Stamps - Switzer

Last update 25 Jan 2011

Stamps, George Rockingham Gilmer
Company I

Age at Enlistment: 19
Enlisted 5 Feb 1863 at Vicksburg MS in Company I of the 37th AL CSA; WIA or sick at Vicksburg MS as he signed his parole on 13 July 1863 while in City Hospital as a Private of Co. I of the 37th AL Infantry CSA, and was put aboard steamer H. Chouteau bound for Mobile AL via New Orleans LA; Paroled at Montgomery AL 20 June 1865; 6’0" tall with light hair, blue eyes and fair complexion; Appears on Muster Roll of "Company ’I’ 37th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers at LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama, March 6, 1862" published in 31 July 1901 issue of LAFAYETTE SUN (LaFayette, Chambers Co AL) with Privates as "Stamps, Geo. R."; Brother of Isaac Winston Stamps (Co. I); Half-Uncle to Jonathan, Judson and Henry Wooddy (all Co. I)

Stamps, Isaac Winston
Private-1st Corporal
Company I

Enlisted 6 March 1862 at Lafayette AL; Served as Teamster 6-30 Sep 1862 and paid 25 cents per day for extra duty; Served as Wagon Master 12-31 Dec 1862; Served as Teamster June 1863; Served as Wagon Master Feb 1863 and paid $7 extra duty; Served as Wagon Master 1 March to 23 July and again Oct and Nov 1863; Paid $26 on 31 Jan 1863; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863; Retired soldier and member of Invalid Corps, Greenville, Butler County AL Sep and Oct 1864; Died in service and claim for deceased soldier filed 2 Feb 1865 by Britton Stamps, father; Brother to George Rockingham Gilmer Stamps (also of Co. I); Half-Uncle to Jonathan, Judson and Henry Wooddy (all of Co. I); Exceprt from WEEKLY ENTERPRISE (Enterprise AL) article (by T.J. Carlisle published in 1902 taken from his wartime diary):

[Bluett’s Bridge encampment near Columbus MS] "... Sunday, July 6 [1862] ... Soon after taps, great excitement prevailed on account of a sentinel being shot while on post. We all rushed to the post to see what was the cause of the shot, when the sentinel said some one had shot him, striking him on the arm above the elbow, from the bushes, about twenty paces distant... we had no reason to believe that the Yankees were anywhere in the country near us. / But Winston Stamps, always ready to act in cases of emergency, mounted a horse, without orders, so far as the writer (then Lt. T.J. Carlisle) knows, and soon had a pack of track dogs on the spot, but they failed to get up any trail of wild Yankee, varmint or anything else. Winston was a good, jolly fellow and soldier, generally on the alert while out foraging, and formed the acquaintance of every body living within range of the camp, and always came in with "big tales" as to how he was treated. He would sometimes act as leader for the boys in their singing around the camp fires. His voice was strong and frequently would cause some one to remark: "Well that reminds me of old man Britton (his father) calling for the juries and witnesses in time of court at Lafayette." All old citizens of Chambers will recollect what a grand sheriff he made, particularly for loudness and distinctness in his calling. /... Dr Oslin, our active and efficient surgeon, and by the way a good detective also, soon dressed the Sentinel’s wound and while doing so he learned from him (Sentinel) that he and next Sentinel on post to him, were tampering with a pistol, when it discharged prematurely, and the boys both being young and fearing severe punishment, did not at first disclose the facts of the accident...";

Mentioned in "Formation of Company I" article also published in WEEKLY ENTERPRISE on unknown date in 1902 as "Isaac W Stamps - 1st Corporal"; Appears on Muster Roll of "Company ’I’ 37th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers at LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama, March 6, 1862" published in 31 July 1901 issue of LAFAYETTE SUN (LaFayette, Chambers Co AL) as "1st Corp’l - Isaac W. Stamps, died at home, Butler Co., Ala."

