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Cnlnram 1ime?~Dtopatca, Hleh-tno?*,
dv la if. DAkisn,
of JVew Orleuus.
My family and frlond3 have often
askCd mo to Jot down some of tHe '
many experiences of mine while a aol- !
?ier In the ranks fighting under whnt
jve thought the most beautiful banner
In the world?the Ktara and liars of
?ho Confederacy. 1 was but a school- j
hoy when Florida, rhy natlvo State,
seceded form the Union. 1 had been '
reared almost like n girl by my kind,
loving ami Indulgent mother, who,
though strict with her seven children,'
i wo girls nnd five boys, was self-i
sacrificing and watchful of everything I
affocUu gthclr welfare; therefore It
was n great shock when her five hoys ;
enlisted In the army. I was retiring
and even shrinking In my disposition.
I suppose because | had not been
thrown with many people. Pcnsacola ,
eriu a provincial village, and there
were but few Americans' in the town
at that lime, hut when the bugle
called us to the front i forgot It all,
and boy ;iH | was, 1 stood side by
side with bearded men.
I could not describe the high pitch
"f enthusiasm manifested by aJJ and '
the Intense patriotism of our people ;
at that time. The boy, ami girls deck- I
od themselves with ribbons and cook
:?des to show their earnestness and
sympathy In the movement to protect I
uur homci. against iuvx*|on. Thcro was '
a whirl of excitement In the air, and j
like ,an cleoti'lc current It hud per- .
moated every Hass of society. The'
tvnm?lij with one accord, rolled out:
I heir sewing machines to araist In
making ?andhags to u?o In construct?
ing breastworks for our soldiers, and '
preparing bandago* for the wounded, !
arid I, like many other boy*, assisted i
ihem In this work 1 was Just rounding
Itiy sixteenth year, but I was tall,
measuring nix fee) ,?lr, nn,j u ))ujf
Inches, and :<s I b;id been a Constant
attendant at a gymnasium tit home
1 was strong, active nnd muscular. I j
was alrea.lv n in ember of ;> local mili?
tary company, known as the Pepaacpla ;
'I'lardc. Most of 'he hoyr of this fancy]
organization, like myself, were from
nil acadoniy lit Pcnsacola. The captain'
was a veteran of ihe Mexican War.
I'plaln Ilrlght, and our orderly serr |
geant was my brother, James Met', i
Raker. As soon as war clouds com- !
menced lb gather, warning us that
real fighting Was about to begin, w.e
started to drill In earnest, so as to
he ready for any contingency. We hu'l
not long to remain Idle, for that gal- I
lant ofilcor. Colonel Tonnent Ijomax, :
of Alabama, was already en rollt? to ]
Pensacola with a small battalion and !
with orders to hasten to Forts Par- ?
lancafl and Mc'Creo ar.d capture them, j
These forts were situated nine miles '
from the city, on the mainland, at j
Ihe mouth of Pensacola nay. We at'
once offered our services to Colonel ,
Lotriax, and our company was made i
part of. his command.
Wo lost no time In starting on this i
expedition, and trudging laboriously ;
through the deep sands for which thai
part of the State Is noted, arrived
i-t the enemy's gale, Fort Barrancas,11
the same evening. This wa? in the
early part of January, I SGI. A halt I
was made an<l our little battalion was
lined up. facing the massive wall which i
Burrounds l~e f?rt. Colonel Lome:,, |
who sat bis horse superbly, wheeled ,
in his saddle and with animation ad- ,
dressed hs, j
"Hoys,"' ? he said, "if they surrender j
without a tight, act like gentlemen, but,
if you have to tight, fight like hell."
He then rode up to the ponderous iron
gates, and. like a knight of old,
clanked his sabre in the face of the
guard and demanded the fort's sur?
render. The corporal in charge called
ttic sergoant of tho guard, and he, In
turif, called the ofheer of tho day. Af?
ter communicating with Colonel Slem
uier. the Union officer in command.
Colonel L?ni?x end staff were admitted '
to arrange terms of Ihe surrender. In j
a few minutes the graceful folds of)
the Stara and .Stripes were seen to J
tremble for au instant, and then, like,
u wounded bird fluttering, slid down I
from the majestic staff which stood
proudly in the centro of the campus.
The sentinels, too, who were pacing
their beats high up on tho wall, which
encirclos the fort, grounded their
arms and tho gates wore thrown open
and Colonel Fornax's batlalion march?
ed In to take charge, arange their
quarters and gtiord their prisoners.
Colonel T.omiix afterwards command?
ed tlie Third Alabama Hogimcnt. lie.
was a rnau of superb physique, and
his men Idolized him. Ifo was not only
one of tho most prominent and pic?
turesque figures In the lato drama,
but lie was also one of the bravest
nnd most daring officers of tho Con?
federate service. ]lo was killed lead?
ing his regiment into tho first fight
at Seven Pines.
While In tho barracks J had qullo
an uncxpocte.d experionce with a ruf?
fian who hud joined our company Just
?before leaving tho city. Ho was an
Alabamian by the namo of ltldcll. Hlu
father kept a hotel In Pcnsacola, but
the family were from Qreonvlllo, Ala.
My brother had put Bldoll in the
guardhouse for gott'ug drunk and
violating sotno rules of discipline, and
when ho got out ho was on tho war?
path. I went down to the mcssroom
the' morning aftor his release and I
found him thc.ro. As soon as ho saw
mo ho commenced tho moat frightful
tirade against my brother, addressing
ids remarks to tho cook and telling
that ncccseary adjunct to our mcsu
what he was going to do to my broth
?er when ho saw him. I approached
him and cautioned lilm that. "I would
not allow any one to abuse my broth?
er." He scornfully eyed me, and
with tho most contemptuous sneer
said, "Well. Mr. ?Kid/ I will Jli3t show
you what I'W.Hl do to you," and with
that, he drew, a big Colt's revolver
from' its holster, saying, "I will juat
teach you a lesson, my boy." Tho only
weapon n]bout my person was,- a long
bla/iud knife, which I always carried
In my belt. I quickly grasped .'.?tho
>.>',.h)U of tho kntfo, hut hoforo ho could
r ;M p . tho plBtol. to' ahoo/.; rip" .of lha
tho room and pinioned hie hands be?
hind him until he was well secured
Several days artor this incident,
when passing through the campus, I
saw that 1 xv,as about to meet Bldell
coming from the opposite direction,
and I made up my mind that thorc was
going to be a light. 1 was surprised,
however, to see him approaching mo
with an extended hnnd. at the same
time saying, "Vom nre all right, pal;
talco my word for It; if you ever get
Into trouhlo call on me. I will aland
by you through thick and thin."
