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Company B


Pvt. Francis M. Carter

Pvt. Francis M. CarterFrancis M. Carter was born about 1839 in Louisiana the son of William P. Carter & Harriet Carter. The Carter family was well established in Amite County by 1850 and are listed in census records with two other sons — Calvin and Augustus.

On January 29, 1858 Francis M. Carter married Martha A. Newman, the daughter of Jonathan Newman and Elizabeth Jane Dixon. On October 4, 1858 (Election Day) a Josephus Jones was stabbed in front of Wall's store in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Francis M. Carter was accused of this stabbing and the subsequent death of the victim on the following day. The Liberty Advocate published a report on the 14th of October, 1858 about this event. It was said that Mary Spurlock Jones spent $3,000 dollars trying to have him hanged. He was instead given a jail sentence, though it would appear to be a short one, from looking at the birth date of his second child — William Monroe Carter on September 7, 1860.

Francis M. Carter served in the 33rd, Company B with his elder brother Calvin Carter and his brother-in-law John Tisdale Newman. At the time of his enlistment he was the father of three small children. He would survive the war, and several more children were born after his service though not all lived until adulthood. Francis M. Carter lived a long life, dying on October 8, 1916 and was buried in Newman-Phillips cemetery with a Confederate marker on his grave.

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Corp. James "Ellison" Cockerham Jr.

James "Ellison" Cockerham Jr. was born December 12, 1834 in Amite County, Mississippi, to James Ellison Cockerham and Malinda Rice. James Jr. married Francis Angeline Page, daughter of John W. and Talitha Page, on February 16, 1854. James Ellison died on December 29, 1901 at the age of 67 in Amite County. He and Malinda are buried in Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery, Amite County, Mississippi.

James Ellison Cockerham Jr., known as "Ellison" enlisted in Co. B, 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Amite County Guards, of the Confederate Army. He was wounded at Peachtree Creek, Georgia in July 1863.

The following stories emerged from the men who served with James Ellison Cockerham, Jr. in the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment. The lives and honor of the men of the 33rd Inf. Regt. were more intricately interwoven than their military duties on the battlefield. A touching story between the Morgan and Cockerham family occurred when on March 29, 1863, Captain Hiram Morgan died in his service to the Confederacy. His body was taken in the night by wagon to his beloved wife, Augusta Hamilton Morgan, a distance of some 90 miles by "Ellison" Cockerham with the simple words, "I brought Hiram home." Ellison then silently returned to camp by daylight. Some years later the daughter of "Ellison", Martha Elizabeth Cockerham, married the son of Captain Hiram Morgan, Michael Iverson "Ive" Morgan.

Another family who became part of the Cockerham family was the family of Iverson Green "IG" Lea. "IG" served in Company K. of the Amite County Defenders in the 33rd Infantry Regiment. Iverson served with Napoleon B. Cockerham, grandson of John and Sarah Cockerham, relatives of James Ellison Cokerham, Jr. "IG" was killed on April 16, 1864 at the age of 41 in service to the Confederate Army. Iverson's daughter, Sarah "Sallie" Lea, would later marry the eldest son of James Ellison Cockerham Jr., Whitfield Green Cockerham.

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1st Corp. C.C. Felder

1st Corp. C.C. Felder1st Corporal Christopher Columbus Felder (C.C. Felder as he was known) was born August 20, 1840 in Amite County, Mississippi. He was the son of Charles F. Felder M.D. and Ann O'Neal. About 1860 he married Talitha Angeline Varnado born October 3, 1840 in Pike County, Mississippi. She was the daughter of Isham Ellis Varnado and Margaret Peggy Hope. He enlisted in the Amite Guards, Co. B of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry. (Many of his wife’s Varnado cousins served in the 33rd as well.)

An interesting story about C.C. Felder was told by his granddaughter, Jessie Felder Myers. She said C.C. Felder returned from the war with two bags of U.S. silver dollars which he used to buy land below the Mississippi and Louisiana State line below Osyka, Mississippi. There he built a house, the “Old Felder Home.” The vacant house still exists in a state of decay.

