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Asa Pennington
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Birth: May 30, 1837
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 26, 1894
Hamilton County
Texas, USA

Asa, along with his three brothers, James, Simeon and John, enlisted in the Confederate Army for the duration of the war on March 12, 1862, at Coryell County, TX. He was a private in Co. K, 10th Texas Infantry, also called Nelson's Reg't.

A cousin, Riggs Pennington, transferred from another unit to the 10th Texas, to be with the boys he had grown up with in Missouri.

After training for a time in Texas, the 10th Texas was sent to Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post. Wanting to stop the disruption caused by the Confederates on the Mississippi River, the Union attacked the Confederate encampment in January 1863. After a two day battle, the Union took the battle and captured approximately 3500 Confederate prisoners. Asa, as well as his younger brothers, Simeon and John, were sent by boat up river to Camp Douglas, Illinois. Camp Douglas was a place filled with the horrors of death and deprivation. It was later referred to as the Andersonville of the North. The prisoners had little to eat, were often deprived of what little clothing they had to prevent escape. Many died of diseae brought on by the cold and the rain that flooded the camp.

Asa, Simeon and John lived to be paroled from Camp Douglas on April 1, 1863, arriving in City Point, Virgina on April 7. Asa and John spent almost 3 months in hospitals before becoming fit to return to battle. Asa would be the only one of these three brothers to return home to Texas after the war.

Simeon, lived only two days after arriving in Virginia. John returned to battle with Asa, but died a year later in the battle of Jonesboro, Georgia.

Of the five Penningtons who served in the 10th Texas, Asa, James, John, Simeon and cousin Riggs, only two survived. Asa and James would each leave a part of themselves on the fields of war with their brothers and young cousin.

Family links: 
  Corbin L. Pennington (1805 - 1880)
  Elizabeth McGehee Pennington (1812 - ____)
  Nancy Jane Magill Pennington (1851 - 1880)*
  John L. Pennington (1869 - 1943)*
  Mary Elizabeth Pennington Christian (1871 - 1960)*
  George Washington Pennington (1876 - 1940)*
  Lilly Pearl Pennington Wornick (1878 - 1971)*
  James Frank Pennington (1880 - 1935)*
  Rachel Lane Pennington Haley (1829 - 1896)*
  Matilda Pennington Stahl (1831 - 1902)*
  James Allen Pennington (1833 - 1916)*
  Asa Pennington (1837 - 1894)
  John Pennington (1840 - 1864)*
  Simeon Pennington (1842 - 1863)*
  Nancy Jane Pennington Hitt (1844 - ____)*
  Corbin Lane Pennington (1849 - 1925)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Pennington Beckett (1850 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Live Oak Cemetery
Hamilton County
Texas, USA
Created by: JLLL
Record added: Sep 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42152697
Asa Pennington
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Asa Pennington
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Asa Pennington
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 Added: May. 7, 2012

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