Biographies, Photos and
Pvt. Andrew Jackson Bearden
Andrew Jackson Bearden
was born on March 14, 1840 in Georgia. He enlisted in the Thirty-third
Infantry, Co. I on April 7, 1862 at Grenada, MS. He was 22 years old.
After the war he married Martha Jane Burns and lived the remainder of
his life in Panola County, MS. He is buried at Chapel Hill Cemetery,
Pope, MS. His second wife applied for a Confederate widow's pension in
1st Lieut. Samuel B. Brown
Confederate Veteran. Vol.
XV, No. 9, Sep 1907, p. 420.
After a brief illness, Capt.
Samuel B. Brown died at Water Valley, Miss., August 14, 1907, in
his seventy-eighth year. He commanded Company I, 33d Regiment
Mississippi Volunteer Infantry, and bore a conspicuous part in many
battles in Mississippi and Louisiana under Gen. W. W. Loring. After the
fall of Vicksburg, the Army of Mississippi was transferred to the Army
of Tennessee, commanded by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, and Captain Brown
was in the battles from Resaca to Atlanta and with his command under
General Hood in his advance on Nashville, Tenn. He was severely wounded
in his right arm in the battle of Franklin, and was left in Franklin
when the army assaulted Nashville. When our army retreated from
Nashville, Captain Brown traveled on foot, with his broken arm in a
sling, more than two hundred miles to his home, in Coffeeville, Miss.
After the close of the war, he was a newspaper editor, and was very
successful, He was for fifteen years Adjutant of Featherston Camp, U. C.
V. A good man, a zealous Mason, a consistent Christian, and a brave
soldier has passed over the river.
Pvt. Abel Theodore Cansler
in Lincolnton, the county seat of Lincoln County, North Carolina in
1829, Abel Theodore Cansler was the fourth of eleven children
born to Henry Cansler and Frances Shuford. His father was a local
planter and politician and Abel received an education at the local
Lincolnton Academy. In 1853, Abel married Nancy Susan McNeely in
Iredell County. Along with the family of his older brother, Adolphus
Cansler, Abel and Susan, with two young children, relocated to Panola
County, Mississippi in the fall of 1859.
Abel Theodore Cansler
was 33-years-old when he enlisted, on March 7, 1862, in the “Mississippi
Defenders.” Abel’s brother, Adolphus Cansler, was, by then, a major in
the 1st Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi Regiment. Abel also had
three Cansler brothers serving in North Carolina regiments and another
in the 34th Arkansas. Enlisting as a private, Abel would serve in
Company I of the 33rd until April 6, 1865, nineteen days before the
final surrender. On that day, Capt. L.W. Lawsbea issued this order,
"To: Master Sergt- A.T. Cansler, 33rd Mississippi regiment is hereby
ordered to Lincolnton, NC on business for the quartermaster department
and rejoin his command at Goldsboro, NC or wherever it may be, as early
as possible." Abel was, thus, able to visit his father, and boyhood
home, in the dying days of the war.
Abel returned to Panola
County and became an elder in Long Creek Presbyterian Church. Susan
died in 1874 during the childbirth of their sixth child, John Shaw
Cansler. Abel and Susan were parents of Julia Frances Octavia Cansler
(1854-1925), James Henry Cansler (1856-1943), William Abel Cansler
(1859-1922), Charles Lee Cansler (1867-1921), and Isabelle Addie Cansler
(1869-1944). Abel Cansler left Mississippi for Texas on 28 January
1878. He joined his son, James Henry Cansler, near Walnut Creek, which
is about 18 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Abel had been in Texas for
about 12 months when he died from "palpitations of the heart.' He is
buried in a grave, now unmarked, in Dido, Texas.
Courtesy of Cliff Roberts
Pvt. John M. Covington
John M. Covington was
born in 1828 in Jefferson Co. AL. He is listed on the muster rolls of
the Thirty-third Infantry, Co. I. He died after 1870. His first wife was
named Clementine and his second wife was Mary Musselwhite.
Capt. Robert Haskins Crozier
Haskins Crozier was born January 28, 1836 in Coffeeville,
Yalobusha County, MS and died July 16,1913 in Palestine, Anderson
County, TX and is buried at East Hill Cemetery. He was the son of Hugh
G. Crozier and Nancy K. Oliver. He graduated from The University of
Mississippi in 1857 and was the Principal of the Eureka Male Academy,
Panola County, MS until the War. He married Martha C. Harding on October
6, 1859 in Yalobusha County, MS. After the War they relocated to Prairie
County, AR, where Robert became the Principal of the Hickory Plains Male
and Female Academy in Hickory Plains, AR. They had four children,
however Martha passed away soon after 1870. On November 1, 1871, Robert
married 18 year old Mary Elizabeth Reinhardt in Prairie County, AR. Also
in 1871, Robert became President of Lonoke College in Lonoke County, AR.
He acquired his license to preach for the Presbyterian Church in 1872.
