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"Boys being boys, young WG strayed too close to the Yankee camp --- and was captured. They painted a target on his butt, turned him loose, and, yelling, "Run, Boy, Run!!" took pot shots at him."

--- W.G. Barrett family legend as to his nickname "Ringtail"










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"Col. Drake accused him of desertion (not true) and busted him to private. Two days later he really did desert and walked home to Mississippi. Drake and 40% of the regiment became casualties a few days later at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek."

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"Dan, I will beat you to those Yankees over yonder." Says I, "Captain, I will get there by the time you do."

Conversation at Franklin, TN between Capt. J.E. Simmons & Pvt. D.J. Wilson




















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Biographies, Photos and Anecdotes
Company A

Pvt. L. W. Allen

The Carthaginian - 1925

On November 22, 1924, L. W. Allen, an ex-Confederate soldier was called to answer his final summons.

He enlisted into service in February, 1862, at Mt. Bethel, Leake County under Captain A. R. Booth of the 33rd Mississippi Volunteers.

He fought in the battles of Corinth, Bakers Creek, New Hope Church and all the engagements from Dalton to Atlanta, Ga. On July 20, 1864, he was wounded in the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, Ga. The wound followed him to his grave. He was born December 22, 1841 and was married September 2, 1866 to Miss Mary M. Yeager,
whose departure preceded him by about one year.

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Pvt. Arthur Barrett

Arthur Barrett was born 1830 in AL. His parents were Arthur Barrett born 1798 in Greenville, SC and Mary Carradine. His grandfather was Reuben Barrett born about 1755 and served in the Revolutionary War.

He and his brother W.G. Barrett enlisted in Enterprise, MS for Co. A, 33rd MS Infantry Regiment, CSA. He was taken prisoner near Jonesboro, GA on September 4, 1864, and sent to Camp Douglas, IL, and discharged on June 17, 1865.

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Pvt. William Grant Barrett

William Grant Barrett was born March 28, 1831 in Pickens Co, AL. His parents were Arthur Barrett born 1798 in Greenville, SC and Mary Carradine. His grandfather was Reuben Barrett born about 1755 and served in the Revolutionary War.

William Grant enlisted in Co. A, 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment at Neshoba County,Pvt. W.G. Barrett & wife Harriet MS March 8, 1862, along with his brother Arthur Barrett.

His Confederate pension application (August 1900) states that he served until the close of the war in 1865. He was wounded March,1864 at Atlanta, GA and was discharged when his unit surrendered at Greensboro, NC.

Family legend has it that he was nicknamed "Ringtail" Barrett. As young Confederates, they often found themselves encamped uncomfortably close to Yankee camps. Boys being boys, young WG strayed too close to the Yankee camp --- and was captured. They painted a target on his butt, turned him loose, and, yelling, "Run, Boy, Run!!" took pot shots at him. When he made it back to his own camp, safe but scared, his buddies took one look at those circles painted on his butt . . . and nicknamed him "Ringtail."

William Grant Barrett married Harriet Young, and they had 13 children. Both are buried in the Good Hope Cemetery in Neshoba County.

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Pvt. William Patrick Edwards

Pvt. W.P. Edwards
William (Bill) Patrick Edwards was born 1842 in Lauderdale Co., Mississippi. His parents were William Elijah (13 Apr 1803-5 March 1882) and Telitha (Phillips) Edwards (16 May 1807-15 Oct. 1882). The family moved to Leake Co., Mississippi between 1850 and 1860.

He enlisted on 5 Mar 1862 in Neshoba Co. by Captain [A.R.] Booth for a period of 3 years. He was a private in Co. A, 33rd Mississippi Infantry and saw action in various skirmishes and battles until he was wounded 20 July 1864 in the Battle of Peach Tree Creek in the Atlanta siege. Official records state only that he was wounded slightly, but he saw no further action, according to muster rolls.

