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"We have not devoured anything to eat since day before yesterday. We are now near the wagons where they cook for the souldiers (sic) where Ely (Cupit) has been assisting in cooking. I saw him this morning and got something to eat from him."

--- Albert Quincy Porter (Co. D) June 5, 1864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"This evening Poindexter applied to Gen. Featherston to have me regularly detailed as Brigade Musician, and Col. Drak(e) refused to let me go into the band as he could not do without me as fifer in the Regt."

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Company D

Pvt. Alexander Hamilton Bonds

Alexander Hamilton Bonds was born in 1835 in Alabama. In 1855 he married Elizabeth (Unknown); they moved to Franklin Co., Mississippi about 1858. They had four children. He enlisted first in Co. E, 7th Mississippi Infantry Regiment in 1861 and then enlisted in Co. D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry when it was mustered in April 1862. Following the war he married Martha Rembert, widow of John Case. They had three children together. He was a farmer and died in the 1880’s in Franklin Co., Mississippi.

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Pvt. James S. Cain

James S. Cain, son of James Cain and Anna Johnson, was born in 1826 in Franklin Co., MS. On January 27, 1859 he married Julia Ann Martin. As a member of Company D, he was wounded in the battle at Peachtree Creek, GA, July 20, 1864. At the battle of Franklin, TN, he was killed in action on November 30, 1864.

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Pvt. John Burnes CorbanPvt. John Burnes Corban

 


John Burnes Corban
joined Company D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry October 18, 1862 and 22 days later on November 9, 1862 was taken prisoner at Holly Springs, Mississippi. Later muster records do not give circumstances, nor details, only that he was "deceased."




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2nd Lt. William Christopher Costley

William Christopher Costley was born April 11, 1834 in Virginia to John Costley and Sarah Jackson. In April 1862 he enlisted in the “Franklin Guards” Co. D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry. On October 28, 1862, after the Battle of Corinth, he was detailed as a mechanic by Maj. Gen. Mansfield Lovell, who commanded the Confederate rear guard from Corinth. In May 1863 he was assigned to Maj. Gen. William W. Loring's Headquarters as a mechanic/carpenter and remained in that capacity until April 1864. In July 1864 he was reassigned to Co. D.  At the Battle of Franklin (Tennessee) he was wounded on November 30, 1864 and was sent to the hospital in Tupelo, Mississippi. On January 19, 1865 he was granted a 30 day leave of absence on a surgical certificate. He later rejoined Co. D in North Carolina, where the 33rd and other Mississippi regiments were consolidated into the 22nd Mississippi Infantry. On the surrender Muster Roll at Greensboro, North Carolina he was listed as 2nd Lieutenant.

After he returned to Mississippi, he married Frances Mary Smith on December 12, 1865 in Franklin Co., and they had five children. He remained a carpenter the rest of his life. He died February 20, 1916 and is buried in McComb, Pike Co., Mississippi.

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Pvt. Daniel G. Cupit

Daniel G. Cupit was born ca. 1843 to Alexander Cupit and Lucinda Wilson Cupit. He enlisted in Co. D in April 1862 in Franklin Co., MS. In November 1862 he was in the Oxford, MS Hospital. In April of the following year he was in the Yazoo City Hospital and then left sick at Ft. Pemberton (Greenwood, MS). When Vicksburg, MS was surrendered to the Federals, he was captured at Washington Hospital Vicksburg, MS and took the parole oath on July 15, 1863. He was on the hospital ship to be exchanged in Mobile, AL and apparently died en route or after arrival in Mobile, AL.

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Pvt. Eli CupitPvt. Eli Cupit
Eli
(sometimes spelled Ely) Cupit, son of James Cupit and Rebecca Schroeder, was born May 19, 1844 in Franklin County, Mississippi. He was not quite 21 years old when he joined the "Franklin Guards" of that county. This unit later became Company D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment. In 1863, he was wounded at Jackson during Gen. Sherman's second attack on the city.

He was a cook. Albert Quincy Porter records in his diary for June 5, 1864, "We have not devoured anything to eat since day before yesterday. We are now near the wagons where they cook for the souldiers (sic) where Ely has been assisting in cooking. I saw him this morning and got something to eat from him."

Following the war, he returned to Mississippi and married Nancy Erwin, who died some months later. Eli next married Orpha Elizabeth Godbold on February 5, 1872, and they had eleven children. His third marriage to Louana Lewis produced no children. He died March 29, 1934 and is buried at Wright's Methodist Church Cemetery in Franklin County.

