5th AL Cav
Tue May 15 19:02:06 2001
There is a letter in Andrew Jackson's file that was written by his physician concerning my great-great grandfather's health toward the end of his life, and it states that "he served with the command until he taken sick and was furloughed on account of frozen feet and his furlough was not out when the army was surrendered and he was paroled at Danville, ALA in May 1865." This letter was written in May of 1899 by F.L. Gibson, MD and N.G. Delashaw, Board of Examiners. A man by the name of J.B. Hamilton was the witness to Andrew's pension. At the time of the letter, Andrew was living in Moulton. His pension records go on to state that he enlisted in November of 1863 at Oakville as a private in the 5th Alabama Cavalry as a private. He states that his captain was Ben Collier (very hard to read that part) and that his colonel was Josiah Patterson.
On Levi Brown's application it states that he enlisted in "E" Company in May of 1862 at a camp "near Moulton." A B.J. Stewart, or possibly S.J. Stewart, the writing is hard to read, witnessed his pension application and swears that he is telling the truth about his service. Three of the names that I can make out on the letter in L.W. Brown's application are J.M. West (maybe, hard to read), J.B.Hamilton, and Andrew Jackson Brown. It also states that they surrendered on, or around, May 19, 1865 in Danville, AL and that Lee was captured in Selma, but he escaped from prison camp, and was parolled at Danville with the remainder of the regiment. He also states that he hurt his lower back in Dalton, GA while in the service.
I wish that I had more, but so far, that's all I've got on those two ancestors. Any help that anyone else can provide would be grately appreciated.
5th AL Cavalry
L C Lanphere, Fri May 25 14:27