Thanks for the opportunity to post. I was wondering if someone with advanced knowlege of the civil war in ky could help me out
I have a framed portrait of a relative ( with colt at waist and reverse US BELT buckle) listed for auction on ebay under item 110062898574
the purpose of my post is the following:
in the accompanying obituary for the KY Union Soldier ( interesting that he was a union soldier since he was from todd county, the birthplace of jefferson davis) it states ( from 1928) that he was part of "the boys in blue who followed Grant Sherman and Buckner during the perilous days of '65.
i am not a civil war expert but a fellow emailed me to ask me how Elijah Wright ( the soldiers name) could have followed sherman grant and buckner since buckner was a Confederate General?
is it your opinion that the obituary ( i have the actual copy that appeared in the Todd County standard) is incorrect or could there have been another Buckner in KY in 1865?
Scott, welcome to this place. You don't have to be an expert on the Civil War, but you can talk with those in here who are, and the many of us who aren't. I got interested in August 2005.
I can't believe you're putting a framed picture of a relative up for auction! Gosh, many people would love to have a picture of one of their Civil War relatives.
Elijah died in 1928, so he was probably in his early 80s. Say he was born in 1844, age 20 in 1864, so age 84 in 1928. His service with Grant and Sherman would have been in 1862-63, and maybe with Sherman all the way to the end.
You're right, Buckner was a Confederate general. He surrendered Fort Donelson to Grant on 10 Feb 1862. Maybe Elijah was there too, but Sherman wasn't. Grant and Sherman took Shiloh on 6-7 April 1862, so Elijah was probably there as well. Then there was Chattanooga... There sure were a lot of battles in Tennessee. Only VA had more battles, for obvious reasons.
Patty I am one of those people that would love to have a picture of my great grandfather who was with the 19th Michigan at Tompkin's Station . He along with many of the 19th were captured and taken off to a prison in Viriginia , He was paroled four months later with a lung diease that got him mustered out and sent home to Michigan. He lived another 30 years but my grandfather never passed down any pictures of his family to my father. My grandfather left home to go west to Idaho in the 80's and 90's . He didn't marry til late in his life. My father too didn't settle down til he was older. No pictures . I was so excited when I got my great grandfather Aaron Sweet's enlistment papers. I finally know what he looked like , at least that he was 5 foot 10 light brown hair , sandy complextion and blue eyes. I try to imagine him looking like a youger verision of the pictures I have of my grandfather. I can't imagine selling my great grandfather's picture .
I have one picture of my dad's other grandfather. He worked in the quartermaster's department in charge of transportation in Clarksville Tennessee. My brother and I each have a copy of that picture. When my brother had a beard it was almost the same face looking at us. He is dressed in his Knights Templer uniform and very stilff and formal. Can you imagine how excited I was to learn he was a railroad engine in Tennessee right before the Cvil War? That made him a real person. Yep my grandmother was older too when she married and had my father.
I guess different things are important to different people .