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4th Sgt. John E. Cupit

John E. Cupit, the son of James Cupit and Matilda Wright Cupit, was born ca. 1823. After enlisting in Co. D, the "Franklin Guards," at the age of 39 he was elected 4th Sergeant in April 1862. Having secured a kinsman to serve as his substitute, he was discharged five months later in August.

Prior to the war he married Margaret Rebecca McMillan on August 17, 1851 and had four children. He later married Samantha Prescott and had two more children. He died October 1893.

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Pvt. Joseph S. Cupit

Joseph S. Cupit was born November 14, 1844 to James R. Cupit and Angeline Bailey Cupit. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Franklin Guards, Co. D, of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry in April 1862. According to the Compiled Service Records, he was listed as AWOL July 17, 1863. During his absence he married on October 21 or 26, 1863 Martha Rebecca Byrd, then returned to service. He died June 28, 1928.

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Pvt. Seaborn L. Cupit

Seaborn L. Cupit, the son of James Cupit and Rebecca Schroder, was born October 3, 1841. In April 1862 he enlisted in Co. D in Franklin Co., MS, along with his brother Eli Cupit and half-brother, John E. Cupit. Severely wounded in the battle at Peachtree Creek, GA, July 20, 1864, he remained lame for the rest of his life.

He married Effie Ann Warren and they had one son. He died January 30,1884 and is buried at Union Church Cemetery, Jefferson, Co., MS.

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Pvt. William M. Cupit

William M. Cupit was born March 5, 1846, the son of James R. Cupit and Angeline Bailey. In August 1862 he joined Co. D, the "Franklin Guards," as a substitute for his kinsman 4th Sgt. John E. Cupit. He was arrested in Mobile, AL for desertion in June 1864 and sentenced to wear the ball and chain for three years, but was released six months later. Rejoining the regiment, he was present at the surrender in Greensboro, NC and paroled in May 1865.

Following the war he married Elizabeth Smith, March 13, 1867. He died April 4, 1910.

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Pvt. Sanford G. Day

Sanford G. Day was born to Aaron Butler Day and Lydia Green Lofton on October 6, 1843 in Lawrence Co., MS. He joined the "Franklin Guards" which became Co. D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry. Following the war he married Mary Ann Griffin on November 10, 1866 in Amite Co., MS. They had two children. After a life of farming, he died July 27, 1904 in Zetus, Lincoln Co., MS. He was buried at Hawkins Chapel Methodist Church, Lincoln Co., MS.

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3rd Sgt. Joel L. East

Joel L. East was born January 7, 1835 in Caldwell Co., KY. to James East and Hannah Lofton. He married Nancy Ann Deen on January 1, 1854, Franklin Co., MS. They had no known children. After being captured at Holly Springs, MS November 9, 1862, he was paroled and returned to his unit. The following year he was promoted to 3rd Sgt. (October 16, 1863). He was listed as mia on July 20, 1864 at Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, GA.

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Pvt. Isaac Newton Furr

Isaac Newton Furr was born September 28, 1836 in Copiah Co., Mississippi to Isham and Elizabeth Furr. He first married Cherokee Roberts on January 7, 1858 in Copiah Co., Mississippi. On February 16, 1860 he married Nancy M. Thedford in Jefferson Co., Mississippi. They had three children. On January 15, 1879 he married Eliza Jane Goza in Claiborne Co., Mississippi and they had six children. He was a farmer. He died March 15, 1904 and is buried at Herlong Cemetery, Claiborne Co., Mississippi.

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5th Sgt. William S. Godbold

William S. Godbold was born in 1836 in Franklin County, Mississippi to James Godbold and Elizabeth Kendall Wright. He enlisted in the "Franklin Guards" of that county at the age of 29. This unit later became Company D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment. In October and November 1862 he served as a nurse in the University Hospital at Oxford, Mississippi. On January 3, 1863 he was appointed 5th Sergeant. He was captured at Champion Hill and admitted to the hospital due to being, "burned in the face and hands by the premature explosion of a shell."

He returned to Franklin County, never married, and is buried in Wright's Cemetery.

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Pvt. James Ford Hall

James Ford Hall was born March 7, 1833 in Caldwell Co., KY to James and Sarah Hall. On January 26, 1860 he married Cordelia Ann Sirman in Franklin Co., MS. She was the sister of Freeling H. Sirman, also of Co. D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry. They had two children. During the battle of Peachtree Creek, GA he was mortally wounded and died at the USA Field Hospital in Vining, GA on July 26, 1864.