This won mi' first experience as a
soldier, but not my lant, as my tat?
tered uniform and bleeding feet would
attest were It not that half a century
haH passed since, full of hope, en?
thusiasm and patriotism, our command
inarched through tho beautiful valleys
and climbed the picturesque hills of
dear old Virginia, undor tho banner of
that peerless leader, R. E. Lee. But
to continue my story.
The Pensacola Guards remained at
ITort BarrancaK for some time. We
bad Included Fort McCrea. In our cap?
ture, but Fork Bickens, where Colonoi
A. 3. Hlcmmer was nllowed to retire
under the terms of Iiis surrender, still
frowiiod ominously at us from across
the channel. A secret movement was
started among the noncommissioned
oftlcorn and privaten of our but?tllon
lo lake. Fort Plckone, nnd a picked
nqued wan selected lo do the trick,
and I was chosmi to be one of the
squad. We hud arranged our scaling
ladders und secured the .-.orvlco of a
tug to land tis on tho Island near the
fort. But Colonel W.alC. Chase, tho
Confederate commander of that dis?
trict, heard of tho projo't In some
unknown way and sent for our officers,
who. by the way. know nothing about
It. and told them lhat "he would hold
them to a ntrlet accouna'blllty If the
expedition was carried out," remark?
ing. "1 will not be the first officer In
the Confederate army to shed blood."
Ills prompt uctlon put a stop fo the
expedition and Fort Bickens remained
a Cnlon stronghold to tho end of the
I wa r.
We wore relieved of our duties at
the forts by a r.'eorgla regiment, and
! while I was standing at the gato of
the barracks one morning, just before
leaving for home, watching the Geor
e/la boys mount gunrd, one of our ool
dler? said to me, "The officer of the day
has your name, H. 11. Baker.'" I walked
over lo the lieutenant and, introduc?
ing myself, asked him If his name was
H. If. Baker. Me said It was. I then
told him lhat was also my name, re?
marking that I wan from Pensacola,
and was named for a Mr. Henry Hyer,
the moDl prominent merchant of that
city, of whom my father had been
very fond, ifc said he w.ih from North
Georgia, but that he had also been
named for that same Mr. Hyer, of
Pensacola. We shook hands cordially
and pledged ourselvc? lo uphold the
honor of the name nnd try. If possible,
to cover it with glory. Poor fellow, ho
was killed at Gettysburg, where 1 also
had been erroneously reported among
Our command returned to Pensacola
and called a meeting of tho company
to ascertain their views us to enlist?
ing for the war. The majority, how?
ever, voted against the proposition. I
at once wired my brother, Marion A.
Baker, who was at that tlmo city
editor of the Picayune, to send in my
application to tho Washington Artil?
lery, w.hlch had Just enlisted for the
war. Ho telegraphed mc to come over
immediately, that 1 had been accepted.
After arriving In New Orleans Captain
-B. F. F.shlemnn, of Ihn Fourth Com?
pany, to which I li8,l boon assigned,
detailed me to help drill the most dc
llcicut mrmlicrs of the company. After
wc had made every preparation to do
part wo inarched out of New Orleans
tu Virginia on the 27th of May, 1801;
just a half century ago.
It wi ild be almost Impossible to de?
scribe the high pilch of enthusiasm
of tho citizens of Nev; Orleans at that
time. May 26. a Sabbath morning, our
four companies in their gay uniforms,
bearing nloft the battalion's beuutlful
silken flug, a present from the ladles
of tho city, marched to I,nfayette
Square, where wo were, mustered into
tho Confederate nerv ire by Lieutenant
Phleffer, C. S. A. Tho sight was one
to be long remembered, for tho square
wns crowded with the relatives und
friends of tho young men of the com?
mand. After the muster the battalion
marched to Christ Church, where now
stands tho Malson Blanche department,
storo. on Canal Street. Tho colors of
the battalion were placed against, tho
ehancol rail, nnd Dr. Lcucock, rector
of tho sacred edifice, delivered his
sermon, which mostly contained allu?
sions to tho trials and tribulations
?which we all might encounter In tho
Ho enjoined all to remember that
they were educated to bo gentlemen
and represented Urn chivalry of tho
South, and It bohooved them to bring
back tholr charade as soldiers and
gentlemen unblemished. After the dis?
course the colors wero held aloft bo
foro the altar nnd the benediction
pronounced. Early next morning. May
27, cvoryhody was astir, and ono could
hear the ovr on all sides, "Tho Wash?
ington Artillery is going to tho war."
As wo marched through tho streets,
escorted by local oommands, every |
thoroughfare and baloony was crowded
with relatives and friends of our bat?
tery, ladles waving handkerchiefs and
tflio" great throng wishing us god?
Many a mother, wife, sister and
sweothcart worn bathed in tears ai
tho sighl of their beloved ones de?
parting to engage In a conflict which
might mean death to them, yet Ihcy
w/sro proud and glad that they had. a
dear ono to offer to thblr country.
Pausing the City Hall, tho Rev. Dr.
Palmer made "us a patriotic and stir?
ring address. Along tho entire .route
frem.Now Orloana to Virginia wfi me t
with one continuous.? reception, ' and,
tur ,mUttnryN train wa/' litoially pcUcd
the way, who had hoard of our com?
ing, and r. continuous ohocr greeted un
as wo epod through Mississippi* Ala-:
bam a, Georgia, TenqeHseo and Vir?
ginia. Our first stop was Lynchburg,
j whero a grand roanquet w_as propared
I for us and a cordial wolcoine extended
, tho battalion. Tho citizen,, were so
earnest and sincere In their welcome
I that they Insisted upon tuning us to
j their various homes.