Stanford, J M
Company B

POW at Citronelle AL on 4 May 1865: Surrendered "… Stragglers of various regiments, CSA, Citronelle, AL by General Taylor to General Canby on May 4, 1865 and paroled at Mobile May 21, 1865..."; Included in Co. B of 37th AL in Roster of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1864, Vol XIV, edited by Janet B. Hewett

Stanford, Thomas H
Company A & H

Enlisted 18 March 1862 at Lawrenceville AL; Listed as "Deserter" 10 Feb 1864 (additional research needed: See NARA Mss 1449); Born 10 Nov 1839 - Died 8 Mar 1901 and buried Old City Cem., Lineville, Clay Co., AL; The Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1864, Vol. XIV, edited by Janet B. Hewett

Stanford (Standford), Lafayette A
Company A

Age at Enlistment: 37 (32)
Enlisted 22 March 1862 at Auburn AL by J.F. Dowdell; Listed as Private on Muster Roll of Company A dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; POW at Yazoo City MS on 21 May 1863; POW at Missionary Ridge TN on 25 Nov 1863 "Taken in Arms" and sent to Nashville, Louisville and on to Rock Island Prison IL; "Desires to take Oath (of Allegiance). Wishes to go to St. Rosa Island east of Pensacola" 18 March 1864; 5’8" tall with black eyes, black hair and born Crawford County GA, and age 32 at capture/parole at Yazoo City MS

Stanley, Alfoncis F
Company G

Enlisted 24 March 1862 at Cusseta; Witnessed the Confederate Pension application of Mary F. Cole, widow of Jesse G. Cole (Co G); record read as "Alonzo" Stanley, 1839-1905, Co. G reportedly buried at unspecified location in Chambers Co. AL

Stanley, Hamilton (Hampton) A
Company H

Enlisted 18 March 1862 at Lawrenceville AL; KIA at siege of Vicksburg MS on unknown date

Stanley, J M
Company F

Enlisted 12 March 1862 at Pike County AL; Listed among the injured in train wreck that occurred on 19 Oct 1862 at Duck Hill MS when two trains pulled respectively by the engines A.M. West and James Brown collided head on at 2:30 a.m., listed as "slightly" injured; Died in service at Pike County AL on unknown date/cause; Claim for deceased soldier filed 12 Sep 1863 by Martha A. Stanley

Stanley, Simpson M
Company I

Enlisted 31 March 1862 in Company E of 42nd AL CSA; Paroled in the field at Vicksburg MS as a Private of Co. E of the 42nd AL CSA; Paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Co. I

Stanton, J S
Company A

Paroled at Greensboro NC on 3 May 1865; 5’9" tall with black hair, blue eyes and light complexion

Staples, Robert A
Company H

Enlisted 19 Apr 1862 in Company C of 42nd AL CSA; Possibly but unlikely the "Billy Staple" mentioned as being wounded at an unknown location on an unknown date in Mary Ann Strickland letter to T J Strickland (Co. B) letter of 1-2 Oct 1864; Paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Company H

Stapleton, John (Jonathan) L
2nd Lieutenant
Company E

Age at Enlistment: 45
Enlisted 29 March 1862 at Woodville AL; POW at Iuka MS 18 Sep 1862 and sent to Camp Douglas IL from Corinth MS as a member of Martin’s Brigade, Little’s Division (age 35); Dropped from Rolls of Co. E 37th AL CSA on 25 Sep 1862; Hospitalized, admitted 27 Sep 1862 to USA Prison Hospital at Camp Douglas IL (Chicago IL) with "Debilitas" (Debilitas: general and abnormal weakness; chronic wasting) and reported dead at Cairo IL 17 Oct 1862 in USA Depot General Hospital at Cairo IL; 6’1-1/2" tall with blue eyes, dark hair and dark complexion and farmer by occupation; Succeeded by J.W. Granger as 2nd Lieutenant

Starling (Sterling), William L
Company K

Enlisted 29 Apr 1862 at Troy AL; Detailed as Nurse in Forney’s Division Hospital at Enterprise MS 8 Sep 1863 for duty in Oct 1863

Stearns, Wiley Horton
Company G

Age at Enlistment: 29
Enlisted 26 March 1862 at Cusseta; Disability discharge at Columbus MS: "Deafness"; 5'6" tall with fair complexion, hazel eyes and dark hair and farmer by occupation; Age 29 at discharge; Born 15 May 1832 - Died 13 Sep 1914 and buried at Tallapoosa Co., AL

Stephens, Isaac H
Company B & C

Enlisted 22 Nov 1863 in Company B of 37th AL CSA; paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Co. C

Stephens, Tubal Cain (sic Jubal)
Company B

Age: 19 in 1865
WIA or sick at Vicksburg MS as he signed his parole there on 13 July 1863 while in City Hospital as a Private of Company B of the 37th AL Infantry CSA; Likely POW at unknown action (Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge?) as he is paroled at Rock Island Barracks IL 20 June 1865; 5'7" tall with fresh complexion, auburn hair and grey eyes; Age 19 on parole of 20 June 1865; Appears as "Tubal" on undated roll of Co. B; "Tubal Cain Stephens" born 21 July 1844, married Nancy Radney (surname is represented in Co B) 10 Oct 1867 as recorded in (Randolph Co AL) Alsey Stephens Family Bible of ca 1845