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Captain David Alexander Herring

Born January 12, 1836 and died July 20, 1864

Bearing this Herring genealogical line's given name back five generations, this David Alexander Herring was likely the first from his family homestead [five miles north of Eddiceton, Franklin Co. MS. on the Homochitto River], to attend college. And Centenary College was the natural choice, both parents, David (1794-1842) and Mary LeGette (Leggett) Herring (1800-1882) being from devoted Methodist families of Marion Co. S.C. both of which spawned ministers. The one room country church he attended still stands north of Eddiceton east of the Homochitto, Bethesda Methodist, begun in 1825 and known locally as "Wright's church".

Since his father died when he was six, leaving Mary with nine children and a large farm to manage, David's older brothers John Wesley, Samuel O., and Ferdinand probably were too vitally needed at home to be spared for college, though Ferdinand did become a medical doctor, and may have attended college at some time. David's little brother Thomas Ashley, who served under David in the war, may also have attended college later. But it would seem that Mary was proud enough of her lawyer son to have his portrait painted and perhaps inadvertently provide posterity with the likeness of Captain David Alexander Herring seen above.

David Alexander was married August 1, 1861 to neighbor Fulvia McDaniel. Less than a year later when Company D ofCapt. D.A. Herring MS. 33rd Infantry, "The Franklin Guards" began recruiting near McCall Creek March 1, 1862, David enlisted as third Lieutenant. He was promoted to 2nd Lt. August 16, 1862, to 1st Lt. October 8, 1862, and to Captain December 14, 1863. He was very well liked and held in highest esteem by his men, according to Professor William Hadskey, who wrote Franklin County history and extensively researched the Franklin Guards.

This military unit saw action first in the battle of Corinth, MS., then fought in the battles of Holly Springs, Greenwood, Champion Hill near Edwards, and the battle of Jackson MS. Later in the spring of 1864 they were in the retreat southward toward Atlanta, culminating in their participation on July 20, 1864 in the battle of Peach Tree Creek just north of that town, mentioned in "Gone With the Wind", being just down the road from "Aunt Pitty Pat's".

What happened there is described as follows by Bill Hadskey:
"The confederates were to charge, the 33rd Regiment being in Featherston's Brigade. The units on the right did not charge, due to a foul up in communications, so that the charging Brigade including the MS. 33rd were under fire from their front and from their right flank, resulting in their being practically destroyed as a fighting unit. After the battle, the 33rd Indiana buried the dead of the 33rd MS. Several of the yankees were Masons, and finding masonic rings and pins on some of the dead, they buried these separately in graves marking them as Masons. The others they buried with Colonel Jabez Drake of the 33rd in the center, his men in a circle around him in a common grave. Since I've found no record of Captain Herring being a Mason, guess he was buried in the mass grave. This was a unique burial; I've never read of any other like it in the Civil War."

In a letter dated 4/2/1979 to my Dad, Edwin Lamar Herring, Cecile Alford wrote: "My grandmother used to tell me about my great grandfather [Ferdinand Fletcher Herring] and his brother being together in the war, and the brother was killed. My grandfather found his body that night and buried him."

David Alexander's wife Fulvia never remarried, became known to the family as "Aunt Fud", and lived until April 26, 1916. My Aunt Elizabeth Herring Branch remembers as a girl witnessing David's portrait arriving back to the Herring farm in the McDaniel's wagon.

More than a half century later while working on the family genealogy I was taken upstairs at great Uncle Burch's place, the original John Wesley Herring homestead [1850] by Aunt Katherine Herring Davis and shown the portrait, painted on mattress tacking, leaning against the attic wall. In her family photo box yet exist daguerreotypes of the portrait along with one of David's mother Mary, her grandchildren Julia Madora Herring [Cassedy], John Lee Herring, Charles Howard Herring. The family must have had them taken circa 1867-8 during a trip [by train?] to Natchez.

A copy of the 10x12 photo I had taken of the portrait is on file at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA. along with some of this writing.

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Pvt. Gilbert E. Jackson

Gilbert Elsberry Jackson was born April 23, 1829 in Copiah Co., MS. He died after 1880 in Calcasieu Parish, La. He moved there after the war. His parents were Brantley Jackson & Charity Aspie Smith. He married Mary Jane Renfro Smith, the widow of Stephen Smith. They had six children.

