Monday, December 16, 2013

Ex-Confederates to Furnish Data, 1882

There was a rather full attendance of ex-confederates at the Cotton Exchange last night, the object being to collect and furnish data of the late war to Dr. John Berrien Lindsley, of Nashville, who is writing the Military History of Tennessee.

Colonel Luke W. Finlay was called to the chair, and Major C.W. Frazer was chosen Secretary.

Captain Beasley offered the following resolutions:

  Whereas, In order to carry out the wishes of Dr. Lindsley, to obtain the names and residences of all confederate soldiers, who were enrolled by the State of Tennessee, killed and wounded during the late war, it is
  Resolved, That each person present be requested to furnish the Secretary of this meeting with his full name, the name of his company and the number of the regiment in which he served.
  Resolved, that staff and other than line officers be requested to give their names and the commands to which they were attached.
  Resolved, That a suitable committee be selected from each regiment represented, to be known as ---- Regimental Executive Committee, to compile in proper shape mattes in trusted to them.
  Resolved, That each person furnish to his Regimental Executive Committee, in writing, all matters of interest in connection with the information sought for by this meeting.
  Resolved, That it shall be our pleasure, as it is our bounden duty, to have the names of our fellow comrades indelibly inscribed on Tennessee's roll of honor.
  The resolutions were adopted.

  James H. Edmondson moved that J.R. Flippin, T.J. Turley, B.J. Semmes, F.R. Brennan and John Waynesburg be appointed Executive Committee for the One Hundred and Fifty fourthe regiment. Carried.
  Captain Beasley moved that the representatives of each regiment present, or as many as may be selected therefrom, be constituted the Executive Committee of said regiment or independent commands.
  For the Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, Messrs. W.F. Taylor, J.T. Lawler, J.T. Hillsman, W.A. Collier and R.J. Black were appointed a committee.
  For the Ninth Infantry, Messrs. L. B. McFarland, C.G. Locke and R.C. Williamson were appointed.
  For the Thirty-seventh Infantry, Messrs. Moses White, R. Dudley Frayser and J. Harvey Mathes appointed.
  For the Fifteenth Tennessee, Messrs. Charles Carroll, Fred Wolf, John Scheick, John Dwyer, of Millington, and W.H. Pipes of Clinton, Ia., were chosen.
  For the Fifth Confederate, Messrs. C.W. Frazer, Wm. Smith and R.J. Person were selected.
  Captain Beasley moved that Messrs. A.J. Vaughan, C.R. Barteau, J.R. Flippin, M.C. Gallaway, G.W. Gordon, W.Y.C. Humes, C.W. Frazer, T.W. Brown and Luke W. Finlay be constituted a committee to collect any information they may have or receive, and forward it to Dr. Lindsley.  Carried.
  The object of the meeting and subject of gathering and furnishing correct material for Dr. Lindsley's use were freely discussed and apparently well understood by all present.  The importance of promptness and correctness was especially impressed upon the minds of all.
  Captain R.J. Black called attention to the fact that the Confederate graves at Elmwood are yet unenclosed.  A handsome amount was subscribed and further action promised, after which the meeting adjourned.
  The following is a roster of those who participated in the meeting:
  J.C. McDavitt, First Lieutenant, Bankhead's Battery of Light Artillery.
  Fred R. Brennan, Bluff City Grans, Company B, One Hundred and Fifty fourth regiment, McDonald's division.
  P.J. Kelly, company A, Second Tennessee (Knox Walker's) regiment.
  J.T. Jefferson, Company A, Fourth Tennessee regiment, (John T. Jefferson)
  J.E. Beasley, Company A, Fourth Tennessee regiment, (James Edward Beasley)
  J.A. Omberg, Company A, Fourth Tennessee regiment, (James A. Omberg)
  L.W. Finlay, Lieutenant-Colonel Fourth Tennessee regiment, (Luke W. Finlay)
  H.A. Field, Company A, Fourth Tennessee regiment,
  O.C. White, Company G, One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Senior Tennessee regiment,
  J.H. Edmondson, company B, One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Senior Tennessee regiment, (James H. Edmonson)
  Nat R. Nelson, first Lieutenant, First Tennessee regiment,
  R.J. Black, Lieutenant, Company B, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry,
  T.B. Turley, Company L, One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Senior Tennessee regiment, (Thomas Battle Turley)
  H.C. Evans, Company E, One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Senior Tennessee regiment,
  J. Harvey Mathes, of Company C, Thirty-seventh Tennessee,
  J.T. Hillsman, Company A, Seventh regiment, (John T. Hillsman)
  J.W. Cochran, Company L, Seventh regiment,
  B.J. Semmes, Company L, Seventh regiment,
  R.B. Spillman, Company L, Seventh regiment,
  Jake Wood, company L, Seventh regiment,
  Walter A. Goodman, Captain, First division Forrest's Cavalry,
  John A. Powel, Lieutenant, bluff City Grays,
  B. Richmond, Of Second Kentucky Cavalry,
  Thomas T. Taylor, of McDonald's battalion,
  Luke K. Wright, Lieutenant, of Phillip's Battery, Light Artillery,
  H.H. Avent, Captain, Company B, Fourteenth Infantry,
  Minor Meriwether, Lieutenant Colonel under General Dick Taylor,
  C.G. Locke, Company C, Ninth Tennessee Regiment,
  Pat Flannigan, private, Company E, Second regiment,
  W.H. Rhea, private, Company E, Second regiment,
  John W. Waynesburg, Company D, One Hundred and fifty-fourth Senior Tennessee regiment,
  J.T. Lawler, Captain, Company C, Seventh Tennessee regiment,
  O.H.P. Piper, Memphis Southern Guards,
  R.C. Malone Jr., Memphis Southern Guards,
  C.W. Frazer, Captain, Company B, Fifth Confederate Infantry.

