There is a "cenotaph" in honor of Sgt. James M. Compton, C.S.A Veteran, in the Mooringsport Cemetery, Caddo, LA placed beside his daughter's headstone, Alice Compton Smith #85217454, by the S.C.V. James McCain Compton's interment was in the Cole Family Cemetery.
James was the oldest child of Robert S. Compton(1808-1880) and Rebecca G. McCain Compton (1819- ?). Their marriage was recorded in Montgomery, AL-Book D, p. 218-Nov. 20, 1838.
Robert and Rebecca had nine children born in Montgomery County, AL. James M. Compton appeared on the original roll of Company I, Ist AL Inf. Reg., C.S.A. know as the "Wilcox True Blues" in Montgomery, AL, 1861. He was 21 years of age. He would re-enlist in Pensacola, FL and was in the battle of Shiloh, Farmington, Chicamauga, and Murfeesboro. James was captured Nov. 25, 1863 at Lookout Mt., Missionary Ridge, TN, and transferred to Rock Island Barracks Prison, IL and was among the first group to be sent there. He remained in Rock Is. Prison until May 23, 1865, then transferred to New Orleans, LA. and released in Shreveport, LA on June 23, 1865. On Dec. 19, 1865, Caddo Parish, LA, James married Nancy Aveline Iles McCain, widow of his first cousin, George Pemberton McCain. James and N. Aveline had great hopes for the future as James attented the University of Louisiana (now Tulane) in New Orleans and received a Doctor of Medicine degree with the Class of 1872. It was said that Dr. Compton was highly regarded in his Caddo community. Sadly, he passed away suddenly in 1876, dashing his family's hope for a brighter future after the Civil War, leaving Nancy Aveline with young children to rear. James left three McCain stepsons and four children of his own: John F., Sudie N., Robert W., and Alice Brown Compton. Alice often recalled how different things would have been for her family had he lived. However, her pride in his accomplishments remained with her always. One of his and N. Aveline's dreams had been to educate their daughters as well as their sons.
One of Dr. Compton's descendants inherited his diploma from the Universiy of Louisiana, another his pocketwatch, and my grandmother, his portrait. James kept journals during the Civil War and afterward, until his death. Unfortunately, these were lost, ruined in storage at the home of William F. McCain, his oldest stepson. Descendants of his daughter, Sudie Compton Newton, may have a few ledger/s of his journals. Dr. James McCain Compton was buried in an unmarked grave at the Cole Family Cemetery, near Blanchard, Louisiana. Records from University Archivist, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane, LA, state he was the 1466th graduate of the medical school, that he died of malarial hematoma in Shreveport, 1876, and he had served in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America from 1861-1865. He survived battles, twenty months in Rock Island Prison Barracks, completed medical school in New Orleans at University of LA, to pass away at the early age of thirty-six.
Robert S. Compton (1808 - 1880)
Nancy Aveline Iles Compton (1836 - 1905)
John F. Compton (1867 - 1941)*
Sudie Noel Compton Newton (1868 - 1955)*
Robert Warren Compton (1871 - 1921)*
Alice Compton Smith (1874 - 1961)*
Cole Family Cemetery
Created by: Alice
Record added: Jul 01, 2012
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