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Pvt. William Jackson

William Jackson was born July 16,1840 in Copiah Co., MS. and died January 15, 1913 in Lincoln Co., MS.  He married Margaret Christian Smith on July 29, 1863 in Copiah Co. MS.  They had 13 children.

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Pvt. Ezra Knapp

Ezra Knapp was born in 1816 in Ohio. As a young man growing up in Ohio, Ezra became what was called a "bound boy". He was "bound" to someone to learn a trade — in his case, carpentry — and was then to work for that individual for a certain period of time. The man he was "bound" to was cruel and beat him often so he ran away to Mississippi, finally settling in Franklin County.

In 1842 Ezra married Martha Jane Godbold (born ca. 1824 in Franklin County, Mississippi and daughter of James Godbold and Elizabeth Kendall Wright, half sister of Reason Erwin Godbold and sister of Levi Right Godbold). They had seven children.

Land records recorded in Meadville, Franklin County, Mississippi indicate that Ezra acquired 200 acres of land between 1849 and 1859.

Ezra Knapp enlisted April 1, 1862 and served in Company D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment.

He died 1886 in New Boston (Bowie County) Texas and was buried there. His wife died about 1888 in McAlester, Oklahoma and is buried there.

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Pvt. Victor E. Laird

Victor E. Laird (Lard) was born March 12, 1827 in Copiah Co., MS to Jesse Laird and Mary Edwards. On December 14, 1848 he married Sarah Ann Lofton, the sister of Cyrus Lofton of Co. D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry. They had six children. He died October 27, 1901 in Bogue Chitto, Lincoln Co., MS and is buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

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2nd Lt. John F. Lee

John F. Lee was born to John Franklin Lee and Margaret Scott in 1834 in Franklin, Co., MS. He married Elvira L. Butler, February 2, 1854. After her death he married Atlanta Scott on February 21, 1860. He enlisted in Co. D, the "Franklin Guards", on March 4, 1862 and was elected 2nd Lieutenant. After contracting tuberculosis (TB), he resigned October 8, 1862. It appears he died from this disease because no other records can be found and his wife remarried in 1865.

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Pvt. Cyrus Lofton

Cyrus Lofton was born in March 1836 in Franklin Co., MS. and died after 1900 in Franklin Co., MS.  He was the son of Allen Lofton and Francis Butler. He first married Cynthia Smith on June 1, 1853 in Franklin Co., MS. They had five children. He later married Sarah Ann Matilda Herring on May 8, 1891 in Franklin Co., MS. They had four children.

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Pvt. Guinn Lofton

Guinn Lofton was born August 1, 1845 to Dudley and Sarah Lofton in Franklin Co., MS. He never married and died in 1907 in Lincoln Co., MS. He was a first cousin of Cyrus Lofton, also a member of Co. D.

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4th Sgt. Lewis Lafayette Magee

Lewis Lafayette Magee was born June 13, 1843 in Franklin Co., MS. After enlisting4th Sgt. L.L. Magee & wife Mary Cynthia Byrd in Co. D of Franklin Co., in April of 1862, he was elected 2nd Corporal. On December 1, 1864 he was promoted to 4th Sergeant and was with his command until the end of the war at Greensboro, NC.

Following the war, on September 7, 1865, he married Mary Cynthia Byrd (July 28, 1849 - August 14, 1916). She was the sister of Duncan Byrd, another member of Co. D of the 33rd MS Infantry. They had eleven children. Lewis Lafayette Magee died February 10, 1910 in Franklin Co., MS, and is buried at Ramah Baptist Church. His gravestone bears the "Southern Cross of Honor".


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4th Corp. Isaac Newton McCaa4th Corp. I.N. McCaa

Isaac Newton McCaa was born March 22, 1838 in Jefferson County, MS. He enlisted in Co. D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry on April 1, 1862, in Franklin Co., MS.

Isaac, a farmer and land owner, and his wife Cassander Lee McCaa had six children. In 1898 he moved to Texas, where he died in Alto, Cherokee County, on October 26, 1937 at the age of 99 years.

 

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Pvt. Henry Pope Moore

Pvt. Henry Pope MooreHenry Pope Moore was born on September 9, 1839.  He was the son of William Henry and Aline Moore of Jefferson Co., MS. Henry served in Company D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry nearly three years according to his Confederate Pension Application. He was severely injured by falling timbers in a house and subsequently discharged from service. Henry married Mary Jane Cupit on September 13, 1863 in Franklin Co., MS. Mary died in 1875. Henry moved with his children and brothers to Texas. He died on December 28, 1917 in Covington, Hill Co., TX and is buried in Covington Cemetery.

