Col James H Cawthon

Col James H Cawthon

Tennessee, USA
Death 18 Aug 1861 (aged 52)
Caplinger Mills, Cedar County, Missouri, USA
Burial Caplinger Mills, Cedar County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 18371993 · View Source
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On a cold, dreary Saturday, April 29, morning, descendants and community members joined to remember and honor a father and son who lost their lives during the Civil War.

Colonel James Cawthon and Captain James W. Cawthon were given memorial stones in Caplinger Cemetery for their service during the war. The Col. John T. Coffee Camp #1934, Sons of Confederate Veterans, 2nd Missouri Calvary color guard presented the colors, and chaplain Bob Phillips provided the invocation. Eldon Steward provided the remembrance of the two gentlemen.

James Cawthon entered the pro-Confederate Missouri state guard in early 1861. He was elected captain of Company D, Fourth Cavalry Regiment, Eighth Division. He later was elected colonel of the regiment. He faced Gen. Lyon on Bloody Hill and prevailed after Lyon was killed. Toward the end of the battle, Cawthon was injured in the foot. His leg was amputated after getting gangrene. He died eight days after being injured from problems and disease in a hospital in Springfield. His body was brought back to Caplinger Mills to the family farm on the east side of Sac River.

James W. Cawthon, Jr. was involved in the war, but his contributions were cut short when he was taken to a Confederate prison in Ohio. He died from pneumonia.
The dedication ceremony was in honor of these two men who gave their lives to break Missouri free from the tyranny of invasion. Both men served in the Fourth Missouri Cavalry of the Confederate States of America.

Linda Carlton sang several hymns during the dedication, including "Amazing Grace." All participants were invited to take the walk of remembrance and to touch the top of the stones of the two men. After the walk, the color guard gave a rifle salute in honor of them.
Biographical information was taken from Patrick Brophy's article "He fought alongside Vernon Countians."

Col. James H. Cawthon was married to Bethany Cawthon. Bethany was born 10-7-1814 in Tennessee. They had seven children as follows:

William A. Cawthon
James W. Cawthon
Sarah Ann Cawthon
R. Elizabeth Cawthon
Mary L.J.T. Cawthon
Samuel Horn Cawthon
Virginia E. Cawthon

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  • Created by: B J Epperson
  • Added: 12 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18371993
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col James H Cawthon (3 May 1809–18 Aug 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18371993, citing Caplinger Mills Cemetery, Caplinger Mills, Cedar County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by B J Epperson (contributor 46834162) .