Sophronia Frances Hardage
He returned to Leake Co., MS where he farmed and had a store. On 26 Dec 1872, he married Sophronia Frances Hardage (5 May 1847-24 Aug 1886, daughter of William and Martha (Woodall) Hardage.) Bill and Frances had eight children, seven of whom grew to adulthood. After Frances's death, Bill married Sarah Angeline (Lena) Finley of Scott Co., MS on 18 July 1888, and they had one daughter.

William Patrick Edwards died in Lauderdale County, MS on 27 July 1895.


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Pvt. John M. Henry

John M. Henry was born ca. 1824 in Alabama. His sisters were married in Madison County, Mississippi 1835-1845. In 1848 a daughter was born to John M. in Madison County and in 1852 a son was born in Scott County, Mississippi. His children were married in Scott County 1876-1883. John M. was on the census 1870 - 1900 in Scott County.

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Pvt. Joseph Alexander Henry

Joseph Alexander Henry was born January 4, 1839 in Sumter Co. AL and died in March 1925. He is buried in the Baptist Cemetery, Mt. Olive, Covington County, MS.             Pvt. J.A. Henry with wife Elizabeth Phillips

From The Southland, Waco TX, Vol. XII, No. 1,
Established March 1892.

Note: In this account he is named Joseph Augustus Henry.

“Was born in Sumpter (sic) county, Ala., January 4, 1839. While an infant his parents moved with him to Neshoba county, Miss. The population was sparce and a large percent of the inhabitants were Choctaw Indians. These were friendly and as far as they could were good neighbors and good citizens. The father was a farmer and mechanic and the boy grew up under these conditions, fished in the streams, hunted in the forests, attended the old field schools and was strong and vigorous, church houses were scarce, but despite the poor facilities, good meetings were conducted and the people enjoyed religion.

In 1860 being 21 years of age Mr. Henry met Miss Elizabeth T. Phillips, married Feby. 28, 1861. The ceremony was performed by Rev. P. F. Morehead who has long since gone to his reward.
In August, 1861, Mr. Henry enlisted in the confederate service, at first for 12 months, but later for three years or during the war. Most of his service was in the 33 Mississippi regiment. Featherston Brigade Loring’s division, Johnson’s army. He saw service in his own state and in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The conditions were such as tried men’s souls, men fell on the right and on the left but Mr. Henry did not get a scratch but lived to see the clouds break and was in the final muster and joined in the happy song, “I will go home to the girl I left behind me”.

He returned to find in reality a broken fortune and began life a new. He had however made some small investments with confederate money and now went to work with a will. In addition to his farming interest he conducted a general shop. They were frugal. Mr. Henry was assiduous (sic) in his duties and his good wife made the cloth for their apparel and a start in life soon resulted. Later he engaged in the saw mill and gin business and yet, later he merchandised in connection and for 8 years was postmaster in the town of Zion, Miss.

Some relatives and friends preceded Mr. Henry to Edgewood and after several visits to Texas, he decided that this was the place for him. So in 1902 he sold everything and came to Edgewood and is permanently settled. His first investment was the erection of a magnificent gin, since sold and now operated by J. C. Heard. He has embarked in the lumber business and is the senior member of the firm of J. A. Henry & Son. The business is growing and Mr. Henry expresses himself as very grateful for the kind treatment of the people. He is permanently located and is identified with the best interests of the town and county and in his line pledges the best effort and as much liberality as is consistent with sound business. He has a good farm near the town and an elegant home in the little city.”

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Corp. Andrew Jackson Hudson

Corp. Andrew Jackson Hudson
Following the war, Andrew Jackson Hudson moved to Dorsey (now Cleveland) County, Arkansas. His first wife, Lettie Futch, died in 1891. A.J. died December 15, 1920 at the ripe old age of 83, and is buried in the Tulip Cemetery at Tulip Arkansas.

Courtesy of Margaret Cato

Andrew and Lettie had four children --- Sallie, William Jackson, Catherine and Martha. They were members of the Wafford Chapel Methodist Church, where Andrew was a Steward of the church.