Sources: (1) Census:  1850-60-70-80-1900-1910. (2) Texas Confederate Pension Application #2982.  Approved Oct. 5, 1899.
(3) Gravestone.

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Pvt. John W. Moore

John W. Moore was born on October 9, 1829. He was the son of William Henry Moore and his wife Aline of Jefferson Co., MS.  John served in Company D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry. He married Mrs. Mary E. Buckley on July 5, 1863 in Jefferson Co., MS. After the war, John moved with his brothers to Texas.  In 1898 and again in 1903, John applied for a Confederate Pension. He was in poor physical condition and unable to provide his own support. His application was disapproved due to a small amount of property that John owned at the time. Both of his brothers, Henry and Willis submitted depositions confirming his service with them during the war. John W. Moore died on January 17, 1905 in Hamilton Co., TX and is buried in Fairy Cemetery.

Sources:  Confederate Pension Application #00767. Gravestone.

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Pvt. Willis A. Moore

Willis A. Moore was born in March 1837.  He was the son of William Henry and Aline Moore of Jefferson Co., MS.  Henry served in Company D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry.  He received a Texas Confederate Pension for his service.  Willis married Mary McDougald on July 16, 1863 in Franklin Co., MS.  After the war Willis moved with his wife and daughter to Bradley Co., Arkansas.  In 1878, he moved to Sabine Co., Texas and then settled in Mills County.  Willis died on April 20, 1902 in Mullen, Mills Co., TX.  Mary Moore survived her husband and received a widow's pension for his service.

Sources:  (1) 1850, 60, 70, 80 and 1900 Federal Census.  (2) Marriage Records of Franklin Co., MS. (3) Texas Confederate Pension Application #3027.

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Pvt. William Madison Mullins

William Madison Mullins was born December 27, 1833 in Copiah Co., MS and joined the 33rd Mississippi Infantry (Co. D) in Franklin County. He survived the war and surrendered in Greensboro, NC. He married Nancy Stewart prior to the war on December 16, 1858. He was a farmer and they had 9 children. He died January 5, 1915 in Franklin Co.

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 Pvt. John J. Osteen

Confederate Veteran. Vol. XXII, No. 6, Jun 1914, p. 281.

On March 24, 1914, John J. Osteen died at his home, in Lincoln County, Miss., at the age of seventy-three years. He enlisted from Franklin County, Miss., in April, 1862, and served as a private in Company D, 33d Mississippi Infantry, Featherston's Brigade, Loring's Division, in the operations in Mississippi until after the fall of Vicksburg and Jackson. He was with his command at Baker's Creek in May, 1863, when General Loring so completely dodged General Grant and took his division down Baker's Creek to join Gen. J. E. Johnston. The command was transferred early in 1864 to the Army of Tennessee, under General Johnston, and was in all the campaign through Georgia and back to Dalton and with General Hood into Tennessee, taking part in the battles of Franklin and Nashville; back to Columbia, where Featherston's Brigade was put under Forrest and Walthall to protect Hood's rear; then on to North Carolina, where the command surrendered at Greensboro under Johnston. After the war Comrade Osteen did his part toward building up his devastated country. He was twice married and is survived by his second wife [Velora Ann Summers] and the five sons and two daughters of his first marriage.

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Pvt. Albert Quincy Porter  - Regimental Fifer

Albert Quincy Porter was born July 24, 1825, the son of John and Mary Porter. He enlisted in Co. D of the 33rd MPvt. A.Q. Porterississippi Infantry Regiment September 10, 1863 at Enterprise, MS. Private A.Q. was appointed Regimental Fifer in late 1863. In his diary for April 11, 1864 he states, "This evening Poindexter applied to Gen. Featherston to have me regularly detailed as Brigade Musician, and Col. Drak(e) refused to let me go into the band as he could not do without me as fifer in the Regt." He joined the Brigade Band August 10, 1864, by order of Gen. W.S. Featherston, and was with the army when it was surrendered at Greensboro, NC in 1865.

In 1849 or 1850 A.Q. Porter married Henrietta Herrington and had three children. After Henrietta's death in 1853, he married Cassander Buckles and had seven more children. He died November 3, 1904 and was buried in back of his old home in Meadville, Franklin Co., MS.