Stephens, Zach (Zechariah) H
Company B

Appears on undated roll of Company B in Tallapoosa Co AL Archives as "Zechariah" H. Stephens

Stephenson (Stevenson), Miles Bart (sic W)
Company F

Enlisted 26 May 1862 at Auburn AL and served as Substitute for T M Hough (SEE RECORD); POW & WIA at Corinth MS 3-5 Oct 1862 and died in service 8 Oct 1862 apparently of wounds at Corinth MS; On list of Prisoners Killed or Died of Disease 8 Oct 1862; listed among POWs forwarded to Columbus KY 9 Oct 1862; On list of POWs captured at Iuka-Corinth-Hatchie Bridge dated 13 Oct 1862; ALSO listed among 539 POWs on steamer "Dacotah" for exchange 8 Nov 1862

Stevens (Stephens?), C
Company B

Delivered to Mobile AL among the sick captured in hospitals at Vicksburg MS and put aboard steamer H. Chouteau; MIA at Lookout Mountain TN 24 Nov 1863

Stewart, John F
Company K

Age at Enlistment: abt 35
Enlisted 17 March 1862 at Springville AL; Disability discharge: "Unfit for duty 60 days" (undated) "Enlargement of liver, chronic hepatitis." 35 years old at discharge; Residence: Milo, Pike County AL; 6’ 2" tall with dark hair, blue eyes and dark complexion and farmer by occupation; Hospitalized in French’s Division Hospital at Shelby Springs 27 Oct 1863; ALSO Hospitalized in 1st Mississippi CSA Hospital at Jackson MS 27 Oct 1863 with "Ascites" (dropsy of the abdomen) Sent to General Hospital 8 March 186_; Discharge approved by Richmond in April 1864

Stewart, John Franklin
Company K

Age at Enlistment: abt 53
Killed in action "in an oak grove" during seige on unknown date at Vicksburg (18 May-4 July) 1863; Born ca 1804 and buried at Morrison's Crossroads, Randolph Co AL; Some records likely combined with "John F. Stewart" also Co K, but difference of age strongly suggests two men of similar names, possibly close relatives both serving in Co K

Stewart (Steward), W A
Company F

Age at Enlistment: 18
Enlisted 12 March 1862 at Pike County AL; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863; Invalid Corps PACS 7 Oct 1864; Retired China Grove AL

Still, Benjamin F
Company H

Enlisted 10 Sep 1862 in Company G of 42nd AL CSA; Paroled in the field at Vicksburg MS as a Private of Co. G of the 42nd AL CSA; paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Co. H

Still, William W (W H)
5th Sergeant
Company I

Enlisted 6 March 1862 at Lafayette AL; POW at Corinth MS on list dated 19 Oct 1862 at Iuka MS; "W. W. Still" with unknown company mentioned as "Captured at Corinth" MS; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863; Mentioned in 15 May 1902 editorial by T.J. Carlisle in WEEKLY ENTERPRISE (Enterprise AL):

"If all the survivors of the regiment would take the time and interest in aiding us in getting up the history of our part in the war that S M Singletary, Co H; S G Burke, Co I; A J Bryan; M W Carroll, Co K; and W W Still, Co I have shown, we would leve {sic: leave} behind us a volume of facts and incidents that would be read and cherished by generations yet unborn...";

Mentioned by T.J. Carlisle in the 22 May 1902 edition of WEEKLY ENTERPRISE editorial: "... Sergt A J Bryant, Co K, has written two communications; Sergt S M Singletary, Co A, three; David Majors, Co C, two; W W Still, Co I, one; and D M Spence, Co I, one..."; Mentioned in "Formation of Company I" article in WEEKLY ENTERPRISE of unknown date as "... Only three of these officers are now living -- Dr J W Oslin, T J Carlisle and W W Still..."; Witnessed the Confederate Pension Application of Alexander Barber (Co. I); Appears on Muster Roll of "Company ’I’ 37th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers at LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama, March 6, 1862" published in 31 July 1901 issue of LAFAYETTE SUN (LaFayette, Chambers Co AL) as "5th Serg’t - Wm. W. Still"

Stinson, Elerson
Company K

Age at Enlistment: 18
Enlisted 17 March 1862; POW at Iuka MS 18-19 Sep 1862; Died in service 27 Sep 1862 while still within U.S. Army lines of "pneumonia"

