New book focuses on state’s Civil War history

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2004

McFarland Publishing Company has just announced the publication of a new book of Mississippi Civil War History. The Third Battalion Mississippi Infantry and the 45th Mississippi Regiment: A Civil War History is the work of David Williamson, Ph.D., of Hattiesburg. Of interest to Civil War and family history buffs alike, the book tells the story of Hardcastle’s Third Battalion Mississippi Infantry from its formation to the end of the war. It includes their mid-war incarnation as the 45th Mississippi Regiment, and the role they played in Cleburne’s fabled division during almost every major engagement of the Army of Tennessee.

The story is told from the point of view of lower-ranking soldiers and their families and friends back home and explains not only the causes of the Civil War but the social and political factors that motivated the volunteers to join and continue fighting to the end.

The battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap, the Atlanta Campaign, Spring Hill, Franklin, Nashville and Bentonville are discussed and analyzed in their strategic context, including first-person accounts from both sides.

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The book contains previously unpublished photos, excerpts from newspapers previously unpublished letters from home, letters from soldiers, and diaries, including the previously unpublished diary of John T. Kern, Co. K, &uot;The Charlton Rebels&uot; of Hinds County.

Many descendants of Third Battalion soldiers, whose names appear in the annotated roster, still live in Mississippi. The counties their companies represented include: Pike, Pontotoc, Noxubee, Itawamba, Choctaw, Tippah, Hinds and Simpson.

Appendices include the annotated roster; the prison diary of Lieutenant Samuel L. Asbury, Co. F, &uot;The Tippah Highlanders;&uot; the story of Captain John N. Sloan, Co. G, &uot;The Mississippi Volunteers of Pontotoc County;&uot; the story and description of their battle flag; and a photo of the flag of &uot;The Duncan Riflemen.&uot;

The 444-page hardback comes with an illustrated case binding and is available through most bookstores now for $49.95.


… Gregory A. Price (Dallas, Texas;

) is searching for information about his ancestor, JOSEPH PRICE, who was born about 1803 in Georgia and was a resident of Louisiana by 1813 (most probably St. Helena Parish). He resided in Amite County, Mississippi by 1814 and subsequently lived in Franklin, Lawrence, Hinds and perhaps Scott counties in Mississippi. There likely is a connection between JOHN ROLLINS of St. Helena Parish, LA and CELIA ROLLINS PRICE. John Rollins owned over 1200 acres of land in St. Helena Parish at the time of his death. Title to this land was confirmed in two private land claims. One tract was originally claimed by ABEL CRAUGHAN and the other was originally claimed by JOSEPH PRICE. Following the death of John Rollins, his son DAVID ROLLINS moved to Franklin County, MS, where members of the Price family lived. Circumstantial evidence suggests (1) there may be a connection to BENJAMIN ROLLINS (born before 1870) who resided in Amite, Hinds and Newton Counties in Mississippi; (2) there may be a connection to JOHN PERRY who was an early resident of Amite County; and (3) there may be a connection to the TERRELL family. Mr. Price will be glad to exchange information with anyone interested in jointly researching these families. Can any reader help?

… Doug Baker (Huntsville, AL;

) is seeking information on J. T. LOWTHORP who may be JOHN or JAMES THOMAS LOWTHORP. He married DELIA HOLDER in Lee County in 1887 and at some point after 1900 migrated to Grand Saline Texas and may have died in Texas. Where was he born? Who were his parents? Where were they born? What was JT’s age? In his marriage license application is an affidavit that certifies that he is of the age of 21 years and legally free to marry. It is not clear if that meant that he was &uot;at least&uot; 21 years old and met the age requirement or if indeed he was 21 years old in 1887. Doug’s research objective is to discover his parents. Some evidence supports that they may been THOMAS B. LOWTHORP and MARY ANN BAKER LOWTHORP of North Carolina, but Thomas was killed in the War in July 1864 so this conflicts the idea that J.T. could have been 21 years old in 1887. Can any reader help solve this mystery?

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