27 June 2010

Elisha Lee Womble was at Appomattox

My 2nd great grand uncle in law Elisha Lee Womble was born about 1833 in Georgia. He was the son of Thomas Womble and Martha Barron. In 1856, Elisha married Martha Jane Brown (1842-1927). Less than five years later Elisha was at a Confederate training camp near Savannah.

Using Footnote's Civil War Collection (they are still offering free access for a few more days), I viewed Elisha's Civil War file. He officially enlisted 8 March 1862 in Macon, Georgia for the duration of the war. I wonder if he was like many, and thought the war would be a short one. Elisha survived and was present for the entire war, with the exception of a couple of months or so in 1864 when he fractured his humerus (bone between shoulder and elbow) and was furloughed to heal and recuperate.

The last page of Elisha's file states he was on a list of "Prisoners of War, belonging to the Army of Northern Virginia, who have been this day surrendered by General Robert W. Lee, C.S.A., commanding said Army, to Lieut. Genl. U. S. Grant, commanding Armies of the United States.  Done at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865." Since I have seen other files stating soldiers surrendered at other places at the end of the war, I wonder if this means Elisha was actually present at Appomattox. A quick check of the regimental history of Georgia's 59th Infantry at Ancestry says this regiment fought at Appomattox April 4-6, and they surrendered there on the 9th. I'd say he was there.

Had I foreseen these results of subjugation,
I would have preferred to die at Appomattox.

- Robert E. Lee

I wonder, how did Elisha feel?

19 June 2010

Elisha Womble's Letter from the Confederate Training Camp

Some time ago, I came across a transcription of a letter written by my 2nd great grand uncle in law, Elisha L. Womble. At the time of the writing he was encamped near Savannah at a Confederate training facility.
8 December 1861 by E. Womble
Written to Mr. J. N. Hooks

Dear Friend,

I (?) make the attempt to write you a short letter which leaves me in moderate health hoping wil find you well. I have bin waiting sometime thinking I would have something new to write but have not and fear I wil not intrest you at all. When I first come in camp I could see something new everyday but now it is a sight to the contrary. I hear a good many stories and I’ve bin in the habit of beleaving some of them but now I don’t know whether to beleave anything or not. I know one thing they have got us bound up very tite. I’ve not bin out side of the encampment since last Sunday only when we was drilling. They drill us 6 hours in the day we hardly have time to cook and eat these short days. They talk of sending we six months fellows home about Christmas but I can’t tell whether that is soon or not. They talk of turning us over to the Confederate government but I don’t know whether they will do that or not.I see they are sending Soldiers here from Mississippi they are Confederate soldiers. I think from the way everything is working we wil get the chance to get in to a fight before long. I think the Yankeys aims at taking Fort Pulaski and if they take that they can take Savannah. They is the size of 20 vessels in 3 or 4 miles of the fort. I think they are waiting for recruits. They have left Tybee Island . Our men fined a light house thare the other night and the Yankeys saw the light of it and turned in to it shooting at it. I think they shot some 30 or 40 times before they found out what they was shooting at. I heard the guns and thought it was (?) men shooting. I would like to come up about Christmas but they will be no chance . They wil not let no man have a furlough now nor wil not before Christmas. This is one of the Christmases I expect to stay home if I live. James you must get some of the boys and come down and take christmas with us. I don’t think you spend your money in a better place(?). Come down and stay 3 or 4 days. It wil not cost you anything after you get down here. We have a very nice heltha place here to camp. I hope we wil not move anymore while we have to stay in camps. But I expect we wil have to dobble quick down to tybee before long.

I think we have the meanest Doctor for our Reg. that I ever saw. They was a man dide in it yesterday and I think Wm Bridges will die before tomorrow morning and I beleave they killed him. Dr. (?) has gone home.

I wrote to Mollie to try to get you in the notion to wait until I come back before you and her jumps into dobble trobble. She said she would wait until Christmas and that wil soon be here. Give her my respects when you see her and recieve an equal fraction yourself. You must write soon and all the new direct to Savannah 1st Reg Gen. Harrisons Brig. Care of C. B. Haskins Com. B you see they is two Brigades now and of course they is two first Regiments or a first Reg. in each Brig. and they take the Companys in alphabetical form as Com A, Com B and so on ours is Com B. Decm. 8th/61

from your friend, E. Womble
Mr. Wm Bridges has dide since I started this letter or since I finished it rather.
This letter was contributed by Elisha's great granddaughter, Grace Womble. The address at which I originally found the letter no longer exists, but can still be viewed using the wayback machine -- http://www.civilwarhistory.com/SoldiersLifeVisual/Letters/Womble.htm .

05 June 2010

Surname Saturday: BROWN

Who doesn't have some BROWNs in their family tree? I'm following my ahnentafel report for my Surname Saturday posts. Here are the theories on my Browns going back a few generations.

24. William Benjamin Logue is the son of William Buck Logue Jr. and Emily Simmerson. He was born 1852 in Hancock County, Georgia. He died on 04 Nov 1927 in Hancock County, Georgia.
25. Sara Evelyn Brown is the daughter of William C. Brown and Elizabeth Thigpen. She was born Bet. 1848–1852 in Georgia.

William Benjamin Logue and Sara Evelyn Brown had 5 children: Lunnie, William Harris (b. 1875),
Asa Lorenza (1877-1957), Charles Jefferson (b. 1878), and Walter Rogers (1881-1940).

50. William C. Brown is the son of William Brown and Sara Duggan. He was born Bet. 1813–1814 in Georgia. He died 1898.
51. Elizabeth Thigpen is the daughter of Redding Dawson Thigpen and Sara Eason. She was born Bet. 1823–1826 in Georgia. She died 1897.

William C. Brown and Elizabeth Thigpen had 12 children: Ashley G. (b. 1839), Martha Jane (1842-1927), Mary Frances (d. 1917), James Riley, John W., Sara Evelyn, Malissa L., Thomas Jefferson (b. 1857), William E., Dallas A. (1863-1940), Louisiana (1863-1907), and Lina.

100. William Brown was born in Georgia.
101. Sara Duggan was born in Georgia.

William Brown and Sara Duggan had 1 child, William C. (d. 1898).
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