He died at East Fork, Tangipahoa Parish, LA November 20, 1924. He is buried in a small remote cemetery alongside the Osyka-Progress Road east of the railroad tracks about 200 yards to the south of the road.

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Pvt. John French Hamilton

John French Hamilton was born January 07, 1830* in Alabama the son of Robert Reid Hamilton and Mary French. After his mother's death, it appears to be in the mid 1830's, his father migrated with his children to Amite County, Mississippi. The Hamilton's were slave holders that attended Ebenezer Baptist and Liberty Baptist with some members, including Robert Reid Hamilton, being buried at Ebenezer.

On January 20, 1859 Mary Ann Morgan married John French Hamilton in Amite County. She was the daughter of Wiley Morgan and Margaret Wilson who also were slaveholders. Her uncle was Captain Hiram Morgan of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry, Company B.

When John French Hamilton enlisted in Company B of the 33rd, his family connections were tight. In addition to being married to Hiram Morgan's niece, he was also Captain Hiram Morgan's brother-in-law, as his sister was Augusta Elna Hamilton wife of Hiram Morgan.

John French Hamilton survived the war and died August 04, 1901* in Amite Co., Mississippi.

*Census records back up birth and death years. Exact dates are from Hamilton researcher and I have not confirmed.

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Pvt. Abner J. Mixon

Abner J. Mixon was born about 1844 in Amite Co., Mississippi the son of Obed Mixon* & Mary Falby Barksdale**. The family appears in the 1850 St. Helena Parish, Louisiana census with their children including their son Abner and their Barksdale family members. Abner's parents appear in Line Creek Baptist Church notes in September of 1845 which would put the family close to the boundary with St. Helena Parish and Amite. Others serving in Co. B attended this church as well. The 1860 Amite census records the Obed Mixon family as having grown by several more children.

On May 16, 1863***, Abner J. Mixon, the young farmer from Amite was taken prisoner following the Battle of Champion Hill. He did survive the war and marriage records record an A.J. Mixon married Elizabeth K. Easley on Oct 25, 1865 in Amite Co., Mississippi. They also show A. J. Mixon married Margaret Crawford on Dec 19, 1879 in Amite Co., Mississippi. Mixon researchers list Abner J. Mixon as having several children — William V. "Bill" Mixon, Obed F. Mixon, and Eva Mixon with his first wife and Corrine, Joseph, Albert, Mary, Herbert, and James Mixon with his second wife. The last son was born about 1897.


*This is not the Obed Z. Mixon family that also appears in Amite records though they are no doubt connected to each other.

** Her name is spelled differently among researchers from Falby, Falba, to Falby Coffee Barksdale.

***Amite County, Mississippi, 1699-1890, Volume 3, by Albert Casey has a transcription error related to Abner J. Mixon. He is listed incorrectly as being on the Confederate Monument that was placed in Liberty following the war. The correct name on the monument is A.J. Wilson of Co. B that died at the Battle of Franklin.

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Captain Hiram Morgan

Captain Hiram Morgan was born March 1, 1824 in Amite Co., Mississippi the youngest son of William Morgan, Sr., and Elizabeth Gayden. He was the grandson of George Gayden and Lois Collins. The Gayden family, one of the very earliest settlers of this region, traveled with other slaveholding families from Virginia and the Carolinas led by the adventurous Agrippa Gayden and Thomas Batchelor (the first clerk of Amite). On February 8, 1849 Hiram Morgan married Augusta Elna Hamilton the daughter of Robert Reid Hamilton and Mary French. Hiram and Augusta were members of Unity Presbyterian church where the most prominent slave holders of the area attended and they had at least one child (Prentiss Adelaide Morgan) baptized in the church.

