at Champion's Hill and Big Black River Bridge, served in the trenches at Jackson, and later moved with the army across the Pearl River. During the spring of 1864, it joined with the Army of Tennessee and, attached to General Scott's and Shelley's Brigade, participated in many conflicts from Resaca to Bentonville. Only a remnant surrendered on April 26, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Adolphus A. Hughes and James Jackson, Lieutenant Colonel Edward McAlexander, and Major R. G. Wright. (Confederate Civil War Soldiers http://www.civilwarsoldier.com/cws_confederate_soldiers.htm).

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