Colonel Eshlotnan and I were enter- I
talned by Mrs. Daniels, whose husband
was u prominent banker of that city;
in fact, all our command wore royally
entertained by the hospitable citizens
or that city. They made heroes of us
buforc we e.ouhl show the good people
I of Virginia what, stuff the Louisiana
boys w/ero made of. Leaving L,yhoh
burff. our next stop was at Richmond,
dear old Hcclnuond,-thut we were to
know and love so well nfterwavds. j
From itlchmond we were ordered to 1
a point near the afterwards famous
Bull rtun. One morning while we were
peacefully resting in our tents orders
came to dispatch tho second comptsny .
of our command to the front, sup?
posedly to engage the enemy, who :
were, it was reported, advancing to?
wards Bull Hun. I sought Captain'
Kshlemun and requested that he give j
I me a transfer to the second company.,'
I had been placed In Captain Ballte- '
man's charge by my brother, Marlon, '
because he thought I wan too young
j to lake care of myself. Captain Eshle- |
' man asked me why T wanted ti trans- I
j fer. Being cornered, I replied with a |
I subterfuge: "Captain," I snld, *'l havo j
I more frlenda in the Second Company
than 1 have in the Fourth." The doar. ?
i kind captain smiled and suid, "Now.
I Baker. 1 don'l wn.nl to lose you, and I
promise you that you shall get In the
! first light of the war if you stay where
1 you arn. In my company, the Fourth." i
l told him r was satisfied. That night
. on tho slope of a mountain we laid
down to rest and sleep. Our commis?
sary wagon had gone astray and 1 was
hungry and fatigued, but nevertheless
1 slept the sleep of the "blessed, .lust
before the break of 'lay f was dls
| turbed by sonic one shaking me to j
! wake me" up. I was startled for an
1 Instant, but I saw my captain; who
hud come lo keep his promise., "Now.
Baker," he said, "if you are In earnest
you have the opportunity tills morning.
I Get up and go over to Hie First Com
I pany and ask for Sergeant Payne.
! I have arranged with him to take you j
i with bis detachment." The First Com
pany was lo engage the enemy at '
I Blackburn's Ford. I wan soon with
j Sergeant Payne ajjd the company wns
off in a Jiffy to meet the enemy. Wo
halted for a few. minutes on the road?
side, and as we were without rations
we filled our caps with blackberries.
Which grew in great profusion on
the roadside. Our "battery had not long
to tarry, however, for a courier dashed
up and ordered the guns forward al
a gallop. Cannons were booming frpm
the opposite side of Blackburn's Ford,
warning us "lo be quick,'' for there
w;is serious work for ns to do there.
I Excited horses with wagonloads of
supplies were dashing pell-mell over
.the Meld?, ambulances scurrying hither
'and thither, picking up the wounded.
All Hie animated confusion, and tho
dead lying oh the roadside as we
passed to the from, presented a very
exciting and harrowing scene, par?
ticularly to the mind of a young and
1 Inexperienced boy like myself, .lust
across the field, well up In the front.
? stor?d tlenoral Bcaurcgard, holding a
I small riding whip, switching his trous
! or.-- as uneoncorticd ns if he wore mere?
ly a looker-on, when In reality, he
: wm directing I he placing of tho
troops. Our battery was halted for an
Instant behind a neck of woods, so
that WS might select a commanding
position; then we unllmberrd and the
battle commenced in earnest. The
enemy having gotten our range, we
were literally pelted with shut and
shell. We hos-tened to advance our
position, so as to get out of their
range, and while their shot screeched
over our heads our gun* were having
telling effect nnd doing great execu?
tion. I was acting as a supernumerary j
on Sergeant Payne's detnehment, and ;
my duty was to carry ammunition
from the caisson to the gun?. Georc.-1
Muse, whom I was assisting, would |
dive down in the cairson chest and j
hand mo the cartridge. Taking it j
quickly, T would des|) up to the front I
with it. On one of these trips I missed |
Muse. T looked around and saw hhn
lying on his back with a crucifix lo '
his Hps nnd the blood gushing from
his shoulder. I quickly bent over him
and asked him what had happened. He I
replied, "Baker, I nm d'ono for; I am |
going to die." I tried to assure him '
that lie would be all right soon, and.
binding a. hnndkerchief about the
wound to try to stop the flow of.
blood. I left him to resume tho carry- !
Ing of cartridges alone. Poor Muse ?
died that night In one of these runs
T was suddenly brought to a hult by |
a stinging lick, which carried me to i
the ground. I was lifted by two In
fantrymcn, and. little dreaming that I
I had been seriously w.oundcd. T waved
my hand to the boys and assured
them that I would "be back III a mln
| Ute. I was deposited in the rear of
my battery, and soon afterwards It
was announced that tho enemy had re?
tired from the' field. Tho battle of Bull
Hun had been fought and won by tho
"boys In gray," nnd'the Washington
Artillery hnd defeated the crack ar?
tillery corps of the Union < \y, Sher?
man's Battery, thereby \v..:ulng the I
first laurel which was to be added to i
in each battle of the war, thus rolling i
up honors for the battery und win?
ning for them the first place among
the great commands of tho country. I
Sherman's Battery was commanded I
that day by Captain Rlckott, of the!
United States Army. I knew, him |
personally, as ho and his family had ,
been constant visitors to my mother's
home In Pensacola when he. was in
command of the post In that district.
Captain Rlckett was severely wound?
ed, captured and removed to Itlch?
mond for medical nttenllon, whero his
beautiful daughter nursed him, she
having Occn allowed to come through
our lines for that purpose. I was
anxious to -see him nnd pay him some
attention, hut 1 was unable, to do so,
confined as I was to iny room.
Thoso of tho Washington Artillery
who were w.oundcd and were able to
boar the trip to itlchmond were re
/noved from Manassas Junction and
placed on the floor of a boxcar. In the
party, besides Captain Bshloinau, were
J. A. Tarloton, H. U Zcbal. It. Tjilly
and myself. A carriage awaited me at
the depot whcn~I arrived in Rich?
mond, brought there by R Mr. Smith, I
who had learned that some, of ourj
command had beon wounded, and be- |
Having that I might bo amoitp; those,
who wore to arrlvo on the trrtln from!