Stockhart, William W
Company E

POW at Raleigh NC on 13 Apr 1865 among sick or wounded in hospital from unknown action when city was captured by Federal forces

Stokes, C
Company F

Enlisted at Pike County AL

Stokes, James K. P. (also James J.P.)
Private-Corporal-2nd Lieutenant
Company H

Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863 as Corporal; Paid $160 as Lieutenant on 21 Dec 1863; Elected 2nd Lieutenant 1 Apr 1864 at Dalton GA "...  received the majority of votes." Detailed to Dog River Factory (Munitions Factory) at Mobile AL after 28 Apr 1864 (same date as date of rank as 2nd Lt); Paid $77.23 as 2nd Lieutenant 9 June 1864

Stokes, R J
Company C

Paid $22 for 1 March to 30 Apr 1863

Story, L C (R C)
Company H

Enlisted 5 May 1862 in Company B of 42nd AL CSA; Paroled in the field at Vicksburg MS as a Private of Co. B of the 42nd AL CSA; Paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Co. H

Strickland, A M
Company E

Strickland, Thomas Jefferson ("Jef")
1st Sergeant
ompany B & C
Age at Enlistment: 32

Enlisted 15 March 1862 at Daviston AL by L.P. Hamner in Captain Hamner’s Company of Volunteers (later Co. B of 37th AL CSA) "For three years or the war"; Appears on Muster Roll of Captain Hamner’s Company B, 37th Regt. Ala. Vols. dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn Ala.; Present at Columbus MS 6 July 1862

Detailed at Meridian MS as member of Provost Guard during June 1863 (thereby missing Vicksburg MS siege); Paid $160 on 1 Sep 1863 for Jan to Aug 1863 ($20 per month); Present at his post in camp 10 Feb 1864; Present at Dalton GA camp 28 Apr 1864; Present as member of the garrison at Spanish Fort (on Mobile Bay, Mobile AL); Hospitalized to 1 Nov 1864 at Greenville AL; also served in Co. C of 37th AL CSA; Paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Co. B as 1st Sgt; Born 15 June 1830 - Died 28 Nov 1907; Buried in Corn Hill Cemetery at Jarrell, Williamson County, Texas (image of his marker in Corn Hill Cemetery is located here); Strickland's widow (Mary Ann Robertson Strickland) applied for a Confederate pension that was attested to by W.W. Champion (Co B) in 1914.
Champion's statement reads:
"I knew T.J. or Thomas J. Strickland and enlisted at the same time at Davidson, Alabama, about the 15th of March 1862. I knew him well before the war, and lived a neighbor to him. We enlisted in Co. B. of the 37th Alabama Infantry. We both served from that time until the close of the war. He was a faithful soldier throughout the war and never deserted or abandoned his post of duty. There was no other man by the name of Thomas J. Strickland in that Company and I am sure that the applicant is a widow of the man that enlisted and served in the same company with me during the war."  
/s/W.W. Champion.
/attest/W.W. Champion who is appearing before Judge Jesse M. Brown in Tarrant Co Texas
/dated/7th of Dec 1914

Following are a series of letters written by Thomas Jefferson Strickland to his wife Mary Ann Robertson Strickland (b. April 15, 1834 in Bellview, Talbert Co GA – m. May 16, 1860 in GA - d. 1917 and buried in Moran Texas) and provided by David Forbes, a Strickland descendant, and Herb Griffin, a Strickland researcher

Those mentioned in this letter:

    • Wyatt & James: Wyatt A. and James W. Robertson, Privates of Co. B (apparently close relatives of Mrs. T.J. Strickland, Mary Ann Robertson Strickland – possibly her brothers)
    • Elizabeth: Possibly the wife or sweetheart of Wyatt A. Robertson
    • Peavy: Probably Freeman B. Peavy/Peary/Percy? a Private of Co. B – although the surname interpreted as “Peavy” may be the given name “Perry” in which case “Perry Birchfield” of Co. B would be the leading candidate
    • Laney Boys: Eli and Nicholas Laney, Privates of Co. B
    • Buren: T.J. Strickland’s brother who was killed in the fighting he describes.
"Columbus Miss. July 6th 1862
    Dear Wife
    I seat myself this Sunday morning in order to write you a few lines. This leaves me in good health and I hope these few lines may find you all in good health and doing well. You do not know how much satisfaction it would be to me to see you and the children once more in this life, but as it is I must content myself with writing to you. We are still staying here no prospect of leaving soon. We have received glorious news from Richmond. We learn that the Yankee army at Richmond has been badly whipped and probably taken prisoners. We will be apt to hear soon of the particulars. Brother Buren was in the fight I recon
I suppose there was thousands killed on both sides. I do hope that something will turn up to cause peace to be made. It is the opinion of many that peace will soon be made but I think that will depend entirely upon circumstances. If the foreign powers should recognize our independence it may be posable that our enemies may come to some [illegible word] of peace. When ever our rights can be granted I shall be ready and willing to have peace. But so long as our right are denied us and I keep able to stand I shall contend for our rights and I hope that I shall keep able to stand my post. I have looked every day for a letter from home for the past week but still no letter. I have been looking for the Laney boys but they have not come yet. I shall look for a letter from home when they come. Wyatt & James are both well. Wyatt says tell Elizabeth to write.

