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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Dedication of a bronze tablet in honor of Botetourt Battery (search)
With the long march to Enterprise, the exchange of the troops, their fortunes in the last years of the war, this paper cannot deal. The Botetourt Artillery —all that was left of it—was exchanged at Enterprise. Ragged, worn and cheerful, it marched away to old Virginia. Its Captain, John William Johnston, becoming Major of Artillery, left the company. Through the remainder of the war he commanded Johnston's Battery of light artillery. He fought at Dalton, Resaca, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville, and surrendered at Salisbury, N. C., two days after the surrender of his kinsman, Joseph E. Johnston. He was a soldier all his life, and a much loved man. In this paper I have more than once quoted Gunner No. 4, Adam H. Plecker, who lives now at Lynchburg, in Virginia. Gunner No. 4 has this to say of his old captain: I have two pictures in my mind. When we camped at Manassas orders were issued for all the men who wished to do so to assemble just before taps for prayer service. A numbe
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.43 (search)
f every rank vied in attention to the distinguished couple; never before had the executive mansion been so graced. Part at manor house. After three months of what was to outward appearances a happy honeymoon, the bride went home on a visit. The Governor followed in a few days, and there at the manor house, where they were married, husband and wife parted forever. What passed no one knows, as the lips of both were ever afterward sealed on the subject. Governor Houston returned to Nashville and sent his resignation as Governor to his old comrade, General William Hall, Speaker of the Senate, who succeeded him. After resigning he went into the forest, and, forsaking civilization, lived with his old friends, the Cherokee Indians. The nation was startled to learn that in a day the Governor of a flourishing commonwealth had been transformed into an Indian brave. Eliza stands acquitted by me, General Houston said in a letter to a friend. I received her as a virtuous and chas
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.59 (search)
es, Harriet Lane, Webb; commanded steamer Roanoke; served on the steamer Tallahassee at Drewry's Bluff; captured at battle of Sailor's Creek. F. L. Blume, Nashville, Tenn.—Midshipman C. S. N.; served on Patrick Henry. Richard H. Bacot, Clarkesdale, Mo.—Born in South Carolina; midshipman U. S. N.; second lieutenant C. S. N.; steamer Samson; cruiser Peedee, and steamer Macon. Clarence Carey, New York City—Born in Virginia; midshipman and passed midshipman, C. S. N.; served steamer Nashville; steamer Palmetto State, Patrick Henry, Virginia, No. 2, and cruiser Chickamauga. Henry S. Cook, St. Louis, Mo.—Midshipman U. S. N.; master C. S. N.; served o St. Mary's, Fenner's Louisiana Battery, light artillery; steamer Gaines, Battery Buchanan. N. C. Whittle, Norfolk, Va.—Lieutenant C. S. N.; served on steamer Nashville, steamer Louisiana; prisoner, steamer Chattahoochie and cruiser Shenandoah. Edwin P. Weaver, New Orleans, La.—Engineer C. S. N.; served on steamer Gains