Mantissas, came in a Carriage, nccom- ?
panled by his son,, to see that T wns
cared for. I had beon recommended to
him favora'nly by Durnnt Da Ponte,
who was a war correspondent for sev?
eral Southern papers. Mr. Smith
kindly asked mo, to' "choose one of
the boys lo go .with me," and I turned
to Tarlton, Ho, with plonsuro depicted !
on hl? face, ugreod to go. Wo were'
soon on our way lo what wns to be
our homo for several weeks, li beau?
tifully furnished front room on. the
ground, floor of a residence located
In op,, attractive quartor of tho city.
\Ytt Wore -royally ? entertained by a Mr.
Dfivls.'- Who -Mils a warm, peVifOnH.l
ifiif^jMi^iat-; a iA\ u>. ?-. ? i'Vt ??:? t> i ???
wealthy an<i patriotic. Jews of Rich?
mond. Mr. brother, p. M. Uakor, who
wu.? & member of tho Louisiana Ouurds
at that time, wno detailed to tako care
of mo during my Illness. n0 netod as
grand master of ceremonies. We need?
od htm, too, to recelvo "the visitors,
who camo in great numbors to extend
their sympathy and offer financial as?
sistance |f needed. Carriages were
constantly rolling up to our door, with
tho most beautiful women In Rich?
mond carrying flowors and dainty
sweetmeats and dcllulous morsels of
every description to tempt the appe?
tite. Tarlton and T wero fretfully
eager to catch a gllmnsa of these
radiantly beautiful girls, who were
lavishly bestowing upon ua such
honors, cherishing- the hope that at
some future day wc might know them.
Who dons not remember the wjt and 1
beauty of those exquisitely charming!
women who reigned with grace In tile
capital of the South? Among them
were Misses Pago Waller, Mottle and
Constance Cary, Kate Urander, Jennie
Cary, of Baltimore, and many others
whom I knew aftorwardB.
As soon as I was a?blc to bo moved
I was urged by Mrs. Kennen to come j
to hor homo, whore she could nurse ]
me back to health. Mrs. Konnon was i
a MUn Fisher, of North Carolina, and
sho knew of our family, and there?
fore I needed no introduction. Sho
Was a sweet and lovely character, and
X shall never forgot how tenderly and i
lovingly she watched over me during:
my stay thero. When I was ablo to
walk, with the aid of a stick, I nc- i
cepted the kind hospitality of Colonel
Wren, who had a beautiful country >
homo. "Occhlneechee," Just out of j
Richmond. My stay them proved a
great delight to me. Nothing was left !
undone by his noble wife and charm- i
ing daughters to make my stay de?
lightful, and "pcceneecltc" was, during
tho war, whenever I was near Rich?
mond, my Virginia home. Mrs. Wren
always spoke of me as her "soldier
boy.'' Duront Oa Ponte, who was a
great friend of my brother Marion, en?
joyed the friendship of many people
in Virginia, and I appreciate the fact
that It was mainly through his effort
that such a pleasant road had been ,
paved for me there. No doubt my
youth and Inexperience appealed to
him, but I am sure he entertained for
me, beside?, a very warm regard, as
was proven at a later date during the
Three years ago to-day the veterans
of the Washington Artillery assem?
bled ut a banquet at the St. Charles
Hotel, to commemorate the forty,
seventh anniversary of the departure
of the commund to the seat of ?ar, '
that bravo and dashing soldier, Oen- ?
oral W. J. Behau, presiding on that
ocraslon. My brother Page was to
have been present, but at the. last
moment was prevented by Illness, but ,
T was there, however, to respond to'
a toast to the press. On my right :<at
Colonel B. F. Esholmati, whom the
boys adored, and on my left sat that
old warrior, our guest, Gcnoml B, P. I
Alexander, who commnnde.) the artil?
lery of Northern Virginia. Both of
those splendid olllcars and gallant sol- t
tilers have since Joined the silent
army. To-night what Is left of our
gallant old command will assemble
at a banquet at the Grunewald llotol,
to commemorate the fiftieth anniver?
sary of the battalion's departure from
New Orleans to the scat of war In Vir?
ginia. ' j
in tills brief and hurried narrative
1 regret that I cannot extend my
story to tho operations of our bat?
tullori around that dear old city, Pe?
tersburg, which nestles so peacefully
on the 'banks of the Appomattox, und
where ho many of my fondest mem?
ories cluster. It was In tho "Cockade
City*' that our lagged and half-starved
boys encountered untold hardships, for
we not only had to stand suurd day
and night, but wc had to strengthen
the breastworks around the city,
digging and wheeling tons of earth
In barrow* high up on the casements
hohind which wo hoped to lessen our
dunger from c\ttttck.
The heroism ot tho wood pooplo of
Petersburg should bo un example for
future generations to omulato, und
their patriotism and solf-oaorlflco will i
llvo in history along with tho docds of.
valor or her matchless soldiers.
Hor bravo and oulturod women. I
though boroft of every comfort and
sorely pressud for the necessities of
life, found time and mcuns to ad- I
minister to tho crying wants of the!
Southern sold'ers, und gave freely and'
generously of their scant mcuns. oven 1
?eliding out to the trenches, under lire |
at tlmcH. provisions to 'the hungry,'
worn atid weary men. who night and
day wore at their posts ot duty, with?
out the necessities to keep body and
Wc would He In our trenches at!
night with our cyoa upturned, watch- j
inK the play of tho deadly fireworks,
mortar shells with fuse aflame, dart-!
Ing across the heavens In graceful
curves, presenting a grand meteoric |
display, No mailer how beautiful to
tho eye, IL was appalling, becauso It
meant, possibly, tho destruction of the
These frightful mcssengors of death I
crashed through sacred edifices, resi?
dences and business places alike, mak- ?
ing living In that 'beautiful city al-j
most unbearable. The people of Pc
tersburg, however, were made ot line
motal, and through It all were un?
daunted and determined to resist to th?
very last. As an Illustration of the
stubborn determination and the grim
and daring bravery of the pooplo at
that time, I must ctto an Incident. One
lady asked mu to go ajid reeouc an
old lady from her residence, which had
been almoBt demolished by the rain
of shot nnd shell which was heilig
hurled relentlessly into the city by the
long-range siege guns of the enatny's
batteries. 1 sought her and urged her
to go to u place of safety with me. She ]
replied: '?I>ot thorn do their worst:
f will not be driven from my home."
I pointed to the heaps of brick and
mortar lying on tin- iloors, cuusod by
the crushing of shot and shell through
tho walls of tho building, to no avail.