    He says he cannot write until his thumb gets well. He wants to hear from them very much. We have lost eight of our regiment and still thare is a probability of more dying soon. We have had the best luck of any company in the regiment. We have not lost any since we arrived at this place while some of them have lost four soldiers and two negros we have two or three very sick in our company. Some that you were not familiar with (but Peavy and I think he is better this morning). Thare is a kind of Pneumonia here that is a most terable disease. But whare thare is so many men together some of them are sure to die with some disease or another. I hope you will keep in good heart and trust in God. We are doing very well as far as provisions are concerned. It has not rained but one light shower since we got to this place and that only layed the dust. We have been here just one month yesterday and it looks like the time has been as long [illegible section]. I will close for the present hoping to hear from home soon. I will write again sometime the last of this week if I can. I remain your husband and friend until death.
    T.J. Strickland"

Those mentioned in this letter:

    • Allen: two men with the given name “Allen” served in Company B (Allen Smith and Allen Carlisle), others with only an intial “A” also served in the company. These men are all possibly the Allen mentioned, or this may be a reference to someone back home in Chambers County AL.
    • John: possibly John Cox, a frequent subject of Strickland’s letters
    • Henry Paps: unknown
"Maredian [sic Meridian], Miss. June 2nd 1863
My Dear Mary Ann
    I seat myself this morning to drop you a few lines. I am enjoying tolerable good health and I hope these few lines may reach you and find you all well. I have long looked for a letter from you but I have looked in vane. I have not received a letter from you in almost 3 months. I know not the cause unless it is that I have been moving about from place to place. I have just returned from Jackson. I went [missing passage] it is about 125 miles by the road. We had quite a jolly time of it. I made inquiry at the post office at Jackson for a letter but there was none there for me. I do hope that you do get the letters that I write if I can’t hear from you. I want you to hear from me.  I send you an envelope ready for you to send back to me. I have no good news to tell you of. Our men still hold Vicksburg if reports be true they have killed a great many Yankees there. [General Joseph E.] Johnson is getting a large army at Jackson. He will be apt to wake up the Yankees around Vicksburg soon. I hope it will not be long before I can get to my Regement. I am detailed hear on provo [provost] guard at Maredian. I can’t tell you how long I will have to stay hear. I hope that you will write to me as soon as you get this letter. Direct your letter to me at Maredian, Miss. I am allmost crazy to hear from home. Write me all the news you have. Tell me how you all are getting along. Allens folks Johns, Henry Paps and of them I am anxious to hear from all of them. I must close for the present. I remain yours till death." 

Those mentioned in this letter:

    • Wyatt & James: Wyatt A. Robertson and James W. Robertson, Privates of Co. B (apparently close relatives of Mary Ann – possibly her brothers)
    • Thomas Lewis: Thomas Henry Lewis, 3rd Sergeant of Co. B
    • John Cox: John B. (“Little John”, "J.B.") Cox, a Private of Co. B
"Camp of 37th Reg., Ala. Vol.
February 10, 1864

My dear wife,
    I again hasten to drop you a few lines, as Thomas Lewis will be off home this evening.
    Mary Ann, I have no news of interest to communicate. I am in the enjoyment of the best of health. Wyatt and James are both well. The boys are all well generally, in the Reg’t., or at least as much so as common. I do not think we will remain long inactive; the weather is very favorable for an army to move. I should not be surprised at any day to get orders to start to the front. I understand Gen. Claborn’s (sic) Division are cooking up 5 day rations. I guess they are going somewhere.
    Mary Ann, I shall probably come home when Thomas Lewis comes back, at least I shall try for it. I shall expect a letter when John Cox comes. Lewis must fetch one, and everybodyelse (sic) that comes. I sent you a half paper of pins by J.B. Cox.
    I shall send a letter by Lewis. I want you to keep the belt for me.
    The drum is beating to drill. I must close.
    Good by.
        T.J. Strickland" 