At the time of the organization of Company B, Captain Morgan was the father of five surviving children (he lost his first born son in infancy). His youngest daughter Augusta Rosina was born in 1863 either shortly before or after her father’s death. Captain Hiram Morgan was killed March 29, 1863 near Deer Creek Mississippi in an early phase of the Vicksburg campaign. The oral story passed down relating to Hiram takes place after his death. It was reported that one of his close friends stole a military wagon in order to take Hiram’s body home. Upon seeing the wagon Augusta Hamilton Morgan ran out of her home. She was greeted with the simple words that said it all, “I’ve brought Hiram home.”
Captain Hiram Morgan was buried at Morgan-Gordon Cemetery located off of Hwy 568 just north of Gillsburg, Mississippi. Regretfully, there is just a simple marker with no mention of his Confederate service marking his grave. I’ve been told but have not verified that his name is on the Mississippi monument at Vicksburg.

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Pvt. Levi Jack Netherland

Pvt. Levi NetherlandLevi Jack Netherland was born May 15, 1831 in Lawrence County, MS. He married Nancy Luvisa Roberts. His death occurred March 20, 1903 in Catahoula Parish, LA.


Webmaster: He served with the 33rd Mississippi Infantry in January & February of 1863, then joined Hoskins' Battery, Mississippi Light Artillery (Brookhaven Light Artillery).

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Pvt. John Tisdale Newman

Pvt. J.T. Newman with wife Sappina Jane HaleyJohn Tisdale Newman was born September 11, 1842 in Amite County, Mississippi. He was the son of Johnathan Newman and Elizabeth Jane Mixon. He married Sappina Jane Haley on March 6, 1862, the daughter of Albert Haley and Mary Day.

He joined Company B, Amite County Guards, 33rd MS Infantry, and was mustered into service April 1, 1862 in Grenada, Mississippi. On May 17, 1863, at the Battle of Champion Hill on Baker's Creek, he received a saber cut across the head and a wound from a shell fragment. He was captured by the Army of the Tennessee, and sent to Memphis, Tennessee, May 25, 1863. He was then sent to Camp Morton, Indiana. He was then sent to Fort Delaware, Delaware, June 15, 1863. He was sent to City Point, VA, for exchange in July 1863. The exchange did not take place and he was sent to Point Lookout, MD, September 20, 1863. He was then sent to Elmira, NY, August 18, 1864. Paroled at Elmira, NY March 10, 1865, and sent to James Riviera for exchange.

He came back home to Amite County, MS and raised a family of 6 boys and 4 girls. He was a member of United Confederate Veterans Camp No. 226, Amite County, Mississippi.

He died May 3, 1923 and is buried in the Newman Family Cemetery in Gillsburg, Mississippi.

Photo and item from The Southern Herald, Liberty, MS
Compiled by Joey Wall

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Captain John Powell

Capt. John Powell
John Powell
was born December 16, 1824.

When the Amite Guards were formed and became Company B of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Powell, at the age of 37, was elected 1st Lieutenant in April 1862. Following the death of Captain Hiram Morgan, he was promoted to Captain of Company B on April 7, 1863.

He was killed in action at the battle of Franklin, TN on November 30, 1864. Several sources cite his rank as "acting Major" as early as July of 1864. It is supposed that he is buried at McGavock Cemetery, Franklin, Tennessee as one of the many "Unknowns."

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Pvt. George Washington Roberts

George Washington Roberts was born in Pike County, Mississippi on November 14, 1842, to Barzilla Monroe Roberts and Elceba Wall Roberts. He was their oldest child and only son with seven younger sisters. He married Frances Jane Guy on April 7, 1870, in Amite County, Mississippi. Their union was blessed with eight children with my grandfather, Claude Jefferson Roberts, being their youngest child. They lived in Amite County at his wife Jane's family homestead. He and Jane along with his mother are all buried there at the Old Place that is still in my family.

This confederate soldier belonged to Company B, 33rd Mississippi Infantry, Amite Guards. He received a leg wound during the Civil War that caused him to limp when walking. My grandfather recalled him many times walking across the yard with his hands behind his back, head down, as if he were pondering some problem. He would be humming or singing low, "Am I a Soldier of the Cross?" to the tune of Arlington, which seemed to be his favorite hymn.