Sho would not stir from her home.
This was Ihe sublime spirit which, i
llk'^ a burning fire, kept uglow In the J
breast s of these grand people during
the trying times of the siego of l?e- ?
tersburg. The same determination and
the same spirit ol" patriotism and
heroism glowed in the breast of every !
Southern soldier. Is it. a wonder, then, i
that our w.ornout and ragged little
army should have held In check for
so many weary months the grand and
Imposing army of tho Union, com- j
posed, as it way. mainly of drafts upon
the nations of the world? It has been
said, and said truly, that "when the
Confederate army laid down their arms
at Appomattox they did not surrender
to Braiit'a army, but to all the nations
of the world."
My heart throbs with varied and
conflicting emotions when 1 review my |
career as a soldier, but above all comes
tho spd recollection or those, who
served US so faithfully who have bocn
left behind oil the battlcilolda. And
then, again, since tno war so many
have gbliq from us to their last rest?
ing places. All those wounded with
me at Pull Run have answered their ?
last roll call. My dear brother, Page ,
M. Baker, with whom I had been ??? '
soclated for a half-century, one yoar
ago passed over the silent river, to rest
under the. Ires, leaving irio alone out
of the live brothers who enlisted In
the nrmy. "but the saddest part of it
was that just as lila beautiful daugh?
ter, his only child. Consignee, was
budding into womanhood, lie was taken
This is tlie first chapter of my ex- i
perlenco in the army, and us it I"
written entirely for my family, T trust i
l may not he charged with egotism, for
I have never sought notoriety, but
on the contrary l have always avoided
anything ? savoring of vainglory. 1
have simply related incidents just as
they happened when my mind wus,
young and retentive, that is all.
(Continued From Laut Sunday.)
His granddaughter, Mrs. A. l->. Bar
tcustcln, Warrenton, Va., says that
John Hampton married tirst a Miss
Hunton, by whom he had issue a sou,
Silas Hunton, who died of tuberoiilor
sis in 1S37, and a daughter, Eliza
Brent, wlio llkowise 'died of consump?
tion between 13S7-'39. Ho married
secondly Ellzn Brent (was not his
daughter, Eliza Brent, probably 'a
daughter of this wife'.'), and for tho
third t|me, May 8, 1821. to Susan Fowko
Johnson, Mrs. Barteristeih's grand
lnother, by whom*~he hod Issue two
daughters, Mary F, and Calharino F.
In "The Colonial Families of the
Southern States'' Miss Stella Pickett
Hardy says that John Hampton mar?
ried Hannah Nealo Hunton, daughter
of Colonel Eppa and Elizabeth Marye
Brent Hunton, but this is hardly pos?
sible, If the dates of birth of Colon? 1
and Mrs. Hunton nro correct as she
gives them. viz.. Colonel Hunton In
1787, and Elizabeth M. Brent In 179U.
and their marriage In 1811. John
Hampton's wlfo may have been a sister
of Colonel Eppa Hunton, in&tcaj of his
" The. third wife, Susan Fowko John?
son, was a daughter of Wilfred John?
son, who married on September
17S0, Mary Peyton, daughter 'of Henry
Peyton and his wife, Susannah Fowko,
daughter of Captain Chandler and
Mary T. 1'owlte, of "OunSlOII Hall." etc.
See "Hayden's Virginia Genealogies."
Mary Frances Hampton, daughter of
John and Susan J, Hampton, married
Thomas )?;. ('Hpatelsi, of Fauqnler and
had issue Hunton William Cllpsteln,
married .Martha. C. Itlxey; Kate Hamp?
ton Clipstein, married John T. Basye;
?Sally Ball Cllpsteln. maVrloil Andrew
it. Bartenstcln, for a number of years
clerk of Fauquler county, and r,\\r,i
Peyton Cllpsteln, married Andrew
2. Thomus Richard Hampton, second
son of William Hunton and Mary H.
Hampton, born in 17!?6, appoars ?ov
eral times in tho deed records of Fuu
quier, the last, tlmo when ho had a
?Iced from his grandfather, William
Hampton, for twelve acres of land and
house whore T. It. II. then lived, Novem?
ber 3, 1831. January 21, 1823, Thomas
Richard Hampton was married to
Eliza Metpnjf Pickett. They had Issue
four Fons?James W., Thomas F.. Silas
Wade, and Henry. .James WUHtini
Hampton died In Futiqulei; without Is?
sue. Thomas F. Hampton, eldest son,
horn in 182-1. married his llrst cousin.
Eliza Meicalf Dawe, born 1335, daugh?
ter of Philip P. UftWo nnd Patsy Winu
Plckett, hlo wlfo. She was a daughter
of Captnlti James Hanford P'ckett
(War of I8I21, 0f "Fruit Farm." I.ou
doun .county. Thomas I'. Hampton i t
moved' to 'Chattanooga, Te'nn., where,
lie and Ids wife died. They had isaiic
Fo.iier II,...' Henvy Hunton, living -in
J.PO* Rt;llUI (;it.v-:-!plsfttl:in,a??at and ajyii
jor In tho Confederate Army. Silas I
Wud!) Hampton, was living ill 1900 with
a ron, John Steele ilninpton, at 1113
Court Stroot, Momph's, Tonn.
Dr. Henry llnmptou.
Dr. Henry Hampton. Becprid son of
Henry Hampt?n, Sr., of "Buckland,"
Prlnco William county, und Iiis llrot
wife, who wan probably a Miss Pros- j
ton or a Mlus Cary, according to vari?
ous tradition?, was born in 1750 in
lTlr.cn William county, Vu., nnd dlod
In July. 1884. In his eighty-fifth year, i
lie died while silting in tjio summer
house in the garden of his son. Dr..
Anthony Hampton, on tho Virginia sjde ;
of tho Big- Sandy River, in what la,!
now Wayne county, about seven miles'
above tho month of the river. He is
burled In the faintly graveyard ut thntl
place, und his kvu.\ o la sali] to be
marked by a stone.
Dr. Hampton's grandson, William
Hampton, E.-tq., of Catlot tsburg, Ky..
who was born III 1S0X. and therefore
twenty-six years old when his grand?
father died, says in some memoranda
of tho Hampton family whieftl lie wrote ;
out before he died In IS87; "l?r. Hamp.