Those mentioned in this letter:

    • Mr. Oliver: Probably either Augustus or C.C. Oliver, Privates of Company B
    • Jerry Cox: Jeremiah E. Cox, a Private of Company B and brother to John B. Cox
    • Mr. Welch: Possibly the father or a close relation of Edmund G. Welch, a Private of Company B KIA at Vicksburg MS (possibly William A. Welch who filed a claim for deceased soldier for this Edmund Welch as “Attorney” well as another person listed in Strickland’s letters: Freeman J. Peavy)
"Camp of 37th Ala. Infty.
Dalton Ga April 28 1864

My Dear Wife
    I agane have an opportunity of writing you a few lines    I am at this time Seated up on a high cliff of rocks upon the Mountain top where I can See as fare as the eye can reach    the morning is plesent and all nature seams butiful    O. that we could have peace this morning and you ware with me to view the landscape or’e.  I shall not attempt to discribe the Senery. I am proud to tell you that I am still in the enjoyment of the best of health and I hope these few lines may find you all well and enjoying your Selves well our company is still engaged upon the Mountain prepareing our works in case the enemy should advance we shall be ready for them very soon if they should attack us here but I doubt thare doing that all though we keep 2 days rations on hand ready cooked in case we Should nead them.    Mr Oliver came over to camp yesterday eavning his recruit come in time So that he can get a furlough. All recruits received up to the 13th Inst entitles the one getting the recruit to a furlough. So Mr. Oliver will be apt to get one in a few days. I expect to send this by him. he did not know that he was comeing until the day before he started consequently he brought us no letters. I should be proud to get a letter from home the days are like So many weeks in length to me  I know I should feel thankful that it is every way as well with me as it is but O. I long to be at home with those that are more dear to me than my own life. but we must trust in our heavenly father for all the blessings we enjoy are from his bountiful hands we are still enjoying a good meeting and a great many are turning away from thare Sins    thare was 2 baptised last Sunday and Several Joined the church last night. as yet our company has not taking much interest in it    I hope to get to See thare Soles Salvation    for of all things I think a man should feel more interest in the wellfare of his Sole than all things else.

    Mary Ann I have no news of interest to write more than I have all ready writen and you can See at a glance what is writen     Mr Oliver will get off in the morning        I hope you will have a chance to Send me a letter by Mr. Welch when he comes     we are not certain when he will start but we suppose he will Start a bout the first of May    I shall not expect you to Send me any thing by him    I have a plenty of clothing at present and as for provisions I very well know you will have a use for all you have     we get a plenty to make out with.    I sent my coat & vest home in a box with Jerry Cox. We expressed it to West Point    I recon if eaver the Box gets home you will get the old coat and vest    I have not received a letter from Ma Since the one that sent to you. I hope to get one from her Soon. I can’t tell when I shall have an opportunity of Sending an other [letter] by hand but I shall write when eaver an opportunity presents itself. You must do the best you can for your Self I hope the day Will Soon Come When I can come home to Stay    all though I see no prospects Of So great a pleasure    You must give my respects to all inquiring friends and receive that fond regard for your Self and Children due from a husband and father. Write Soon. Good by.
    T.J. Strickland
To Mrs. M.A. Strickland"

Those mentioned in this letter from Mary Ann Robertson Strickland to her husband, T.J.Strickland:

    • Jef: Thomas Jefferson Strickland, Mary Ann’s husband
    • Wyat: Wyatt Robertson, a Private of Company B and likely brother of Mary Ann Robertson Strickland
    • James: James Robertson, a Private of Company B and brother of Wyatt
    • Jimmy: unknown, but possibly James Robertson (referred to as James in other letters)
    • Capt Johnson: James H. Johnson, Captain of Company B
    • Mr. Stevens: Possibly/probably one of three men named Stevens/Stephens who served in Company B: C. Stevens, Zach Stephens or Tubal Stephens
    • Old Lady Floyd: Possibly/probably a close relative of two men named Floyd who served in Company B, interestingly one named Davis Floyd, the other named Thomas Floyd
    • Davis family: Two men named Davis served in Company B: John O. Davis and John J. Davis
    • Hiram Barn: unknown
    • Billy Staple: unknown, but a Robert Staples served in the 42nd AL CSA and was a member of the Consolidated 37th AL CSA at surrender in NC
"Chambers County Ala        Oct the 1 1864

    My Beloved Companion
I will rite a few lines to nite as I havent sent you a letter this week    I will hav one ready to send next week     I received 3 letters from you this month    I am glad that you are as well satisfied as you are but I would like it better if I could see you  but I see no chance for that    Wyat ses there is so much danger on the [rail] cars now for me to go. Wyat got home last monday. He has a very bad arm     he cant set up but a few minuets at a time yet he has bin very low [illegible name] stayed with him and brought him home he told me to rite to you and tel you to tell Capt Johnson to rite  out a decriptive list and send it in my letter so as he can draw clothing    Jef I am sorry that James lost you letter and you dident say whether you got your money or not that I sent by Jimmy. I will finish this tomorrow and mail it a monday.

