Volume V, page 431, (1898)
Judge S.P. Greene is a native of South Carolina, but removed with his father and family to Georgia while still a child. In the spring of 1861 he, then a boy of seventeen years of age, volunteered in the Eleventh Georgia, and served with this regiment in the army of Northern Virginia till December of that year, when he returned to Georgia and joined the Thirty-Ninth Regiment from that State. Soon afterwards he was promoted to second lieutentant of Company I,
and served through the East Tennessee and then the Kentucky
campaigns under Bragg. In the winter of 1862-63 his regiment was
sent to Vicksburg, and was engaged in the battle of Baker's Creek,
in which his company lost nearly half its number in killed and wounded.
For gallent conduct of this battle he was promoted to the adjutancy of
his regiment, and by this position part of the time adjutant general of his
brigade till the reorganization of the army in North Carolina. He was
made captain at about twenty-one years of age.
The Thirty-Ninth Georgia was engaged in nearly every battle fought
by the Army of Tennessee from 1863 till the close of the war and won
for itself a most enviable reputation as a fighting regiment, being repeatedly
singled out of its corps for extra hazardous service; and Capt. Greene
could boast that his regiment was never under fire but once during the
war when he was not with it. He was wounded several times. He surrendered with Gen. Joe Johnston at Greensboro, N.C. He read law and removed to Fort Worth, Tex., in 1873, where he now resides. He was District Judge for a number of years, but retired and resumed the practice of law. He is at present Commander of R.E. Lee Camp, one of the largest and best organized of all Confederate camps.
Volume VI, page 432 (1899)
John B. Hood, Ripley, Tex., reports the death of Rev. T.S. Johnston. He died November 5, 1898. He volunteered April 4, 1862, was captain of Company H, Thirty-Ninth Georgia. He was captured at Baker's Creek and kept in prison at Rock Island from April until July; was in the battle of Missionary Ridge, went with Johnston through Georgia, and was severely wounded at Jonesboro, Georgia. He was a good man, a true soldier, and was loved by everyone, especially his old comrades.
Volume XI, pages 230-231 (1903)
Hugh M. Middleton
H.M. Middleton died suddenly at his home in Chattanooga, Tenn., March 28. The deceased was born August 20, 1830, in Forsyth County, Ga., and moved with his parents to Chattooga County, where, in 1850, he married Miss Mary Carter. In the early months of the year 1862 he helped to organized Company H, Thirty-Ninth Georgia Infantry, and was elected third lieutentant. In the regular order of promotion he was made captain of the company in the early part of 1864, while the army was in winter quarters at Dalton, Ga. On February 21, 1864, he received a furlough to visit his home, and walked from Dalton to Summerville, a distance of forty miles, making the trip in one day. On February 22 he was captured by a detachment from the Fifteenth Pennsylvania United States Troops, at Summerville, and was taken to Chattanooga, then to Nashville, and on to Fort Delaware about March 30. He remained there until Kirby Smith surrendered the trans-Mississippi Department, and was then paroled July 25, 1865.
He returned to Summerville, sold out his possessions there and moved to Elizabethtown, Ky., with his wife and daughter Ella. They lived there for twenty-five years, and in 1890 moved to Chattanooga. Capt. Middleton was in engagements with his company at Bridgeport, Ala., at Baker's Creek, or Champion Hill, Miss., in the siege of Vicksburg, in the battle of Missionary Ridge, and in the operations around Chattanooga. Capt. Middleton was a member of Hardin Lodge Master Masons, Knights of Honor, and N.B. Forrest Camp.
Volume XIII, page 526, (1905)
Richard M. Davis, of Murray County, Ga., now living at Norman, Okla., served in Company A, 39th Georgia Regimen, and is anxious to hear from any members of the old command, especially any of the company who were at the siege of Vicksburg and the battle of Baker's Creek.
Volume XV, page 340 (1907)
Mrs. M.A. Robertson, R.F.D. No. 5, Box 30, Forth Worth, Tex., is trying to secure a pension, and needs to hear from some comrade of her husband who can substantiate her claim. Her husband was Nat P. Robertson, and he enlisted from Marietta, Cobb County, Ga., in Phillip's Legion, 39th Georgia Regiment, company not known. She will appreciate hearing from any one who recalls this comrade. (webmaster's note: the rolls of the 39th does not show this soldier in any company.)
Volume XVI, page 329, (1908)
Annual Sermon at Dalton, Ga.- When Rev. J.T. Lowe was asked to preach the annual sermon for the soldiers at Dalton, Ga., his answer was in part: "When the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. I have my parole, dated April 26, 1865, Greensboro, N.C." He was licensed to preach before the war, and mightve kept out of the conflict on this plea, but he preferred to do otherwise. He served throughout the war in Company H, 39th Georgia Regiment, and Comrade R.P. Neal of Company C, same regiment, says of him: "He served his country and his Creator. He plannedalways to have suitable persons conduct prayer meetings in the command. On one of these occasions an intelligent soldier was heard to offer the prayer: "Lord, if the war is sent to us as a punishment, grant that its form may be changed."
Volume XVII, page 60 (1909)
Twenty survivors of One Company.- Douglas Jarnigin gives a list of survivors of Company F, 39th Georgia Regiment. It is doubtless about as large a list of living members of any company as can be found: Wesley, Robert F., Charley, I.N., and Lee Smith, D.W. Gilliland, William Keys, Haney Fox, Lon Magill, Hillyard Taylor, Wesley Lee, Jake Baldorf, John Farris, James A. Park, Terrell Ramsey, Douglas Jarnigin, Robert Magill, William Graham, Capt. William Evans, Cowan Roddy, William Story, Buck Wells.