Ion was classically educated, of fine)
porsouul appearance, liundsomc, ih'd a,
giant intellectually. Hp practiced
medicine successfully, and wait n sur?
geon in the War of the Revolution."
He Inherited half of his father's
lands in Prince William county, and
Knnawhn county (Inter Cnbell), and!
stems to have lived in his native iotlrt-I
ty until Octobor i~S!>, whbn ho sold j
his home* place o( -'2s acres ill Prlnco I
William lo Drhminonil Wfheeler, und J
removed to Pauquler county, where li"
continued to live and practice medic! ic J
until I lie \ear IR00. when ho removed
ItSl fninlly, to Cue Mobiler-' claim land*
on the Ohio, pari of which uro n i
the city of Huntington. W. \'n. i>e- i
comber 1.79S, lie purchased from his
brother, Wllli-un Hamilton, nnd wile. I
Fanny. Ills half of the lands on fjp |
Ohio for f2f?0. Dr. Hampton built a
substantial home near whore Marsirill '
College now stand? in tho upper end
of Huntington, about two mlp-.i i>?..!?> y
tho Guyandottc River. BetW).?h l!?0n ;
and 1SI5 Dr. Hampton pnKdinaod ft boil 1
1,000 acres of land, In addition : ? his I
S00 acres from his father and brother;
His descendants are yisry positive .
that he served In t'.te Revolution r:s
a surgeon ou assistant surge in, and ,
that his original dlschurg.3 from ;i???
;i.rmy "Vus in existence n faw yrat's
ago. The records of the Revolution at j
Richmond and Washington, show iS'J I
aprvlcft of d Caity Henry Hamilton ,t<j
n surgeon'? mate from Vlrrriin-t, hut
no Henry in any part >f t!.< scrvlcf.
At I have not been able to find ru/y
mention of a Cary IT. Hampton in r-ny
of the county records Vlrirlti'a
whero tho Hamptons lived, l tint ?f Hie
opinion that Dr. Cary .Henry Hampton :
and Dr. Henry Hampton wer*, one and j
Hi* same person.
Dr. Hampton was no.-iel In fi",i
til Eli/ialn'th Plunkelt. In Fairfax conn,
ty. hy un Episcopal ?ile'rg .?muri.' ut ti r
lofia .of Qtit'i>'h reglstc^st nid ?iV(jt>ty
<1atu of this, unle-ia tho family Uible
should turn up. Thoy had issue:
WlHttm Hampton, born it 1773, Ckd
in 1810 In Caboll oounty, V?
Anthony Hampton, If. p., died. In
Cuboli oounty aftur 1835.
Henry Hampton, Jr,
-Ellen Hampton, married Ooorge K?l
lonback. of Caboll county, and I ad
Richard Hampton, tfhe youngeut sou.
married a Mis* Handley. and had a
daughter and ono son ii.in.-i Georgo
M ITampton, who lived at Morj.it pi,
Ky., and represented Bath co.inty in
the Stato legislature and Sonata for
iwo or thre-.; terms. No other data,
Henry Hampton. Jr., wo* married in
Cabetl December i~, 1 SIS, to Jains
Thompson. They renn/-Ml from the
county, ami were lost 'Sight of by .lie |
rest of the connection.
Dr. Anthony Hampton sal l to
have had an excellent edu~i?.i >n. and
''had a wunderful practice, and was]
called from I.ouUa to Orayiton, in]
Kentucky, and for miles ? around In '
Virginia. Ho was said to have Seen
u most excollent physician.
Row Earn. C. Thornton priachid Dr. j
Hampton's fujieral sermon, although ?
he waB u Methodist and Dr. Huiiptcn'
was a Baptist, but both were Masons, :
which ordor conducted tho service."
Ho died of cholera. He lived it "Doc's
Crook," on tho Virginia sldo of Big
Sandy, where ho owned a fins farm, j
His wlfo was Susannah Eovo. anJ they !
had issue: Preston Hampton, elrh st i
son, married December 18, IS11, ihn-!
mailne Wilson in Oabeli county: Wll- '
liam Henry Hampton, youngest son. '
dlod unmarried In tho asylum .it Eex- '?
Irigtoh; Ky.; Olivia Hampton, married i
September -i, 1831, to Thomas E. H inrl- ,
ley. Dr. Hampton had two oilier
daughters; whoso names I have not |
William Hampton, oldest son of IM*.1
Henry and Elizabeth P. Hampton, bcril
In Prince William county In J77'). was j
married In tho "winter oi IS-13" to
Mallnda Hhortridge, daughter o? Col?
onel Georgo and Margaret M;ilr Short
rldgo, who were married near Alexan?
dria. Va.. In 1778, and shortly after?
ward emigrated to Harrodsbttrg, Mer?
cer county, Ky.. where tfhry lived until
In 1303 ho removed his family to a
large farm on the Kantucky side of
Big Sandy River, about three miles
nboyo the mouth. Colonel Bhortridge
wan ? son of John Shortrldge, of Fair?
fax county, and Is saJd to havo served
In tho War of the Revolution, and
later In Kentucky against tho Indiana.
His wife, Margaret Mulr. was a daugh?
ter of John and Karonhappudh Mulr,
of Fairfax county. She had brothers
James, Robert, George and John, Jr.,
and sister Elizabeth. James Mulr died
in 17S0, leaving a personal estate ap?
praised at ?3,27i.2s, but the large value
set on the various -items was duo to
the depreciated currency at that time.
One Item in tills siiows that "folding"
beds arc not of as Into origin as is
commonly thought, as ho owned "ono
palntod folding up bead stead" valued
at ?IU. Besides other plecos of furni?
ture aro mentioned a sliver watch
valued at f370, sliver seal, one pair
sliver knee buckles and three pairs
of silk knee garters, n pair of silver
shoe buckles, four hook*, picturns, n
stone set, stock buckle, a large quan?
tity ot clothing. Including four suits
of clothes, one a bluo and huff uni?
form; it "Freemason's Medall," etc.: one I
man servant, lie left his estate to his I
mother, fallicr. brother Georgo und I
god-ion Robert Adam Martin. John Muirj
died In 17S!) and left all his estate to
Aisler Elizabeth Mulr." Ooorgc Mulr
died in 17DI. and his Inventory men?
tions a silver watcfii. stiver knee
buckles, mid silver wrist buckles,
which were probably thoso ho inher?
ited from his brother Jarnos in 17S0.
