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Pvt Samuel Merrill Raney

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Pvt Samuel Merrill Raney

  • Birth 14 Mar 1847 Lincoln County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 15 Mar 1950 Franklin County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 7155236

Samuel Merrill Raney joined the 34th Tennessee Infantry, CSA when he was only 15 years old. He was part of the infantry and during the later part of the civil war he was a fife player. He fought in such battles as Murfeesboro, Bull Run, Cumberland Gap and Cannaway.

After the war he married Mahala Jane Cagle and they settled in Alabama and then Texas where he farmed between the Texas towns of Clarksville and Mount Vernon.

"Rebel Raney" as he was sometimes called, never forgot the war. He was once quoted as saying " Them Yankess is all right they'll let me alone and not argue with me. I don't want a Yankee to dispute my word." He gave his rendition of the Rebel Yell on many occasions during his early years.

Samuel M. Raney died March 15 1950, one day after turning 103 years old. He was the last surviving Confederate veteran in the State of Texas.


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  • Created by: Lori Richards
  • Added: 6 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7155236
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Samuel Merrill Raney (14 Mar 1847–15 Mar 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7155236, citing Providence Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Lori Richards (contributor 46552199) .