October the 2.  I will     a few more lines     I learned to day that Mr. Stevens are going to start next wednesday   I will send this by him     I went out to davison [Daviston] today to hear the old lady Floyd and Davis family uncle Hiram Barn to preach to them but he dident come    old man Haralson preached them. I saw Billy Staple to day    he told me to tel you he was at home on his cruches he is badly crippled    Wyat had his arm lanced again this evening it has bin lanced in 8 places    I wouldent be surprised if it hast to come of [off] yet but he dont think so Jef I wish I could right something interesting if I could see you I could tel you a heap but it looks like there is no chance for that. I don’t see what is reason some of you cant come home as well as others    there is men from everywhere else at home    Jef I cant see what a fix this world is in    it is in a stur every where and it looks like I can see every body else but you.    O Jef my tong cant tel how bad I want to see you. It looks every day like I can’t stand it a nother     it looks like you have bin there long anough and has done a nough that they might let you come a few days    I hav got my corn halled up and I am going to have it shutched to morrow nite     I had 14 loads with 2 mules     you can give a guess how much I have    I will finish to morrow.    So good by for to nite   I want to read a chapter.

I want you to send me a lock of your hair." 

Those mentioned in this letter:

  • Jerry Cox/J.E. Cox: Jeremiah E. Cox, a Private of Company B, brother of John B. Cox
  • Little John Cox: John B. Cox, a Private of Company B
  • Wyatt: Wyatt Robertson, a Private of Company B (likely brother-in-law of T.J. Strickland)
  • James: James Robertson, a Private of Company B (likely brother of Wyatt)

"Nov 1st 1864
General Hospital    Greenville, Ala

My Beloved Companion
    I again have the opportunity of writing you a few lines which I shall send by Jerry Cox as he has permission to carry his dead brother John home. These few lines will inform you that I am still in the land of the living and have not forgotten you all. I am improving some. I hope soon to be well again. Little John Cox died last night. He had congestive fever. Mary Ann you can’t tell what I would give this evening to see you but so it is I am not so [illegible] and I must content myself with writing. In the first place I don’t want you to give yourself any uneasyness about me. I think I am doing very well. And will soon be well again
    Mary Ann I would like to have some clothing. Jerry Cox will bring me any thing that you may send. I will tell you what I am needing, in the first place I want or need a coat, a pair of socks & pair of pants, 1 shirt. Send me my old gloves and wescoat. I dislike to have to send home for clothing when the government [missing section] But so it is. I am compelled to do so or go without – I hope Jerry Cox will [illegible] make the trip for I shall want to stay here until he returns back so as I can get my things. Mary Ann if you can spare your carpetbag to put my clothing in I will try and take care of it until I can get a knapsack and back home.
    In hospital I think Spanish Fort is the sicklyest place in America. Mary Ann, write me by J.E. Cox when he returns. I wish we could get our money but I see no prospect of it. I am without [illegible] but I see no prospect of a change.  
    Mary Ann write me a good long letter. Tell me all the news I am anxious to hear from Wyatt I have not heard from James since he went onto the road towards Montgomery. I don’t recon I shall stay here longer than till Jerry Cox comes back. Although this is a beautiful town and a plenty to eat if a body had plenty money. The doctor want let me eat nothing but a little soup & bread & rice. Sometimes I get an egg or 2 for my breakfast [missing] for my strength. I hope this horrid war will end this winter and let us all go home. Mary Ann I would write more but I cant think of anything of interest to write. I remain my dear your affectionate husband until death. So good by for this time.    T.J. Strickland"

Among several members of Company B mentioned in letter of David M. Denney dated 24 Aug 1864 as being present in the trenches at Atlanta GA:

Mr. Carter [likely John C. Carter] is gone to the hospital. He was pretty sick when he left. I have not heard from him in some time. Billy Bishop has returned to the hospital. He has the mumps. Billy Smith has returned to the Command again. Tell Bop that Archy is all right [most likely a reference to Archibald Jennings]. Edney Foster the same [possible reference to family member of John T. Foster]. John & Willy Culpeper, John Danielly, Orderley Stricklin [First Sgt/"Orderly Sgt" Thomas J. Strickland], Jas. Robertson and in fact all the boys are in pretty good health. J J Fuller is rather porly.

