Friday, May 6, 2011

Confederate Veterans Remembered in Florida

CSA veteran graves honored
May 4, 2011

by Larry Clere

Theophilus West, M.D., Camp 1346, Washington Invincibles, Camp 1541 and Finley’s Brigade, Camp 1614 Sons of Confederate Veterans, Marianna, Chipley and Tallahassee, dedicated with ceremony, three Confederate veteran headstones at three different cemeteries in Jackson County on Saturday, April 30.

The headstones included: Lieutenant John Pryor Dozier, Mt. Olive in Bascom, Private John Andrew Byrd, Greenwood Baptist in Greenwood and Private Isaac B. Harrell, Dykes Cemetery in Sneads. Descendants of these veterans traveled from Illinois, Durham, North Carolina, Shalimar and Middleburg to honor their CSA ancestor.

John Pryor Dozier enlisted May 14, 1862, at China Grove, Pike County, Alabama, in Captain Head’s Company. He enlisted as 1st Sgt., Co. E, 3rd Battalion Hilliard’s Legion, muster roll at Montgomery, Alabama, on July 3, 1862. He took part in the Cumberland Gap Campaign, Fall 1862. For his bravery and skill he was brevetted 2nd Lt., Co. E at Knoxville, Tennessee, February 24, 1863. In April 1863, the 3rd Battalion was assigned to Gracie’s Brigade, Department of East Tennessee. The company was at Chickamauga, Georgia, on September 19-20, 1863. On November 25, 1863, Co. E, 3rd Alabama Battalion became Co. G, 60th Alabama Infantry Regiment and was assigned to Gracie’s Brigade, Buckner’s Division, Department of East Tennessee. The regiment took part in the Siege of Knoxville, November 29-December 4, 1863, and at Bean’s Station, December 14, 1863. John Pryor was promoted to 1st Lt., Co. G, 60th Alabama, on December 14, 1863. Company G was assigned to Gracie’s Brigade, Department of Richmond, during May-June 1864. During July-October 1864 the company was assigned to [Bushrod] Johnson’s Division, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia. From October 1864-April 1865 the company was assigned to Johnson’s Division, Army of Northern Virginia, where the company took part in the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, on May 16, 1864. From July 9, 1864-March 14, 1865, John Pryor was in the trenches of Petersburg. He was admitted to Stuart Hospital, Richmond, Virginia, from March 8 to March 19, 1865, with “febris remittens”. John Pryor Dozier returned to his company and was captured at Sailor’s Creek April 6, 1865. He was imprisoned at Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D.C., April 14, 1865, & Johnson’s Island [Prison], Ohio, April 19-June 18, 1865. John Pryor was released on oath from Johnson’s Island June 18, 1865.

John Andrew Byrd was born 20 Dec 1822, in South Carolina. He enlisted as a private in Company A, 5th Battalion Florida Cavalry, on 1 Nov 1863. He was captured on St. Andrews Bay, Florida, 1 Dec 1864, and sent to New Orleans, Louisiana. He was admitted to the St. Louis Hospital at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 20 Mar 1865, with diarrhea. On 10 May 1865, he was paroled to return to Marianna, Florida. A little over a month later, on 28 Jun 1865, he died at home in Greenwood, Florida. [EGS DATABASE - ANCESTRY.COM - NARA PUB M251 REEL 16]

Isaac B. Harrell, son of Ransom Whitfield Harrell and Martha Aw Wa Dabbega (the daughter of Aw Wa Dabbega, Creek Indian) was born 1 May 1840, and died 22 Feb 1915. He enlisted in Company E, 8th Regiment Florida Infantry on 13 May 1862, at Marianna. Last record on file indicates he was in Receiving & Wayside Hospital (General Hospital # 9), Richmond, Virginia, during Oct & Nov 1863. [FLORIDA CONFEDERATE PENSION RECORD # A01367 – NARA PUB M251 REEL 83 Go-K – EGS DATABASE