|Pals Jack Richards, Taylor Agan and I enjoyed an epic visit to the Battle of Dug Hill site.|
(CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)
Like this blog on Facebook | Follow me on Twitter
|Rebel vet Wiley Steakley:|
"We finally put the Yankees
on the run."
|An illustration of the|
Battle of Dug Hill,
published in the Alva Weekly
(Okla.) Record in 1911.
|fold3.com via National Archives (WC99898)|
... More than a year after Shelton's death, Ruth filed for a dependent's pension. The family circumstances were difficult. Harris' husband had abandoned the family and "never so much as furnished [Shelton] means enough to buy him a Linnon (sic) cap," according to this pension file affidavit. "He left the country when my son was but one or two months old and never has saw him since." Added Ruth: "My son was a Basterd (sic) child and never knew his father." Harris' pension claim was approved at the standard rate of $8 a month. Shelton's final resting place is unknown.
... Perhaps this is the view guerrillas had from the wooded mountainside as they whacked the Federals. Agan's research indicates this is the battle site; other alternatives have been offered. Wherever this fight occurred, it was like "like shooting fishing in a barrel," said Agan, whose great-great-great-great-grandfather John Parker served in the 5th Tennessee Cavalry. (The 23-year-old was listed as present on the rolls of the regiment that day, but's it's unclear if he fought at Dug Hill.) More on Private Parker of Company K of the 5th Tennessee Cavalry in a bit ...
|fold3.com via National Archives (WC71261)|
-- Have something to add (or correct) in this post? Email me here.
- Chattanooga (Tenn.) Daily Times, Feb. 23, 1940.
- Dromgoole, Will Allen, The Sunny Side of the Cumberland, Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1886.
- Elijah Crabtree and Shelton Harris pension files, National Archives via fold3.com, Washington, D.C., WC71261 and WC99898.
- Nashville Banner, Nov. 30, 1912.
- Nashville Daily Union, March 15, 1864.
- Seals, Monroe. A History of White County Tennessee
- The National Tribune, Jan. 19, 1911.