One of the morning papers makes a slight error in its report of the ex-Confederate meeting of last night which we will correct, not because it is a matter of importance, but for the sake of absolute accuracy.  Mr. J. Harvey Mathes, though once offered a position, never served on General Bate's personal staff.  After General Bate was promoted to Major General and took command of Breckinridge's division Mr. Mathes, who had been absent on detached service for a time, was assigned to staff duty at Dalton with General  Bate's old brigade, then known as Tyler's, and composed of Tenth and Thirtieth Tennessee, Fifteenth and Thirty-seventh Tennessee, Twentieth Tennessee regiments and the Fourth battalion of Georgia Sharpshooters, and served with it up to the bloody 22d of July, 1864.  He was Adjutant of the regiment during a greater part of the war.  Both the Adjutant and Lieutenant Colonel, R. Dudley Frayser, kept copious diaries throughout the war, which are in existence yet, but have never been read even by themselves.  Each diary is a large book of several hundred pages of foolscap--enough of the raw material to make a larger book than Dr. Lindsley is likely to write.  The first Colonel of the Thirty-seventh Tennessee was the senior Wm. H. Carroll, of this city, afterwards Brigadier General, and finally a refugee in Canada, where he died.  The next Colonel was Moses White, of Knoxville, and R. Dudley Frayser was Lieutenant-Colonel.  he (Frayser) was in command of the consolidated regiment, if not of a skeleton brigade, at the surrender of Johnston's army in North Carolina.  Colonel White was taken prisoner in Georgia, sent north, and set apart as a hostage along with others.  He made one of the most daring escapes on record, and passed through the Confederate lines at Grenada, Miss, just before the surrender.  The regiment was composed of one Middle Tennessee company, one from Alabama, one from Georgia, near Chattanooga, and seven from East Tennessee.  It was composed mainly of good fighting material, but lacked coherency and harmony.  it was badly demoralized at Mill Spring, terribly cut up at Perryville, Murfreesboro and in other fights, which finally led to its consolidation with the Fifteenth Tennessee, raised about Memphis, and first commanded by Colonel Chas. Carroll.  this was as game a regiment as there was in the service, and some of the boys could go further and bring back bigger loads of poultry and well filled canteens between dark and daylight than any of their most envious rivals in other regiments.  Not many of them are left.  it would be a difficult matter to get twenty five members of both these old regiments together.

Originally posted in the Public Ledger December 16 1882

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