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5th Sgt. Lorenzo Dow Posey

Lorenzo Dow Posey was born in 1826 in Alabama to Lorenzo Dow Posey, Sr. and Nancy Golden. He was bound out to Dudley Lofton, Father of Guinn Lofton, member of Co. D., and lived on their farm in 1850, Franklin Co., MS. He married Lucinda Matilda Lofton July 26, 1853 in Franklin Co., MS. They had six children. He was captured in Salisbury, NC on April 12, 1865 and was a POW at Camp Chase, OH.

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Pvt. Jacob Rushing

Jacob Rushing was born about 1829 in Franklin Co., Mississippi; he was the son of Malachi Rushing & Mary Ann Bunch. Jacob was married first to Cassandra Wactor February 4, 1851 with a second marriage August 10 1856 to Francis Catherine Young. A son, James Christopher Rushing, was born of this second union on January 2, 1859. Jacob Rushing was a member at Ramah Baptist Church located in Franklin Co., Mississippi.

Private Jacob Rushing was captured May 17, 1863 at Champion Hill, near Raymond, Mississippi, later to be received at Fort Delaware June 15th, 1863 and finally transferred to Point Lookout, Maryland on September 20, 1863. He died of starvation February 17, 1864 at this prison.

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1st Lieut. Lucien J. Scott

Lucien J. Scott was born May 29, 1836. He married Francis Addie Havis December 15,1858. In 1862 he enlisted in the Franklin Guards, which later became Company D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment, and was elected 1st Lieutenant. He died August 16, 1862. The following fall his only son, Lucien J. Scott, Jr. was born October 14, 1862, and his wife died April 7, 1864.

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Pvt./Musician Thomas Jefferson Scott

Thomas Jefferson Scott was born July 12, 1839 in Franklin County, Mississippi.  At the age of 23 he enlisted in the Franklin Guards, along with his first cousin, Lucien J. Scott, which later became Company D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment. (His maternal grandfather was Kincheon R. Webb, Captain of Company D.) On the original muster roll he was listed as Company Commissary and was promoted to First Sergeant May 1, 1862. Following the battle of Corinth he was demoted in rank to Private. On March 13, 1864 he was appointed a Musician by Special Order #28 while in Demopolis, AL. He served throughout the war and was paroled at the surrender in Greensboro, NC May 1, 1865.

Following the war he returned to Franklin County and married Rowena Catherine Higginbotham on January 31, 1866. She died May 29, 1877. They had three children.

T.J. Scott then married Clara Jane Guice on November 8, 1883 (She died January 16, 1938.). They had seven children. He died January 25, 1900 and is buried in the Scott Cemetery in Franklin County, Mississippi.

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Pvt. Freeling Huysan Sirman (Sermons)

Freeling Huysan Sirman (Sermons) was born July 5, 1846 in Franklin Co., MS to Josiah Sirman and Catherine Kennedy. He was a 1st cousin to Jesse M. Sirman of Co. D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry. He married Rebecca Ann Smith, May 5, 1864 in Franklin Co., MS. They had 7 children. He died October 1, 1926 and is buried at Florien, Sabine Parish, LA.

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Pvt. Jesse M. Sirman (Sermons)

Jesse M. Sirman (Sermons), the son of Peter Sirman and Hannah Hutchins was born in Copiah Co., MS in 1834. He was a 1st cousin to Freeling Husyan Sirman of Co. D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry. On October 12, 1865 he married Nancy Ann Dean East., the widow of Joel L. East, also of Co. D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry, who was M.I.A. at Peachtree Creek, GA. They had no children. He died sometime after 1880 in Lincoln Co., MS.

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Corp. Allen Harrison Smith

Allen Harrison Smith, the son of James Allen Smith and Priscilla Allgood, was born April 24, 1841 in Franklin Co., MS and died in 1916 in Lincoln Co., MS. Allen was wounded at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. After the war he married Sarah L. Wright in 1870 in Lincoln Co., MS. They had 12 children.

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Pvt. Brantley Smith

Brantley Smith was born August 12, 1835 at McCall's Creek, Franklin Co., MS and enlisted May 13, 1862. He was married to Catherine Lofton, daughter of Allen Lofton and Francis Butler, on August 27, 1855 in Franklin, Co., MS. They had ten children.

Pvt. Brantley SmithAll four Smith Bros., John A., Pleasant M., Ranson Edward, and Brantley went AWOL about the same time after the Battle of Champion Hill. Seems it was too great a temptation to head for Franklin County since they were so close to home.