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Pvt. Solomon Mason

Solomon Mason was born February 3, 1824 in Richmond County, North Carolina, the son of IsaacPvt. Soloman Mason and Rebecca Everett Mason. He migrated to Neshoba County, Mississippi and first shows up on the Neshoba county census in 1850. He married Mary Polly Watkins and enlisted in Co. A, 33rd Mississippi along with his neighbor and brother-in-law Thomas B. Watkins, the brother of Mary Polly.

Mary Polly died April 4, 1864 while Solomon was away fighting and he did not get home in time for her funeral. He returned to action and was captured September 4 of that same year near Jonesboro, Georgia. He is found on the roll of Camp Douglas, Illinois and was freed June 17, 1865.

Caroline Jane Tullos Watkins
Solomon returned to Neshoba County and married Caroline Jane Tullos Watkins, the widow of Thomas B. Watkins who died of "Camp Fever" in Leake County October 10, 1862.

Solomon was a large landowner, farmer and entrepreneur who owned a grist mill, cotton gin and other enterprises in the then thriving small town of McDonald, about 8 miles south of Philadelphia, Mississippi. A number of Solomon's descendants still live on or near the land that he helped settle.

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1st Sgt. Tillman Watson McCarty1st Sgt. Tilman Watson McCarty

"The 33rd Mississippi had two companies from 'our' area. Company A was from the Laurel Hill area and called the Cumberland Guards. The company was organized at the Cumberland Church in Laurel Hill (southwest part of Neshoba County). Another company was organized in Carthage by Robert J. Hall.

"Til [McCarty] was 1st Sgt. of the company. He was separated from the company at the Battle of Champion Hill and ended up in Vicksburg while the regiment went to Jackson. He surrendered in Vicksburg and went home. When he was exchanged he went back to the regiment which by now was in Atlanta. There, Col. [J.L.] Drake accused him of desertion (not true) and busted him to private. Two days later he really did desert and walked home to Mississippi. Drake and 40% of the regiment became casualties a few days later at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek."

Courtesy of Sidney W. Bondurant                                                                                     Photo Courtesy of McCarty Family Site

3rd Sgt. Duncan E. McMillan

Confederate Veteran magazine 1917

After a short illness, Duncan E. McMillan died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R.l. Hyde, at Sulphur Springs, Tex. He was born in South Carolina, Sept. 8, 1836; so he had reached the ripe age of eighty years. When he was only two years old his parents removed to Florida, then to Mississippi, and in this state he grew to manhood. When the call came for volunteers to defend his beloved South in 1861 he was among the first to answer. Enlisting in Company A, 33rd Mississippi Infantry, he bravely bore his part, whether on the march, in camp, or on the field of battle, ever ready to share the burdens of a soldiers lot.

While acting as advance scout he received a severe wound in the jaw, from which he came near dying. Upon recovery he returned to his command and served to the close of the war. Returning home after the surrender, he assumed the life of a farmer and took part in the struggle to free his country from carpetbag rule. He went from Mississippi to Texas in 1868, settling in the community near where he was laid to rest. He had been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church for more than 50 years. To the last he was devoted to the cause for which he had fought and is now resting with the comrades who had gone before him.

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2nd Sgt. Barnabus O. Owens

According to his tombstone, Barnabus O. Owens was born in 1828, son of Charles Pinckney Owens and Malinda Henry. Barnabus married Ana Missouri Hendrix on 4 Nov 1860, Leake Co., MS, and fathered twelve children.

Courtesy of Margie R. Pearce

After the war, Barnabus left Leake Co., MS and settled in Rapides Parish. He was a teacher, Baptist minister and farmer. He died on April 6, 1890 and is buried in Walnut Hill cemetery near Slagle, LA.

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Pvt. John Martin Oxford

John Martin Oxford was born in 1843 in Winston County, Mississippi, the 2nd of 14 children, to William G. Oxford and Matilda Ramage.

On March 15, 1862, John Martin Oxford enlisted at Neshoba County as a Private in Company A, 33rd Mississippi Infantry Brigade, the "Cumberland Guards." Sometime between the battle of Champion Hill and his Brigade's retreat to Jackson, John, along with several dozen others, was separated from the brigade and ended up in Vicksburg. John was captured when Vicksburg fell on July 4, 1863. He was paroled 3 days later. A muster roll reported that he had been "wounded by the enemy" and was at his home in Yazoo, Mississippi in February 1863.

