|Birth: ||May 8, 1844|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 1927|
George W Speck
(from brownwood bulletin August 25, 1909 edition)
G W Speck is a native of Overton county, Tennessee. He enlisted in Company Im 25th Tennesseeans, Staton's Regiment, in the fall of 1861, was first at Camp Zollicoffer, where he was drilled with an old squirrel rifle. Then he went to Camp Myers and drew a flint-lock musket. From there he went to Mill Springs, Fishing Creek, where Zollikoffer was killed, and he had his first real war experience. They were forced to give up Mill Springs, leaving wagon train, camp equipage and all behind. This was followed by a forced march to Shiloh, and for three days after leaving Mill Springs these soldiers tramped without one bite of food to eat, and the first rations drawn was flour with nothing to mix with it, nothing to cook on, nothing to cook with. They made a fire, got two boards, mixed flour and water on one, and cooked the mixture on the other, and Mr Speck says that after the three days fast this was the best meal he ever ate in his life. They failed to reach Shiloh for service, though they were close enough to hear the cannon the last day of the fight. They then went on to Corinth, engaging in a heavy picket fight five miles from Corinth, then at Corinth, then at Tupelo, Mississippi. From there they went by way of Mobile up the Alabama river to Montgomery, where he received his discharge, being still under 18 years of age. He then went home for a few days, but was not satisfied to remain there long, so re-enlisted in Company A, 8th Tennessee Cavalry, Dibrel's Regiment, and was with Forest the last years of the war.
All who are acquainted with Forest's war record know that he had plenty of fighting to do and to recite all of Mr Speck's experiences would be to go over the history of that record which was one of brilliant achievements and successes with the possible exception of the Battle of Parker's Cross Roads.
Mr Speck has lived in Brownwood several years where he has made a large circle of aquaintances and friends.
He is thought to have either been a member or attended the Stonewall Jackson Confederate Veterans Camp that met in Brownwood, Texas.
Drue Ella Speck Stutzman (1869 - 1949)*
Oda Speck Taylor (1875 - 1952)*
Plot: Forest Lawn Sec, Lot 53 Space 1
Created by: Ed Walker
Record added: Feb 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84754666
Added: Feb. 10, 2012