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Pvt Milton Edward Ball
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Birth: 1826
New Canton
Hawkins County
Tennessee, USA
Death: 1912
Greene County
Tennessee, USA

Married Louisa Elizabeth McCarroll on December 20, 1849 in Hawkins County, TN.

Parents of:
James E. Ball (1850-1935)
Lewis B. Ball (1852-1926)
Mary Ellen Keller (1855-1939)
Rebecca J. Ball (1857-1933)
David Ball (1860-)
Mahalia Ball Fields (1863-1927)
Sarah M. "Sallie" Rednour (1867-1939)
Emma M. Jones (1872-1949)

Milton and his twin brother Clinton C. Ball both served as Privates in the Confederate States Army, Company "G", mustered at Rogersville Junction (now Bull's Gap), TN, Mar. 18, 1862, 39th Mounted Tennessee Infantry Regiment (Col. William M. Bradford's 31st Infantry). The regiment armed with country rifles, marched 700 miles in 42 days, often without food or water, many barefoot, sometimes in dust four inches deep, and to cap the climax, on Oct. 26, a heavy snow, which caught it with no tents, thin clothing, and no cover. On Dec. 31, 1862, the regiment left Charleston, TN via rail for Jackson, Mississippi where it arrived after ten days and nights in crowded box cars.

In Feb. 1863, a detachment of three companies was placed on a small steam ferry boat with two cannons, and captured the Federal gun boat "Queen of the West." Shortly thereafter, in company with other troops, the same men from the 39th manned the "Queen of the West" and the "Webb," and captured the ironclad gun boat "Indianola." On May 15, in the engagement at Raymond, Mississippi, the brigade was assigned to guard the baggage trains, and was involved in a skirmish at Baker's Creek. It then spent 47 days in the trenches, until the Battle of Vicksburg ended Jul. 4, 1863. The regiment surrendered and was paroled with the rest of Lt. Gen. Pemberton's Army. After the surrender at Vicksburg, MS, no more than half the regiment ever reported for duty. All company reports during this period complained of the horrible beef which was furnished, so bad that the men would not eat it. Milton Ball was wounded by a volley shot to his hand and hospitalized at Vicksburg, MS. Milton's daughter, Mahalia was born while he was away at war in 1863.

In the Spring of 1864, about half the brigade, under the command of Gen. Vaughn was ordered to the Valley of Virginia, while the other half, under Col. Bradford's command, remained in the vicinity of Bristol, TN-VA. Part of the regiment, under Maj. McFarland, was in the force that went to Virginia, and participated in various engagements. The regiment losing 46 men killed and wounded out of 118 engaged in the Battle of Piedmont, June 5, 1864, Augusta Co., VA. Milton Ball was wounded and transferred to Charlottesville General Hospital on Jun. 7, 1864.

In Apr. 1865, when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Vaughn's Brigade and others refused to disband at this point and marched across the mountains from Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina and there joined Pres. Jefferson Davis, serving as his escort until his capture, when they were surrendered and paroled at Washington, Georgia.

Milton's daughter Sarah M. was born in Scott County, VA in 1867. The family was living back in Hawkins Co., TN by 1880. Son, James Ball lived in the Lost Mountain area of Greene Co. by 1880. Milton's brother, Lewis pastored New Lebanon Church in the community until 1888. Milton and Louisa moved here by 1900.

1910 Census, Civil District 16, Greene, TN:
Self: Milton Ball, 88y, widowed.
Daughter: Mahala Fields, 38y, widowed.
Granddaughter: Bell S Fields, 4y. 
Family links: 
  William Ball (1775 - 1870)
  Nancy Tate Ball (1788 - 1828)
  Louisa Elizabeth McCarroll Ball (1827 - 1905)
  James Edward Ball (1850 - 1935)*
  Lewis B Ball (1852 - 1926)*
  Mary Ellen Ball Keller (1855 - 1939)*
  Rebecca J. Ball Ball (1857 - 1933)*
  Mahalia Ball Fields (1863 - 1927)*
  Sarah M. Ball Rednour (1867 - 1939)*
  Emma M. Ball Jones (1872 - 1949)*
  Lewis B. Ball (1824 - 1898)*
  Clinton C. Ball (1826 - 1920)*
  Milton Edward Ball (1826 - 1912)
*Calculated relationship
Caney Creek Old Cemetery
Greene County
Tennessee, USA
Maintained by: LostMountainMan
Originally Created by: Ken - TN (inactive)
Record added: Aug 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75102895
Pvt Milton Edward Ball
Added by: LostMountainMan
Pvt Milton Edward Ball
Added by: Ken - TN (inactive)
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Rest In Peace
- Peggy Lamb Swafford
 Added: Mar. 4, 2014
Milton is my 5th generation Grandfather.Grandpa,I love you very much. I feel that I really have gotten to know you so well through doing family history research and learning about you life here on earth. I look forward to meeting you and spending time wit...(Read more)
- Frances Ball Embrey
 Added: Feb. 18, 2014
I can't wait to meet my anster Milton Edward Ball in the next life
- Emma catherine Rademacher
 Added: Sep. 14, 2013
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