He was a cotton farmer and an excellent chair maker. He even made the shoes he wore on his wedding day. Always a religious man, he died on April 3, 1910, stricken while attending church services at the Muddy Springs Methodist Church.

Webmaster note:  George Washington Roberts was captured at Nashville, TN December 16, 1864 and was a POW at Camp Chase, OH.

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Pvt. Jordan W. Taylor

Jordan W. Taylor was born about 1824 in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana the son of David Taylor and Nancy Jordan. He had several siblings and two younger half brothers, one being Nimrod A. Taylor that he served beside in the 33rd.

In the 1850 Mississippi census Jordan W. Taylor is listed with his wife S. Taylor* and two sons, D.C. Taylor age 7 and W.H.M. Taylor age 5. Jordan purchased almost 150 acres of land in 1859. In the 1860 census Jordan W. Taylor can be found with only his two sons listed — David 16 and Wesley age 14. The family attended Jerusalem Church situated near the present town of Gillsburg, as they appear in the church notes for 1842 and again in a list of deaths of members that goes to about 1865. Jordan W. Taylor is listed as deceased with no date given and his wife as deceased in 1862.

Prior to the war he was a carpenter and a farmer.

Jordan W. Taylor died November 4, 1862 either of disease or perhaps in a battle or skirmish while serving in Company B.

* Listed as Sapherina Jordan in Amite County, Mississippi, 1699-1865, Volume #3, The Environs, by Albert E. Casey. The author of this book was also a TAYLOR descendant.

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NOTE: When he enlisted in Company B, his age was listed as 40.

Nimrod A. Taylor

Nimrod A. Taylor was born about 1835 the son of David Taylor and Elizabeth Westmoreland. He was named for his grandfather Nimrod Taylor a Revolutionary War Veteran that arrived from the Carolina's in the early 1800's to Southwestern Mississippi and the adjoining parishes of Louisiana. Nimrod A. Taylor had one brother and several older half-siblings including his one older half brother Jordan W. Taylor that he would serve with in Co. B.

In the 1850 St. Helena Parish census Nimrod is found with his parents and brother; and close by are his Westmoreland and Taylor extended family. On March 16, 1854 Nimrod A. Taylor married Martha Brown in Amite Co., Mississippi. Nimrod A. Taylor appears in Line Creek Baptist church notes for the years 1852 & 1857. This church was on the dividing line of St. Helena Parish and Amite County in what later would become the Gillsburg community.

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Pvt. Elijah B. Wall

Elijah B. Wall was born February 18, 1824* in Amite Co., Mississippi the son of Elijah Byrd Wall and Sarah "Sally" Welch. The family attended Jerusalem Baptist church located near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Jerusalem Baptist was established on February 29, 1812 with the first pastor being a W.B. Wall.

Mary Elizabeth Gordon married Elijah B. Wall July 31, 1845** in Amite Co., Mississippi. In the 1850 Amite census the young farming couple appear with three children.

Elijah B. Wall survived the war & the family appears in the 1870 Amite census as E.B. Wall age 43, M.E. Wall age 40, and four children.

* Census records give conflicting approximate dates for his birth year but it would appear to have been around 1826-1827.

** Wall researchers record the marriage year as 1845. Mississippi, Amite County Marriages by Oma Jones Gordon records it as 1846.

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1st Lieut. Hampton Wall

Hampton Wall was born August 17, 1830.

At the age of 31 he enlisted in the Amite Guards which became Company B of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment and was elected 2nd Lieutenant. On April 7, 1863 he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Wall was commanding the Company when he was wounded at the battle of Peachtree Creek (GA) on July 20, 1864.

He died September 14, 1907 and is buried in the Hampton Wall cemetery, Amite County, Mississippi.

Note: Some sources cite his rank as captain, but official records indicate 1st Lieut., as the highest rank. After Captain Powell's death, he would have assumed the command of the company. In addition, the Amite Co., Confederate Veteran Association list has his rank as Lieut.

[RETURN TO TOP]                           Photo: H. Grady Howell, Jr. For Dixieland I'll Take My Stand. Chickasaw Bayou Press. 1998.

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