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George Washington Hinshaw
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Birth: Dec., 1822, USA
Death: May 27, 1907, USA

My great-great-grandfather:

George Washington Hinshaw was the son of Thomas and ? (possibly Elizabeth) Hinshaw. Thomas Hinshaw was born in North Carolina and was one of the earliest settlers of Paint Rock Valley, Jackson Co., AL.

George Washington married Elizabeth Jane Robertson in 1848. Elizabeth was the daughter of James W. Robertson, Sr., and Mary Robertson.

Children:
James N., Mary A., William A., Thomas Benton, George Washington, Jr., Martha Ann, David Franklin, Robert Tribble, John T., and Joseph Anderson

He served, as a Confederate, in the Home Guard as a 2nd Lieutenant during the Civil War.

Civil War story given to me from Ron Prince (my distant Prince cousin).

As the Civil War progressed into the winter of 1864-65, the Rebels were on their last straw, having been beaten by the overwhelming power of the Yankee armies. During this time the lawless men became embolden due to the breakdown of law and order. They began to prey on the helpless women and children whose husbands had been killed, wounded or taken prisoner. The older men, boys, wounded Rebel soldiers, and others of Paint Rock Valley in Jackson County had no arms or ammunition with which to defend against these lawless "bushwhackers". In desperation, the good men of Paint Rock Valley, including Rebel Captain William Henry Prince, appealed to Yankee General Milroy, to furnish them arms and ammo to fight these lawless men. To General Milroy's credit he paid heed to their plight and supplied them with guns, ammunition and other supplies they needed to fight the bushwhackers.

A Home Guard was formed. My g-g-grandpa, George W. Hinshaw, was elected Lieutenant, my g-g-g-grandpa, William Henry Prince, elected Sergeant Major, and my g-g-grandpa, John Bishop, was elected 1st Lieutenant.

This must have been a unique Civil War experience to have the Yankee army provide guns and ammunition to former Rebel soldiers who were fighting against the Yankees just weeks or months earlier! This Home Guard brought some semblance of law and order to the Paint Rock Valley before the war ended in April 1865.


 
 
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 Parents:
  
Thomas Hinshaw (1797 - 1869)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Jane Robertson Hinshaw (1824 - 1893)
 
 Children:
  William A. Hinshaw (1849 - 1933)*
  T. (Thomas) B. (Benton) Hinshaw (1854 - 1939)*
  George Washington Hinshaw (1856 - 1893)*
  Martha Ann Hinshaw Austill (1857 - 1934)*
  David F Henshaw (1860 - 1942)*
  Robert Tribble Henshaw (1863 - 1948)*
  Joseph A Henshaw (1869 - 1935)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Bostick Hill Cemetery
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
 
Created by: Joanie
Record added: Feb 28, 2007
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George Washington Hinshaw
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George Washington Hinshaw
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George Washington Hinshaw
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Honoring your memory, g-g-grandpa....
- Joanie
 Added: Jan. 30, 2015
What a unique Civil War experience to have the Yankee army provide guns and ammunition to former Rebel soldiers who were fighting against the Yankees just weeks or months earlier than this incident. Just shows you how God's Love works! That sure is an awe...(Read more)
- Carole Whittemore
 Added: May. 5, 2014
Thinking of YOU this Christmas season. Blessings......
- Joanie
 Added: Dec. 19, 2013
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