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Pvt Milton Edward Ball
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1826
New Canton
Hawkins County
Tennessee, USA
Death: 1912
Greene County
Tennessee, USA

Dec. 20, 1849: age 23; married to Louisa Elizabeth McCarroll, age 22, by Rev. Murrell McLain, Minister of the Gospel, at Hawkins County, TN.

1850: District 16, Hawkins, Tennessee
Milton Ball 29 Tennessee, laborer
Eliza Ball 20 Tennessee

James E. Ball (1850-1935)
Lewis B. Ball (1852-1926)
Mary Ellen Keller (1855-1939)
Rebecca Jane Ball (1857-1933)
David Ball (1860-1900)
Mahala Fields (1863-1927)
Sarah M. "Sallie" Rednour (1867-1939)
child (died young)
child (died young)
Emma M. Jones (1872-1949)

1860: 16th District, New Canton, Hawkins, Tennessee
Milton Ball 33 Tennessee, farmer, estate $100
Louisa Ball 33 Tennessee
Lewis Ball 8 Tennessee
James Ball 10 Tennessee
Mary Ball 5 Tennessee
Rebecca Ball 2 Tennessee

Mar. 18, 1862: age 36; Milton and his twin brother Clinton C. Ball were mustered into the Confederate States Army at Rogersville Junction (Bull's Gap), TN. Both served as Privates in Company "G", 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, Bradley County, TN (160 miles from home) via train. It arrived in Jackson, Mississippi 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. Within the trenches of Vicksburg, the regiment now faced 47 days of siege where "there was not a minute of time either day or night but what was made hideous by either the boom of cannon, screeches of bomb shells or roar of musketry... the suffering was terrible in ditches in June, in a hot climate, and an almost unremitting fire of sharpshooters was kept up during all hours of daylight during the whole time, varied by brisk cannonading."

All company reports during this period complained of the horrible beef which was furnished, so bad that the men would not eat it. On June 29, Issac Stamper recorded: "Some of our boys bought some small cakes made of cornbread at four and five dollars a cake. This was almost starvation but all were willing to hold on as long as there was any hopes of relief rather than submit to Yankee tyranny." When the Battle of Vicksburg ended Jul. 4, 1863, the regiment surrendered and was paroled with the rest of Lt. Gen. Pemberton's Army. One soldier noted: "We were sorry we had to bow to our oppressors but thankful that we were alive. We are proud to know that we had held a terrible foe 48 days on twelve days rations." During the six-month Vicksburg campaign, a considerable number of men died from typhoid fever, measles, smallpox, diarrhea, dysentery and various other aliments. After the surrender at Vicksburg, no more than half the regiment ever reported for duty. Milton Ball was wounded by a volley shot to his hand and hospitalized at Vicksburg, MS. Louisa gave birth to daughter, Mahala while Milton was at war in Aug. 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 and Louisa's daughter, Sarah M. was born at Scott County, VA in 1867. The family was living back in Hawkins Co., TN by 1880:

1880: 16th District, Hawkins, Tennessee
Melton Ball Self 53 Tennessee, farmer, cannot write
Luisia Ball Wife 53 Tennessee, keeping house
Mahalia Ball Daughter 15 Tennessee
Sarah Ball Daughter 12 Tennessee
M E Ball Daughter 9 Tennessee
David Ball Son 19 Tennessee, farmer
Rebecca Ball Daughter 23 Tennessee, keeping house

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 to Lost Mountain by 1900.

1900: Civil District 16, Greene, Tennessee
Melton E Ball Head 74, Feb 1826 Tennessee, farmer
Louisa J Ball Wife 74, Apr 1826 Tennessee, mother of 10 children, 8 living children
Lewis B Ball Son 52, Dec 1848 Tennessee, farm laborer
Mahala Ball Daughter 37, Aug 1863 Tennessee
Herbert C Ball Grandson 10, Mar 1890 Tennessee 
Family links: 
  William Ball (1775 - 1870)
  Nancy Tate Ball (1788 - 1840)
  Louisa Elizabeth McCarroll Ball (1827 - 1905)
  James Edward Ball (1850 - 1935)*
  Lewis B. Ball (1852 - 1926)*
  Mary Ellen Ball Keller (1855 - 1939)*
  Rebecca Jane Ball Ball (1857 - 1933)*
  Mahala Ball Fields (1863 - 1927)*
  Sarah M. Ball Rednour (1867 - 1939)*
  Emma M. Ball Jones (1872 - 1949)*
  Nancy Ball Bailey (1815 - 1905)*
  Nancy Sibba Ball Bradley (1815 - 1906)*
  Lewis B. Ball (1824 - 1898)*
  Milton Edward Ball (1826 - 1912)
  Clinton C. Ball (1826 - 1920)*
  William Solomon Ball (1830 - 1862)*
*Calculated relationship
Caney Creek Old Cemetery
Greene County
Tennessee, USA
Maintained by: Lost Mountaineer
Originally Created by: Ken - TN
Record added: Aug 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75102895
Pvt Milton Edward Ball
Added by: Ken - TN
Pvt Milton Edward Ball
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