After his marriage, William Hampton
purchased adjoining tracts of land to |
the amount of 2P5 acres on tho Vir- j
gln'la side -of Dig Sandy, opposite the
homo of his father-in-law. Hero he
died in November, 1310, leaving the
Wade Hampton, born in December,
1804: died In 1S91. In California.
George Shortrldge Hampton, horn ?
1S06: tiled at Des Meines. la., in 1S7?. ;
William Hampton, born in 1S0S; died !
in 1SS7 at Catlettsbnrg. Ky.
Henry Hampton, M. D., born in 1S10;
died at Pasadena, Cal., In 1888.
l.evl J. Hampton, killed in United
States Anny in 1863.
Eliza M. Hampton, married Green?
ville Hutchinson, and removed to MIr
sourl in 1S3S. Had sons David and
EM Hampton and Louisa Hampton,
both of whom died in Infancy.
Descendants Of William and Mallnda
Wade Hampton, eldest son, married
April 0, 1930, his cousin Sally Brown,
daughter of Richard Brown, and had a ,
son. Columbus, and a daughter. Colum-'
hla. In 1817 they removed to Santa'
Fe. New Mexico, and in 1850 to Call- !
fornia, whero Wade Hampton died In I
ISfM, at the great ago of ninety
George Shortrldgo Hampton, soeond
son, was a lawyer, and during Ihe war
Was on General Rosecrans's staff. Ho.
removed from Kentucky to'Iowa, and'
settled at Des Mollies, whero he was
Cnltcd States land agent for a num?
ber of years. He died hero In 187C at j
the ago of seventy year.". Ho was mar- |
rlod twice, first to Gallic Johnson, of
lit. Sterling, Ky., where they lived tin- j
ill tSSS. He married second Mrs. Anne
F. Hepburn, daughter of Dr. Honson
Catlctt, of Catletlsbiirg; Ky.. had is-,
sue. a son. by lirst marriage, and by
last marriage sons George and Colum?
bus-, and daughter Catherine.
. William Hnmpton. third son, owned a
very handsome place on the Kentucky
Side of Big Sandy. Just above the mouth
of the river. August SI, 1818, he was
married to Sarah Buchanan, daughter
of William and Elizabeth Caldwell j
Buchanan, of Lawrence county, Ky..
who had emigrated to Kentucky from
Lancaster county. Pa., and are said to
lave I.n lirst or second cousins of I
President Buchanan. Ho was a man of |
considerable means and had somo sev?
en hundred acres Iii ills homo farm.
Original portraits of William and!
Snail Buchanan Hampton arc now'
owned by Mr*. J. E. Miller. Thomas,!
William und Sarah Hampton had is-'
sue, seven .-on.-- and one daughter, as
follows: Goo.rgo Shortrldge Hampton, I
>\'lltjum ' Oliver Hampton, Joseph W.
Hampton (died unmarried), Eliza M. i
ll-imoton (died unmarried), John
Waring Hampton. Wade Hampton.
Charles II. Hampton, and Frances
Hampton, of wfaom lat.6r Dr. Henry
Hampton, fourth s?n ot William and
.Mallnda Hammon. set-tied In Grundy
enuiityV.Mlasnurl, for the practice .if his
profession where he Was marrie.sd about
IS38 to Catherine Jane Ma rruder.
?h.tightener Hon. *ltol>erl Magruder, and
had issue: T.ovl, William, Wade M.
(born January 11, ISii), Anne, and
Mallnda. In ISlfi Dr. Hampton went O
California- With tho rush of gold sock?
et's, but after two years returned lo i
Catlettsburg, Ky., where his wife died i
Noceinbor 5, 15?r.r.. Or. Hampton -then 1
married Louise Offntt, of Georgetown,
Ky., by whom .ho r.ind sevoral children,
three of whom grew to maturity?
Fr?Ue?sj .TcfCcrton Davis, and Polly
Lee; Dr. Hampton moved his family in
ti?;'K to .'Scgulr,, Texas, and again .In
l'SW-'.Rjt? to California, where ho settled
near hla brother Wade, Hampton, an-'.
Of his children?Anao m&rrlod a Mttr;
Wllcox, Llnrrio married c, Mr. Bartlott/ i
ana France? a AEr. Ward. Jefferson
woo an editor In California, and Wads,
born 1S44, died In Ban Antonio, -whore,
ho tt.-18 in tho real ostato business, od.; i ?
April 13, 1910. Ho was married July;
34, 1867. to Martha Ellen Hollamos, <iC
Seguin, Texas, by whom "he had four '
children. Anna and Oeorgo, died la
f tints; Wade, a pharmacist, married,
Ida McMUlln; and Joanotto, matrrted 1?.
189S Walter Hope Baiter, of Seguin,
Texas, and has throe children. Mary! ?
Virginia, Walter Hope, and WlUlam.
Chester. Mrs. Hampton died. In 1875,
and he married In 1878 Lule, Itavo, oC
Corpus Christi, and had issue, Horace,
d. s. p.. Custer Lee, an electrical engl
neer In Chicago, and Mabel married
Newton Bas39tt, and Uvea in Chicago.
L*vl Hampton, youngest son of Wil?
liam and Mallnda Short ridge Hampton,
?wa? u wealthy merchant and timber
man of Catlettsburg, Ky, At the be?
ginning of the war he entered the
Thirty-ninth Ky. Volunteers Onfantry,
C. S. a., as adjutant, and was killed in,
the battle of Prestonaburg. Ky.. In 1863. '?
ill;: wife was Elisabeth Henderson, by
whom he. had Issue, Alice, Julia. ?
Amelia, Mary. Lizzie, Minnie and Mil'
Hard, a lawyer, clerk, of Boyd county*
Descendant* of William und Sarai? ,
George ?hortrldge Hampton, eldest
son, born In Greenup county, Ky., in
1833, died on his farm near Fayette,
Howard county Missouri, in April, 190D.