Stories attributed to Brantley Smith have been passed down from many sources. He told of forced marches in wagon trains so intense that mules pulling the wagons would drop in their tracks, the soldiers then using the mules for food. There were times of having no shoes and the soldiers marching barefoot until they could be tracked by the bloody footprints they left behind. He told stories of talking across the lines to the Yankees and all of them agreeing that they would quit fighting and all go home if they could. Brantley said he left to go home, plow the fields, plant the crops, and then returned to his unit. His superiors finally tired of this routine and threatened him with the firing squad if he deserted again! Late in the War he deserted once more --- this time for good. (My best guess was that this was after the retreat from Nashville to Tupelo, MS.) His oldest son, Chris, 7 or 8 years old, while serving as lookout, let the cavalry slip up on Brantley at their home. The sister of Catherine Lofton Smith, Cudersey, had lost her husband, Martin Van Buren Smith and was living with Brantley & Catherine. She started a conversation with the soldiers and Brantley slipped out the back window heading for the woods. They took several shots at him, but missed. Brantley hid out for the rest of the war, however he was always well liked and respected in Lincoln County from all reports.

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Pvt. Commodore Perry Smith

Commodore Perry Smith was born September 25, 1835 in Franklin Co., MS.  He died on February 15, 1909 in Lincoln Co., MS.  His parents were Nicholas Smith and Martha Elizabeth Case.  He married Lydia Jane Thedford on July 13, 1859 in Franklin Co., MS. He enlisted April 1, 1862 in Franklin Co., MS.  He was wounded at Kennesaw Mountain, Ga.  He was the father of three children.

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Pvt. James K. Polk Smith

James K. Polk Smith was born December 28, 1844 in Franklin Co., Mississippi. He enlisted in Co. D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment on April 1, 1862, along with his brother, Jasper Smith. He became a teamster on December 8, 1863. Captured by Union Forces on December 17, 1864 near Franklin, Tennessee, he was sent to Columbus, Ohio. As many Confederate prisoners did, he enlisted in Co. E, 5th U.S. Volunteers to fight Indians in the West and was sent to Ft. Riley, Kansas. According to Union Records he was six feet tall, hazel eyes, brown hair and ruddy complexion. He deserted the Army in Nebraska on June 15, 1866 and headed back to Franklin County, Mississippi. Many deserted at this time and so the Army simply discharged them all. He eventually was granted an Army Pension by the government because of his service against the Sioux during 1865-66. He married Letha Ann Burt on December 18, 1866 in Franklin Co., Mississippi and died November 19, 1925 in Lincoln Co., Mississippi.

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Pvt. Jasper Smith

Jasper Smith was born September 26, 1839 in Franklin Co., Mississippi and enlisted April 1, 1862 in Co. D, 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment. He served through all of the campaigns of the 33rd and was promoted to 1st Corporal. On October 3, 1864 he was killed at Big Shanty in Cobb Co., Georgia in the actions during the capture of Acworth, Georgia with Featherston's Brigade during the retreat out of Georgia. He was the son of Allen Smith and Narcissa Missouri Case. He married Nancy Jane Tarver on May 6, 1860 in Franklin Co., Mississippi.  His only child, Malissa Narcissa Smith was born November 10, 1862 in Franklin Co., Mississippi.

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Pvt. Pleasant M. Smith

Pleasant M. Smith, brother of Brantley, Ransom, and John A., was born March 29, 1834 in Franklin Co., MS. He enlisted in Co. D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry on August 15, 1862 in Brookhaven, MS. Wounded at Peachtree Creek (Atlanta, GA), he spent the remainder of the war in the hospital at Marion, AL and was listed on a Roll of Prisoners surrendered at Citronelle, AL on May 4, 1865.

He married Emaline Cotton January 13, 1857, and died November 18, 1892 in Lincoln Co., MS.

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Pvt. Ransom Edward Smith

Ransom Edward Smith was born April 10, 1840 in Franklin Co., MS and died July 13, 1919 in Lincoln Co., MS. He came home after the war and married Parthinia Ellen Winbourn by whom he had several children. He spent the remainder of his life farming in Lincoln County.

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Pvt. Thomas Jefferson Smith

Thomas Jefferson Smith was born in 1833 in Franklin Co., MS and died in 1877 in Lincoln Co., MS. He was a member of Company D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry, along with his brother-in-law, Allen Harrison Smith.  His parents were Nicholas Smith & Patsy Case. He married Amanda Melvina Smith on 21 Oct. 1856 in Franklin Co., Ms. They had 13 children.