At some point, John rejoined his unit, and on July 20, 1864, during the battle at Peachtree Creek, Georgia, John's unit reported him "Missing." A subsequent muster roll reported that he was "Killed near Atlanta, Ga." However, he was wounded and captured. He was reported in the 3rd Division US Army Hospital on July 23 with an amputated right leg. On July 26, he was moved to the US Army hospital at Chattanooga, Tennessee, where on August 18, 1864, he died from his wounds.

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Note: Some sources list his younger brother, William Echols Oxford, as a member of the 33rd MS. Actually, he was member of Co. A, Perrin's 11th MS Cavalry. He survived the war and later moved to Texas.

Captain James E. Simmons

Confederate Veteran. Vol. II, No. 6, Jun 1894, p. 186.
By D. J. Wilson, Era, Texas

I was a member of Capt. J. E. Simmons' Company A, 33d Mississippi Regiment, Featherston's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. Capt. Simmons would always give his company dinner of pork and potatoes once a year when it was possible for him to do so. He was loved by his men. At the battle of Franklin he said to me, as we were going into the charge, November 30, 1864, "Dan [Daniel J. Wilson], I will beat you to those Yankees over yonder." Says I, "Captain, I will get there by the time you do." The first line of works was soon reached. I fired my gun at the enemy as they were leaving these works, and was reloading when I saw our Captain on the works waving his hat to his company to "come on." He leaped off of the works and called to his company, "Come on, my brave boys, let's drive them from the field!" He went over the main line of works at the gin house and was captured. I was wounded in the hip just at their abatis. The smoke soon settled on us with the darkness, so we could only see by the light of the guns. Our flag bearer was killed on their works. The enemy got the flag. If the old regiment could get our flag returned to them it would be a pleasure to have it at our reunions. I wish to correspond with Mr. Yarber, of a South Carolina regiment, and a Georgian of the 5th Georgia Cavalry, whose name I have forgotten. They were with me at Saulsbury in 1865, when we made our escape from Stoneman's soldiers. If either of them sees this he will bring back to mind anew the narrow escape we had of our lives.

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Note: According to the Compiled service records, Daniel J. Wilson, the author of this item, was wounded May 31, 1864 at New Hope Church. Capt. Simmons was wounded at Peachtree Creek on July 20, 1864 and after his capture at Franklin, was a POW at Johnson Isle. The color bearer was Owen L. Conerly (Co. E). After he was killed, 1st Sgt. Henry Clay Shaw (Co. K) picked up the flag and was also killed.

Pvt. Daniel James Wilson

Confederate Veteran 1915

D.J. Wilson was born at Fayetteville, N.C., on Oct. 14, 1844 and at the age of 17 years he enlisted in the Cumberland Guards, 33d Regiment of Mississippi Volunteers, Featherstone's (sic) Brigade, taking part in the battles of New Hope Church, Peachtree Creek, and others in which his company participated. He never missed a roll call on account of sickness and only when wounded did he fail to answer to his name. He was never a prisoner. Comrade Wilson was a devout Christian, having been a member of the Baptist Church for over forty years. He was of attractive personality and his smiling face was always pleasant to see. He was serving as Treasurer of Sherman County at the time of his death, which occurred on July 26, 1915, while he was on a visit to his old home in Mississippi. His influence will dwell in his community for many years. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, who live at Stratford and several other children throughout the State.

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Pvt. Lewis YoungPvt. Lewis Young & wife Martha

Lewis Young
joined his brother Green Young in Co. A, the "Cumberland Guards" of Neshoba County in the 33rd Mississippi Infantry regiment on April 14, 1864. Both survived the war and were with Johnston's army when it surrendered at Greensboro, NC. Lewis is pictured with his wife, Martha. He lived to be almost 100 years old and is buried at the Enterprise, MS cemetery.

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