|Birth: ||Mar., 1841|
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 1908|
From the Confederate Veteran March 1908
Capt. A. C. Irvine.
After several weeks of illness, Capt. A.C. Irvine passed away January 12, 1908, at his home in Gainesville, Texas.
Adam C. Irvine came from a long line of distinguished citizens of Virginia and Kentucky. His grandfather was a hero of the early struggles in the "dark and Bloody Ground." His uncle was a major in the War of 1812 and became a prisoner of the English when General Winchester was defeated at the battle of River Raisin, on January 22, 1813. After the war he served as a member of the Kentucky Legislature. Another uncle, David Irvine, was County Clerk of Madison County Kentucky for forty years.
His father, Albert G. Irvine, removed to missouri in 1835 and in 1837 married Mrs. Ann Howell Brown, who had returned from Texas as the widow of Capt. John Brown, who came to Texas in 1824. Captain Brown was a prisoner among the Indians for eighteen months, and was afterwards a merchant in San Antonio.) The father of Captain Irvine was a pious man and filled a local Methodist pulpit in Kentucky; but he was game, and would brook no insult. He was once insulted in Cincinnati by a burly policeman and quickly throwing off his ministerial coat, he administered a good thrashing to the minion of the law.
At the age of twenty Adam C. Irvine enlisted in Troop K, 3d Texas Cavalry, and served throughout the war without ever returning home. Of his Texas commanders were Whitfield and Ross. Later he was with W. H. Jackson, while in the latter part of the war he was with Forrest. His first battle was Oak Hills, Mo. In 1862 he was in the battle of Elkhorn, where Generals McCulloch and McIntosh fell. He crossed the Mississippi with Gen. Van Dorn. In the reorganization at Corinth he was elected lieutenant, and soon afterwards became first lieutenant. He was with Beauregard in the retreat from Tupelo, and was in the battle of Iuka. In Van Dorn's great raid on Holly Springs he commanded the scouts. In the fight at Middleburg he was highly complimented for his work and was promoted to a captaincy.
As a captain in Ross's Brigade, he saw service day and night for four weeks on picket duty, as his command covered the retreat to Jackson. The hard service in sandy bottoms caused Captain Irvine to lose his sight, and he was in the hospital for some time; but he recovered in time to lead the raid on Bolton Depot and the capture of the place with many prisoners. He next encountered seventy-four negroes while in a flanking party near Vicksburg, and it is state that only two of the and one of their white officers escaped alive. Under General Forrest Captain Irvine participated in the battles of Franklin and Murfreesboro. Later he went West with Ross, and his command surrendered at Clinton, LA., on June 22, 1865.
After the war he returned to Texas, and in 1870 returned to Tennessee, where he again met Miss Moss; and on October 11, 1870, they were married. (Actually, the Tennessee state license says the marriage took place Oct 11, 1869) They lived for ten years in Pulaski, and then returned to Texas. He had been in Gainesville for many years, and was a man who was loved by all who knew him. At the time of his death he was Quartermaster General of the Third Division of Forrest's Cavalry, United Confederate Veterans.
Captain Irvine is survived by a widow and one daughter, Mrs. Oscar F. Scott, of Gainesville.
Mary Frances Moss Irvine (1846 - 1927)*
Annie F. Irvine Scott (1870 - 1958)*
Created by: Mary & Kent
Record added: Sep 13, 2011
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