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Pvt Ed Tanner
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Birth: 1839
Death: Aug., 1866
Limestone County
Alabama, USA

[NOTE: Post-civil war obituaries and other newspaper articles would be considered hugely politically incorrect by modern standards, so you've been warned. Edwin Tanner was a plantation owner and thus a slave owner, last listed in the 1860 US census of Limestone county AL. There was much vengeance exacted by former slaves in the post-Civil War era south and this appears to have been the case here.]

Edwin Tanner, son of Peterson Tanner and ex-Confederate soldier living three miles from Athens, was called out of his house, dragged into the road and shot by Negro soldiers in August 1866. It so happened that Tanner's wife had just given birth to a son and Dr. N. D. Richardson, the attending physician, was there. The doctor sent a faithful ex-slave of his to Athens to notify the Ku Klux Klan members to come and capture the murderers. Plantation bells, signal of danger among the Klan, started ringing over the county. Sue Davis recalled that she was awakened by the bell at their home in the east end of the county, and saw her father, dressed in Klan regalia, kissing her mother goodbye. The Klan members pursued the murderers to the Tennessee River, where members of the guilty party tried to cross the railroad bridge by foot, met an oncoming train and jumped into the river. Some escaped and some were drowned. Edwin Tanner's will was probated by Samuel Tanner, Jr., on 29 August 1866.

(Excerpted from "Limestone After Appomattox" by Faye Acton Axford). 
Family links: 
  Peterson Tanner (1808 - 1872)
  Sarah Chaffin Redus Tanner (1818 - 1901)
  Ed Tanner (1839 - 1866)
  Lucy Ann Tanner Dewoody (1843 - 1917)*
  Sarah Chaffin Tanner Mitchell (1848 - 1925)*
  Ella Tanner Hatchett (1854 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship
Pvt Co. F 62 Ala Infantry
Confederate States Army
Athens City Cemetery
Limestone County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: scienceguy48
Originally Created by: Mary Jo
Record added: Aug 26, 2008
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Pvt Ed Tanner
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Pvt Ed Tanner
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Pvt Ed Tanner
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 Added: Feb. 13, 2009
In honor of a CSA soldier.
 Added: Aug. 26, 2008

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