Ho removed to Missouri boforo the war j
am) served under General Price in tho
Confederate army. Ho married, in
Missouri. Hester . . . and "had three,
sotis and four daughters, three of whom
were George S., William, and Lunnle
William Oliver Hampton, second son.
born March 25, 1835. died in 1904, at
Ashland. Ky. He was educated ?t
Marshall College. Va.. studied law and
adinitte.i to the bar in Greenup coun?
ty, Ky., in 1859. In May, 1862, was
married to Mary Ward, daughter of
Jackson Ward, of Carter county, Ky.'v
and had Issue, Sarah, married Wallace
llankess. Ashland, Ky.: Francos, a.
trained nurse. Chicago, and Judge W41-j ?
Ham J. Hampton, Ashland, Ky. Jack-'
son Ward was a son of Jamos Ward,
who ciwiie from Virginia at an early
date and settled near 'Mt. Starling, Ky.
(where he engaged in the mamufacture
uf salt and 'farming), and was a brotlh
or Colonel James W. Ward. Jr., Colonel
Thompson Ward, and Judge Josoph It
Ward, of Gray a on, Ky.
John Waring Hampton, born May 18. ?
1349, in Greenup county, now Boyd, at
tho family homo on tho bank of the
Big Sandy River. At the beginning of
the war he was a student at Emory
and Henry College. Virginia. He' left
college and enterod tho Eighth Virgi-.,
nla Cavalry. C. S. A., in which he serv?
ed for eighteen montfhs, and wo? then. '
transferred to General William E.- '
Jaokson'a horse arttllory. in which ho
served till tho closo of the war. At !
North Mount Depot, near Martineburg,
In Berkeley county, he was shot
through the. foco whtlo loading a can?
non. Tho bullot entered in front of
one ear and came out in a similar posi?
tion on the other side. After tho war
lie was graduated In law from tho law
department of thn University of Louis?
ville! In 18C7. and admitted to tho bar
of his native oounty, where ho prac?
ticed as the partner of his father-in
law, Judge William Crutchcr Ireland, .
until ISSfi, when bo became a member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, and feeling a call to enter the ,
ministry, gave up a large law practica
extending over several counties yncl-''
entered the active ministry of Iiis
church, lining many of tho best pulpits
In tins Western Virginia and North
Texas conferences, such as Charleston
and Huntington. W. Va., Ashland. Ky.,
and Fort Worth, Texas, In all of which
'lie was pastor of the first church of
his denomination in tho city. He wan
inarrlod July 4. 1871, to Louise Virgi?
nia Ireland, eldest-daughter of .Tudgn
William Crutcher Ireland and his wlfa
Pamella Dorcas Robb. Judgo Ireland
was a prominent lawyer, jurist, mein?
her of Kentucky Legislature, etc.. and
Mrs. Ireland was n daughter of Joseph
Boob, who for forty-seven years was
clerk of I,owIh county, Ky. John W.
and Louise Virginia Ireland Hampton
had issue, two children, who grew to
maturity?William Ireland Hampton, a,
lawyer, -who gave up tho practice to .
become a member of -one of tho largest:
cattle firms at Fort Worth, Tex., and
Pamella Dorcas, wlio married in 1903
Dr. J. L. Miller, Thomas, W. Va.
Wade Hampton. 8on of William and;
Sarah Buchanan Hampton, born in 1849,
is living on his farm near Hlllis. Okla?
homa. He went to Howard county, Mo.'i
In 1S6S. whero he was married to Isa
betl Msson. They havo two sons, .
Mason and Wade, Jr.
Charles K Hampton, youngest son of?
William end 8arah Hampton, died In
1889, at Catlettsburg, Ky. Ho was a
lumber dewier and contractor. Ho
married Lucy Moade, of Russell, Ky..
and had Issue, Edward, married Kato
Burns; John, married Betty Berry:"'
Elizabeth, married Harry Hagar: J?rne? .;
MV: Jennie., married William Howard;
Knie and Charles, Jr.
Francis Hampton, youngest daugbi-'
er of W-lllam and Sara?i Hamnton, mar?
ried Dr. William Allen Burnett, of Cat-t
lettsburg, Ky.. and had sons William,
Frank, and Wado Hampton BarnctL
M. ?., of Franklin, Tenn. All arc now
Drown Descendants of Henry Hampton,
Sr.. or Prince William.
Sarah Hampton, married prior ta
1-77S George Newman Brown, planter,
of Prince William county, Vn.. and had
Issue, John Brown, llichard Brown (fa- '
ther of Judge George N. Brown, of
Catlettsburg, Ky.). Dr. Benjamin
Brown. Henry Brown. George Brown,
and Rebecca, who married a Mr. Run?
ner, who lived near Bull Run, Va. Sho
had a daughter who married Honr^
Clark.?from tho notes of William
Hampton, of Catlottsburg. Ky.
Notes of Other H?matom? of Virginia V.
There arc several families uf Hamp?
tons In Kentucky and Texas who are! .
of Virginia origin, but whose ances- fi
try lias not been fully traced.
Mr. A. H. Hampton, cashier of the ?
Citizens' National Bank, Winchester,','
Ky.. writes C.f-at ho is a 6on of Lewi*
Hamnton. a merchant, who married a )
daughter of Dr. Andrew Hood, of Win- j-,.:
Chester. Lewis Hampton was a son o? w
Goorge Hamilton, fanner, who was .V ;
son of David Hampton. Sr., who scttlail ,
In Chirk county, Ky.. about 1790 from
"Tho Cnollrtas." and Is said to havo :
been a member of tho Wade Hampton :
family of South Carolina. Another .
David Hampton, satd to have been
cousin, and still an?thor Hampton
family came- to Clark county about th* v
same time us David Hampton, Sr., and.'*.':
from .tho same part of the country.
Other Hamptons, of Clark county, setV./V
tied there after the. war, and arc <!<v
acondonts of a Major Hampton, of -
Boonsville, Owsley count>\ Ky., wt>i* ' v
came to Kentucky ??from Southeastern-'/
Virginia, and tam* of the ssioo stocje.';;
aro ?et tied in Lee And Brra.thltt cbuiji/vi.
A few years ago a Jerry HamploK :;
lived at E. K. Junction, Ky.. ? or>d w.a'fli.'?>'
,\ grandson of a Major Turn'-r TTarnr.V /
ton, who .was originally frcsrs P.^>iihf ,\