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Pvt. William Green Smith

William Green Smith, the son of James M. Smith and Julia Ann Lofton, was born in 1845 in Franklin Co., MS. William was wounded and captured at Peachtree Creek, GA, July 20, 1864 and sent to Camp Chase, OH, where he died December 2, 1864. 

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Pvt. William Lawrence Smith

William Lawrence Smith was born March 29, 1840 in Franklin Co., MS to Pleasant Smith and Mary Ann Dean. He married Martha Tarver on February 9, 1860. He joined the "Franklin Guards" which became Co. D of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry in April of 1862. He was promoted to 2nd Corporal August 1, 1862 and was wounded at the battle of Corinth, MS on October 3, 1862. He deserted February 14, 1863, returned to service and was reduced in rank to Private. Following the war he returned home to farming and raising his 10 children. He died June 3, 1909 and is buried at Ramah Baptist Cemetery, Franklin Co., MS.

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Pvt. James Jenkins Tarver

James Jenkins Tarver was born in 1838 in Franklin Co., MS. and was killed in action July 20, 1864 at Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, GA. His parents were Dempsey Tarver and Rachel Bunch. He married Elizabeth Jane Deen on January 16, 1859, Franklin Co., MS. They had two children.

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Pvt. James Jeremiah Wallace

James Jeremiah Wallace was born about 1836 in Mississippi. He was the oldest son of James Wallace and Sarah Elizabeth Dukes. On April 17, 1862 he married Mary Jane McFate. He was enlisted in the “Franklin Guards" on Sept. 28, 1862 by Major Clark for a period of 3 years. For the first few months James was absent because of sickness. In the battle of Peachtree Creek (Atlanta, GA) on July 20, 1864 James was missing in action. The Union Army captured him and he was sent to military prison in Louisville, KY, then transferred to Camp Douglas, IL. James was discharged June 17, 1865 in accordance with General Orders No.109. Upon his return home he learned that his wife Mary Jane had died during the birth of their daughter Mary Wallace. He farmed his land and raised his daughter and on Nov. 30, 1868 he married his second wife Anna Jane Ford. James Jeremiah Wallace died after 1871 in Franklin County, MS. In the Wallace and Lee Cemetery in Meadville, MS there is a marker in memory of his war service with the notation “in memory of son, brother, father and friend.”

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Captain Kincheon R. Webb

"There is a company to leave on the 3rd day of April under Capt. Web (sic). He has a very good company, and I anticipate that Web (sic) will be a noble officer. He is certainly a very clever man and is very well liked by all that knows him."

Letter from Samuel Maxwell Newman to John Archie Cato (not members of the 33rd)

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"Captain K. R. Webb, Superintendent of Education of Franklin County died recently. Captain Webb had served his country in many capacities and was a highly respected citizen."

Fayette Chronicle, Fayette, Jefferson County, Mississippi, February 19, 1886.

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Pvt. Allen Newton Westbrook

Allen Newton Westbrook was born December 10th, 1832 in Amite County, Mississippi. Allen was the youngest of 13 children born to Henry Westbrook and Mildred Ann Smith, both originally from Virginia who came to Mississippi in 1810. He married Sarah Letha Ann Carraway of Amite County on July 8th, 1852. He enlisted in Company D "Franklin Guards" of the 33rd Mississippi at age 30 with 4 children under 10 years of age on April 1st, 1862.  He was paroled as a prisoner while in the 1st Mississippi CSA Hospital at Jackson, MS when Grant first captured the city in 1863. He later saw service with the 14th Confederate Calvary for a time. He rejoined the 33rd Mississippi in January 1864 and was paroled at Greensboro, NC on April 28, 1865. After the war, Sarah and Allen had a total of 10 children. He died at the age of 60 of a heart attack in Meadville, Franklin County January 28, 1893 and is buried at the Old Westbrook Cemetery in Amite County, MS.

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Pvt. James Ferdinand Wright

James Ferdinand Wright was born August 10, 1841 in Franklin Co., MS. and died October 1, 1899 in Franklin Co., MS. His parents were Levi Right and Eliza Jane Hutchins. He married Gertrude Chapman on February 5, 1880 in Franklin Co., MS. They had eight children. They are buried at Damascus Cemetery, Franklin Co., MS.

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