By 1880 Robert and Mary Elizabeth, with four new children had moved back
to Sardis, Panola County, MS, and his Mother, who was widowed, lived
with them. By 1888 they had moved again, this time to Palestine,
Anderson County, TX, where Robert became Pastor at the First
Presbyterian Church, where he remained for 21 years. He was awarded an
honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by The Arkansas College at
Batesville in 1889 and he held the title of Pastor Emeritus until his
death. Nearly two thousand sermons were carefully preserved by his six
children. He gave an address on the death of Jefferson Davis as well as
one on the assassination of President William McKinley. He wrote nine
books between 1867 and 1887, one of which was "The Bloody Junta: Or,
The Escape of John Wilkes Booth: a Story Containing Many Interesting
Particulars in Regard to the Trial and Execution of Mrs. Surratt and
Other So-Called Conspirators." His last request to the Army after
being found unfit for infantry duty on February 25, 1865 was to be
transferred to the Cavalry under Brig. Gen. Chalmers and if that was not
possible to assign duty he could perform.
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Pvt. William Franklin Fowler
William Franklin Fowler
was born October 21, 1851 in Fayette Co., AL. He joined Company I of the
33rd Mississippi Infantry at Grenada, MS in 1862 at the young age of
Following the war, he married Amanda Miranda Methvin January 14, 1877.
He drew a pension from the state of Texas until his death March 10,
1933. He is buried in Antioch Cemetery, near Gary, Panola Co., TX.
Courtesy of Wilma Thedford
Pvt. Richard Floyd Hubbard
Floyd Hubbard was born in Manchester (now Yazoo City), Yazoo County,
Mississippi on 30 January, 1832 to John C. Hubbard and his wife, Mary
Catherine Thomas Hubbard. John C. Hubbard was from Marlborough Co.,South
Carolina. The family moved to Tallahatchie County and then to Panola
County in the mid-1830s. Richard Floyd married 1) Martha Jane Hardin, 2)
Sallie Herring, and 3) S.E. File. Martha Jane Hardin Hubbard (1833-1854)
apparently died during childbirth and she and their infant daughter are
buried in a small cemetery in Chickasaw Hills in Panola County. All of
Richard Floyd's surviving eight children were born to his second wife,
Sallie Herring Hubbard. Richard Floyd served as a private in the 33rd
Mississippi regiment, Featherston's Brigade during the Civil War and was
captured during the Battle of Bakers Creek (Battle of Champion Hill) and
was taken to the Union prison in Elmira, NY where he was held for two
years. Richard Floyd died 11 May 1915 at age 83 years.
Paper and date unknown
Obituary, Bro. R.F.
The subject of the following
sketch, was born in Yazoo County, Miss., Jan. 30, 1832, and died at his
home three miles East of Pope, May 11, 1915, a life of 83 years, 3
months and 11 days.
It is given to but few to live a life such as his and and (sic) to be
able to relate an experience which sounds as much like fiction as actual
facts. In the year 1852, during the "gold fever" period he went to
California, via Mississippi, Cuba, Isthmas (sic) of Panama, crossing the
isthmas (sic) on foot where the Canal Zone now exists.
Returning to Mississippi after 18 months, he married Miss Martha Hardin,
who lived only a year. In 1854 he was married to Miss Sallie Herring,
who died in the fall of 1892. From this union eight children were reared
to manhood and womanhood. In 1893 he was married to Mrs. File who still
In 1862 he enlisted as a private in the 32 (sic) Mississippi regiment of
infantry, was captured and confined for two years in Northern prisons.
For over fifty years he had been a Master Mason and a member of the
It is hard to estimate the influence of such a life if in no other than
a moral way, truthful, honest, pure in his home and God-fearing, we
believe it is well with him. He knew the hardships of this portion of
Mississippi and the great West, during pioneer days. His labor went far
toward building a new country desolated and torn by war. During the
Ordeal of Reconstruction, when mens' souls were tried he did his part as
became a man.
In reviewing the life of this our departed brother, friend and father,
we see many shining traits of character, which go far toward smoothing
away the rougher parts of our faulty nature, traits, which inculcated as
he did aids the divine Architect and Master to polish and fit this bit
of clay to retain a soul, which was made perfect by learning to subdue
A man of plain, sober habits through life, he eschewed all pomp, display
gilded hypocrisy of life. A strong individuality emunating from a strong
healthy frame, such as the frugal habits of pioneer days brought forth,
teaches us that temperance is a great virture. High sound phrases in
reviewing his life would be out of place, nor would it be his desire,
but those who knew him best believe that the influence of his life for
good will (unreadable) and perpetuate itself as . . . (missing rest of
2nd Jr. Lt. Thomas B.
Thomas B. Middleton was born in 1827 in Tuscaloosa Co., Al. At
the age of 36, he joined the "Mississippi Defenders" Co. I of the 33rd
Mississippi Infantry and was elected 3rd Sgt. March 7, 1862. In April
1863 he was promoted to 2nd Jr. Lt.. Following the war he
returned to Panola Co., MS and died ca. 1865.
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Pvt. Charles Augustus
Charles Augustus Morgan
was born July 14, 1843. He enlisted on November 1, 1862 in Abbeville, MS
in Hudson's Battery and eight days later transferred into Co. I
"Mississippi Defenders" of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment.
Following the war he moved to Coryell Co., TX where he died April 1,
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Pvt. Christopher Morgan Schoggen
Christopher Morgan Schoggen was born
March 13, 1832 in Bibb County, AL. According to his pension application,
he joined the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company I "Mississippi
Defenders" under the command of Captain William B. Johnson during the
Civil War. Christopher's service started in Panola County, MS, in March,
1862, and continued until the close of the war. He applied for his
pension September 4th, 1899 in Prentiss County, MS, and stated that he
was 67 years old; had been a resident of Mississippi for 41 years; was
currently married; and that he had one brother, two sons and a daughter.