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Pvt John Robertson Massey

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Pvt John Robertson Massey

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 15 Jun 1864
  • Burial Boonshill, Lincoln County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 10647149

MASSEY, John Robertson. Pvt.

Enlisted; 29 Apr 1861 at Boons Hill, Lincoln Co., aged 30;
Transferred to artillery company on 5 July 1861;
Absent on sick leave 27 Nov 1861 with chronic bronchitis and inflammation of the throat;
At home in Fayetteville, Lincoln Co., 28 Feb 1862; Discharged 6 Mar 1862.

Killed by Union soldiers at his home, "brutally murdered, riddled with bullets in 1864";

An article in the "Lincoln County Pioneer" magazine, Vol VI, Number 1 (September 1976):

On the 15th day of June, 1864, Gen. Payne, commanding Federal troops, came to Fayetteville, Tennessee, and had arrested three men, Thos. MASSEY, Wm. PICKET, and F. BURROUGHS, and ordered them shot.

John R. MASSEY, a discharged Confederate soldier from the 1st TN Regt. Infantry (Turney's Regt.) hearing of the order, went to Gen. PAYNE and told him he had the wrong MASSEY, that his brother, Thos. MASSEY, had never been in the army, and had a family with small children, and had nothing to do with the army, but if he must have MASSEY blood, to take him, and turn his brother loose, that he had been a Confederate soldier and was discharged.

"Whereupon, the General ordered Thos. MASSEY released and John R. MASSEY shot in his stead, with Wm. PICKETT and F. BURROUGHS, which was immediately done, without a court-martial or trial, on the 15th day of June, 1864.

He also ordered that their bodies should remain on the ground all day, evidently to terrorize and intimidate the citizens of Lincoln County, who were intensely Southern.

The citizens were afraid to carry the bodies into their homes.
"At sundown Mrs. Milly GOODRICH, widow of John GOODRICH, told them to carry the bodies to a storehouse she owned on the west side of the public square at Fayetteville, and keep them until they were to be buried, which was done. A number of young men and ladies sat up with the bodies all night. "They were buried by the citizens of the town the next day in the cemetery by the Presbyterian Church. John R. MASSEY was buried on the plot owned by John GOODRICH' family ...

"Those men were shot near Mrs. GOODRICH'S home, on the hill now occupied by the Lincoln County High School."


~A Confederate Martyr~





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