Stricklin (Strickland?), Samuel W
Company E

Age at Enlistment: 39 (37)
Enlisted 29 March 1862 at Woodville AL; KIA at Kingston GA on 14 Mar 1864 (died in hospital at Kingston and listed among those "Killed in battle or died of wounds"; Had personal effects of $7.00 on him at death "... left with quartermaster"

Stripling, J T
Company A

Enlisted 18 Aug 1861 (record predates formation of 37th AL CSA); Paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Co. A

Stubbs, George W
2nd Lieutenant-1st Lieutenant
Company H

Enlisted 18 March 1862 at Lawrenceville AL; Paid $80 on 2 Oct 1862 for Aug 1862 as 2nd Lieutenant; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 9 July 1863; Submitted his resignation 25 Jan 1864 while in Cheatham’s Division, Hardee’s Corps near Dalton Ga; Promoted to 1st Lt. 9 Feb 1864 upon acceptance of resignation and reassigned (apparently to Dog River Munitions Factory at Mobile AL) on that date; Leave granted by Special Order No. 47/1 dated 16 Feb 1864; Succeeded by T.B. Richards; S.O. No. 22 dated 19 March 1864 at Headquarters of Moore’s Brigade notes Lt. Reynolds’ promotion to 1st Lt, the resignation of Vice 1st Lt. Stubbs, and the promotion of Junior 1st Lt. Richards to Captain, all to rank from 9 Feb 1864

Stucky (Stuckey sic Stricker), Albert Judson
Company H

Enlisted 18 March 1862 at Lawrenceville AL; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863 with X; POW at Lookout Mountain TN on 24 Nov 1863 and sent to Nashville TN, Louisville KY and on to Rock Island Prison IL arriving there 5 Dec 1863; Postwar removed to Miller Co Arkansas, died 15 May 1915

Summers, John ("Jack")
Company G/Regimental Color Bearer

Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863; Regimental Colorbearer WIA & POW on Lookout Mountain/Missionary Ridge (flag shot from his hands, but regained), reported as KIA; BUT is also listed as POW at Rock Island Prison IL on 1 Jan 1864 and is also mentioned as present at a regimental reunion in 1885 at Lafayette AL in this undated article (ca 1902) that appeared in the WEEKLY ENTERPRISE (Enterprise AL):

The members of this Company who are living and were present at our meeting at Lafayette in August in 1885, will recollect that I had published in the Lafayette papers the above muster roll giving opposite each name anything that happened during the war to such member. You will, also, recall the scene that followed when Jack Summers and Walt Harman unfurled our old Battle Flag to the immense crowd that thronged around. How some shouted — some cried — some called out  —  "Pass it this way, I want to lay my hands on it one more time."

Though dumb and without speech that old battle flag aroused the patriotic emotions of that large crowd more than the eloquence of mortal tongues. Some poor mothers whose sons had fallen beneath its folds would clasp it while tears of bitter anguish would stream down their eyes, yet deep down in their hearts there dwelt a soothing consciousness that my boy died for his country. In the history that I shall publish will appear all the personal happenings. In the next issue will appear the muster roll of company K which will close the rolls of the regiment. I will then take up the history of the regiment where I left off. I will enclose in this issue of the paper a supplement to the members of the regiment.

Summers died 15 Feb 1896 and is buried at City Cem., Opelika AL

Sunpler (Sampler?/Simpler?), William
Company K

Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863; Man identified as "Simpler/Sampler," William also of Company K who has conflicting data as POW at Missionary Ridge. This could help explain conflict by having second man of same name

Sweeney, John A
Company D

Age at Enlistment: 16
Enlisted 9 Apr 1862 at Auburn AL; Appears on Muster Roll of Company D dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; Died in service of unknown cause (disease assumed) as his coffin was requisitioned by Captain William F Slaton on 19 July 1862 at Columbus MS

Switzer, John C
Company D

Age at Enlistment: 22
Enlisted 9 Apr 1862 at Auburn AL; Appears on Muster Roll of Company D dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863; Died in service 9 Aug 1864 from wounds received in unknown conflict possibly Utoy Creek near Atlanta which occurred 5-7 Aug 1864)' "J. S. Switzer" Co. D reportedly buried in Stonewall Cem., Griffin GA

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