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I am a retired Huntsville Alabama Police Officer. I have been a student of local history for many years. My main interests lie in Alabama Civil War Units. One of the saddest things about the Civil War was that so many young men left home and were never heard from again. Their families never knew how or where they died or where they were buried. Thanks to the work of many Findagrave contributors, I have reunited many of these brave men,if only in a virtual cemetery. These cemeteries are a constant work in progress and a tedious undertaking. If you have a relative that has not yet been included, please let me know and it would be my honor to add them. I welcome any and all info on any of my memorials and am always happy to transfer your kin folk. If you visit the memorial of any of these brave men, please honor them in any way you see fit. Whether or not you believe their cause was just, does not matter. What matters is that men from both sides fought and died protecting the only way of life they had ever known. "Alas! In how many Southern homes aching hearts waited through weary months for news of loved ones that never came until the suspense was replaced by the real certainty that the absent one had helped to swell the unknown dead of the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, or the Devil's Den of a Northern land."--J. Howard Wert. Sometimes I come home from work with a sore back or tired feet or maybe even a headache. Then I think of a 18 year old boy lying wounded in a dark field. He's hundreds of miles from home. He's thirsty,hungry and cold. He's crying for his Mama. Or I think of Robert and Sarah Milling, of Dallas County, who lost their five sons to the Confederate cause in the 20th Alabama Infantry. Suddenly, I don't feel so bad afterall.|
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|Lee Culberson||Here's another 17th Alabama boy|
1. Jasper W. Sawyer (1830-1865) married Emmaline Thomas on August 23, 1857 in Randolph County, GA. Emily Thomas was a daughter of John D. Thomas and Nancy Williams. John Thomas was the original settler of the town that became Eufaula. Emmaline (Emily) Thomas Sawyer was reported to be the first white child born in Barbour County.
Jasper enlisted in the 12th Alabama Infantry and served until the end of the war. He was surrendered and paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on April 9, 1865.
The History of Barbour County by Mattie Thomas Thompson, indicated that a “J. Sawyers” was killed by another paroled confederate soldier named John Brady in May 1865 in Eufaula. The death occurred as result of a dispute over the issuing of commissary supplies to war widows. The soldier killed was Jasper W. Sawyer. (A pension roll dated 1907 listed Emeline Sawyer as the recipient of a pension from the state. The information provided showed her husband to have been “Jasper Sawyer” who was “Killed 1865”.)
Emily Thomas Sawyer filed for and received a pension for the service of her husband. In her application, she stated that her husband was Jasper Sawyer who served in the 12th Alabama regiment, and that he had been killed in May 1865. Emily lived in Eufaula until her death on May 25, 1917. Her death certificate stated that her father was John DeLeochiou Thomas. It also stated that she was interred in Fairview Cemetery. Her death certificate was signed by W. P. Copeland. Neither Jasper Sawyer nor Emily Thomas Sawyer graves are marked.
Both are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Eufaula, AL.
|Gary Cowart||Cowart Family|
Thanks for your hard work on Find A Grave.
Many thanks to you for your kindness and assistance for helping to complete another step to the completion of the Cowart Family line.
The transfer of my Cowart family memorials was deeply appreciated,
|betty byram||Alex N Ramsey|
He was in the 16th AL Infantry Find A Grave# 131619136 Please ad. Thank You for all you do for these vets
|betty byram||16th Alabama Infantry|
In a Civil War book I'm reading ("What This Cruel War Was Over" by Chandra Manning), I found a great quote on p.60-61 that I wanted to add to the soldier's bio on your virtual cemeteries, but I can't find his unit. You might not have them. Here's a link to the AL Archives page on him, Thomas Warrick: http://www.archives.alabama.gov/civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=212960
Here's his quote from a letter to his wife:
"I have heard a heap of talk about the Country But I have Seed as much of it as I wount to see if I was Jest free I would com Back to old Coosa in a hery....wountin Give old Coosa for no Country."
Having ridden through Coosa County in the past few days, it is just as beautiful now as ever, and probably not much changed in most places since Thomas Warrick wrote these words.
Thanks if you can find a way to use this, and if not, that's fine.
Also thank you again for the tremendous job that you've done making all of these virtual cemeteries for all of these brave soldiers. I know that it has taken an unflagging commitment on your part to render this service on behalf of all of these soldiers so they will not be forgotten, and will be remembered with their comrades. I know how tedious and time consuming this can be! THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
Added by Debbie on Aug 05, 2017 11:24 PM
|Dedman Institute||Confederate Virtual Cemeteries|
Marcus Lafayette Dedman, brother of Col. James Monroe Dedman of the Twentieth Alabama Infantry Regiment, was a 1Lt in the Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment. He is mentioned several times in "Voices of Company D", the collection of contemporary diaries about the Fifth Alabama Infantry.
His memorial is #39545640. He is buried in Vicksburg, MS.
|Sandra Harris Carney||You Personal Bio.|
I contacted FHTerry who "maintains" this grave but have not heard from him; therefore, I am writing to you.
Why is your personal bio on # 15553619 my great-grandfather Dr. William P. Hooper's bio space?
When this grave sheet is opened, under the Birth & Death info is: "Company C 3rd North Carolina Calvary CSA." (BIO BY HUTCH).
Why is your name next to Dr. Hooper's CSA record?
When (HUTCH) is opened...your bio, virtual
cemetery lists, and accomplishments at find-a-grave take up the entire page. Can you understand how shocked I am see "your stuff" here?
Because there is nothing on this page, did you assume Dr. Hooper had no living family, so you can just write what you want here?
Yes, you write about Alabama veterans here and the need to respect and support them, and that is a noble cause. No,I am not complaining about your topic - veterans. I am a military brat, Daddy fought in WWII and Korea. I love all veterans.
Final question: who gave you permission and approval to use this grave page?
I look forward to resolving this problem, and thank you for your service as a policeman and caretaker for find-a-grave.
Sandra H. Carney
|James Johnston||56th Alabama Calvary|
please add my Great Great Grandfather to your list , DR Pinkney Selkirk Johnston, B: June 18, 1845, D: September 16, 1920, CO K 56 Alabama Calvary, Buried at Indianola Cementery, Oklahoma
Thank you very much for the transfer. The family and I greatly appreciate it.
|R.S. Drake Booth||James N Van Pelt|
#68667967 Friends have possibly found the actual burial site for James N Van Pelt in Town Creek, Alabama. I have posted pictures to the his Memorial page. Would you possibly be able to tell us more about James N Van Pelt, his life, and his service in the 9th Regiment , Company I, CSA ?
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