following information was submitted by Wes
Bowden and Barbara. Aaron Smith was Barbara Bowden's
great-great-grandfather. All the information was taken from records that
were passed on to Barbara after her mother's death.
was born in 1824
and lived in Webster Co, MS. He married Julis Ann
Bays on Jan 9,
1843. Five children were born to Aaron
Ann. They were:
Thomas Tristum, Nancy E.,
James Henry, Millie J. and Locky
J. All of these
children were born in Choctaw Co, MS. Julis Ann
Smith died on Jan
20, 1857 at home near Greensboro, MS and was buried in Old Lebanon
Elizabeth Miles in
had eight children:
William Dudley, Josephine, Reubin, Maggie, Irvin, Mary and George. All these children were born
in Sumner Co, MS; Sumner later changed to Webster Co. (What is now Webster Co
was once part of the original Choctaw Co before it was divided to form other
In 1863, Aaron
joined the 11th
Calvary Co I under Col. Muldrow
and served until
the end of the war.
In 1874, he was appointed as member of the first board of supervisors ever
elected to Sumner Co (now Webster). Aaron
years of his life abiding to the laws of the land and the ways of God.
died at home Oct
25, 1908 in Walthall, Webster Co and was laid to rest in Ebenezer Cemetery. Rev.
Ball conducted the
services.Second wife, Sarah
Smith died Feb 18,
1912 and was laid to rest beside Aaron in Ebenezer Cemetery.
following information was taken from the autobiography of Thomas Tristum (Tress)
Smith, which is now in the possession of his great-granddaughter. The
autobiography is about his connection with the confederate service. This
autobiography was written in Feb 1899. The autobiography was found when
Barbara"s great aunt and grandmother were compiling the family
Smith was born Nov
13, 1845 and died Jun 24, 1919. He volunteered in Aug 1861 at Greensboro,
Webster Co, MS as a recruit to Co D 15th MS Reg, Capt William
company was under Lt. Col Walthall and Brig Gen Z. B.
served with the 15th until Aug 1862 when he joined the 43rd MS Reg Co D. In the
15th he fought the Battle of Camp Wildcat, Mill Springs,
In Aug 1862 he joined the 43rd
MS Co D commanded by Col. B. F.
Moore, with Lt. Col
Harrison and Maj Sykes, commanded by Capt Thomas
B. Thompson, Samuel
DeLoach, First Lt.;
Gilbert, Second; Lt
Lt. This command was in north MS under Gen Sterling
Price. They were
soon ordered to Iuka, MS and on Sept 19, 1862, fought in the battle of Iuka. "We
found larger numbers of Federal soldiers than anticipated and were forced to
give up Iuka and fell back some distance south of Iuka. It was on this retreat
that one of my mess mates, named William
Morris, was killed
by Maj Skyles horse."
"We had just stopped and broke ranks and were sitting
resting. The horse, a fine black, was tied to the fence as we marched into the
field and just after we had stopped; the horse became frightened and pulled the
rail out of the fence and came charging down the line with the rail swinging to
the halter. He ran over Bill Morris
and we never knew
whether it was the rail or the horse"s hoof that struck Bill
on the head and
crushed his skull."
"We, in a few days, joined forces with Gen Van
Dorn and on Oct 3rd
and 4th fought the battle of Corinth, MS; in which in which Col. B. F.
Moore was killed in
battle and Lt Col Richard
promoted to Col and Maj Sykes
was promoted to Lt
"We then went on to Chickasaw Bayou, Grand Gulf, Snyder"s Bluff, Big Black River
Bridge and Vicksburg. On July 3, an unconditional surrender was entered into and
on July 7, 1863, he was paroled. In 1864, an exchange was declared by the
Secretary of War for the Confederate States."
He joined the corps of Gen Leonidas
Polk at Montevallo,
AL. From there, he went to Resaca, GA; New Hope Church and Pine Knob (or Pine
Mountain) where Gen Polk
was struck by a
cannon ball and killed on Jun 19, 1864.
The corps then fell back to Kennesaw Mountain; to Peachtree Creek and on July
22, to Atlanta; from Atlanta to Lovejoy"s Station, Decatur, AL, Columbia, TN,
Spring Hill and Franklin on Nov 30, 1864.
He later went to West Point, MS and on to Mobile where he reported to Gen Maury, who was in charge. From
Mobile, he went to Egypt, MS; West Point, MS; Tupelo, MS and Augusta,
On March 1, 1865, the corps started to march across SC to rejoin Gen Johnston
in eastern NC. They
chased Stoneman as he made his raid across western NC, from Salisbury, NC to
Greensboro, NC. Other places were Lexington, NC, Raleigh, NC and Goldsboro, NC.
They joined the main army on Apr 1, 1865 and had a reunion with his command, the
first since Tupelo, MS.
The following is a quote from his autobiography:
"The perils and ravages had told
upon all and a great number had crossed the cold dark stream into the unknown
beyond, never again to reunite on this earth. All were discouraged and
disheartened and with sadness longed to be with their dear ones at home. We
remained at camp for a day or two and began falling back in the direction of
Raleigh, NC; closely pursued by Gen Sherman"s victorious and cheerful army.
We made but a short halt at Raleigh and the Federals were coming into the city
as our rear guard left it. We on this day began to hear rumors of the defeat and
probable capture of Gen Lee"s army of the Potomac. We
continued to fall back along the line of the N.C.R.R. in the direction of
Durham, NC. We passed Durham and Hillsboro and crossed the Haw River at or near
the Station of same name. We had expected that Gen Johnston
would endeaver to
give Gen Sherman battle at Haw River, but of this we were mistaken. On the day
before crossing Haw River we saw some of Gen Lee"s army who confirmed the rumor
of its capture. Our command halted all along the line of Railroad from Haw River
to Company Shops, NC. At this place I stopped, not being able to keep up with
"I drifted across the county during the day and
spent the night with a Mr. John Troxler,
near the Alamance Cotton Factory. On next day I started up the Alamance Creek,
just where I did not know. I finally felt too sick to travel and stopped under a
cedar bush to rest untill I felt better. While resting there I was accosted by a
party who proved to be your grandfather, who requested me to accompany him to
his house until I felt able to go farther."
"I remained here for an indefinite period and while there heard all manner of
rumors of the result of the movement of the two contending armies. You
grandfather finally went over to Company Shops (now Burlington, NC) to learn the
particulars. He came back and reported that our army under Gen. J. E. Johnston had surrendered on Apr 26th,
"This virtually ended the Confederate
War, or War between the North and South. I remained at your grandfathers until
July 28th, 1865. I was met at McLeansville, NC, by your mamma, who with some of
her cousins accompanied me to Greensboro, NC , where we were made man and wife
and proceeded to my home near Greensboro in Choctaw County,
This is an excerpt from the 1899
autobiography of T. T. Smith, Barbara Bowden"s Great Granddaughter.