Volume XVII, page 416 (1909)
W.J. Longley was born in Tennessee in 1836; and died in Dalton, GA., in June 1909. In the beginning of the war he enlisted in the 39th Georgia Infantry, and was a brave, true soldier to the cause. He was wounded in the battle of Missionary Ridge by a ball striking him in the forehead and plowing its way across his head. He was disabled by this wound from active service for months; but on his recovery he returned to the army, and served till the surrender. He was a member of Joseph E. Johnston Camp, U.C.V. and was highly respected by all who knew him. (webmaster's note: Longley was a member of Company C)
Volume XVII, page 132 (1910)
James D. Smith
James D. Smith died in Lyerly, Ga., November 4, 1909, in his eighty-second year. He was a member of Company H, 39th Georgia Regiment, served gallantly the entire four years of the war, and received honorable discharge at is close.
Volume XIX, page 389 (1911)
Dr. M.R. Banner
A committee composed of Rev. J.B. Fletcher, J.M. Hughes,
M.V. Allen, and J.A. Hudson pays tribute to Dr. Banner, in
which the following facts in his history are recounted: He was
born in Germantown, N.C., March 27, 1827. On JUne 12,
1856, he married Miss A.B. Barrett, of Charleston, Tenn. To
them were born five children. One child died in infancy. He
resided for some years before the Civil War at Dalton, Ga., and
practiced dentistry. At the commencement of the war he
volunteered in the 39th Georgia Regiment. He was a personal friend of Gen. J.B. Gordon, who visited him at his some in Jacksboro some years ago.
Comrade Banner commanded the signal service corps during "The Battle Above the Clouds." He commanded the sapper and mining corps at Vicksburg, and was promoted for his efficient service there. He was wounded three times.
In 1881 he located in Jacksboro, where he and his wife "did more than all others to promote its cause." No man stood higher than he in the town, and he loved and honored as a gentlemen and worthy citizen by all who knew him. On a beautiful May evening he was laid beside his loved ones gone before. His children were all present. To them Camp R.E. Lee tender their heart-felt sympathy and love, hoping that they, as well as all the members of the Camp, will emulate his virtues and that all of us may meet again in that beautiful home in the grand camp above.
Volume XX, page 383 (1912)
Deaths in Camp John B. Gordon, Spring Place, GA.
The Grim Reaper in his visits to John B. Gordon Camp at Spring Place, GA in 1911 captured seven of its members viz (for brevity only the 39th Georgia members are listed):
W.R. Black, Chaplain, was born in 1846; and died March 1, 1911. He served in Company A, 39th Georgia Regiment, and surrendered April 26, 1865, at Greensboro, N.C.
F.M. Kilgore died February 27, 1911. He was in Company A, 39th Georgia Regiment, and surrendered at Appomattox April 9, 1865. (webmaster's note: Mr. Killgore's pension records shows he surrendered at Kingston, Georgia May 12, 1965.)
A.L. Keith died December 5, 1911. He belonged to Company A, 39th Georgia Regiment, and surrendered April 26, 1865, at Greensboro, Ala. (webmaster's note: Mr. Keiths's pension records shows he was at home wounded, close of war)
[Commander B.W. Gladden, Adjutant Thomas J. Ramsey, and L.F. Peeples, Committee]
Volume XXII, page 36, (1914)
Capt. Alonzo Judson Pursley
Capt. A.J. Pursley, of Savannah, Ga., a veteran of the 39th Georgia Infantry, was born in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1844, and moved with his parents toRinggold, Ga., in 1856. In February, 1861, he left school at Cave Springs, Ga., and, returning home, enlisted the following month in the Ringgold Volunteers (Capt. H.J. Sprayberry), a company answered the first call for troops, and was enrolled as Company B, of the 1st Georgia Battalion, under Major Larey, a command that was subsequently merged in the 1st Confederate Regiment.
Private Pursley served a year at Pensacola, and then he became a private in Company D, 39th Regiment of Georgia Infantry. In this company he rose in rank, until at the reorganization of the remnant of the regiment in the spring of 865 he was promoted from first lieutenant to captain of Company K, one of the two companies into which the regiment was consolidated.
Among the battles in which he participated were Bridgeport, Ala.,
Tazewell and Cumberland Gap, Tenn., Richmond, Ky., Baker's Creek,
Miss., the siege of Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face, Resaca,
Cassville, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek,
Atlanta (July 22), the siege of Atlanta, Jonesboro, Ga., Columbia,
Franklin, Nashville, and the fighting on the retreat to Mississippi.
He was wounded at Baker's Creek and Peachtree Creek, was a
prisoner of war on parole after the surrender of Vicksburg until the fall
of 1863, and on the retreat from Nashville suffered great hardships,
marching barefoot over the snow and ice from Franklin to Tupelo.
His last battle was Bentonville, N.C., and his surrender at Greensboro.
From High Point he took home with him a wounded comrade, H.S. Watt, of Griffin, and reached Americus, where his father then lived, with fifteen cents, the residue of the dollar that he received at the disbandment of the army. He resided in Americus and engaged in farming until 1885, when he removed to Savannah and engaged in business. He was Third Lieutenant Commander of McLaws Camp, U.C.V.
Captain Pursley died at his home, in Guyton, Georgia, on November 29, 1912.
[The foregoing sketch was furnished by J.M. Bryant, Superintendent of the Andersonville (Ga.) National Cemetary and an intimate friend of Captain Pursley.]
Volume XXIV, page 95 (1916)
Mr. W.M. Wright, of Pike City, Ark., is seeking proof of his service and would like to hear from some surviving comrade. He served in Company B, 39th Georgia Regiment, under Capt. Howard Pitner, Col. Joe McConnell, and General Ledbetter. He was in the siege of Vicksburg.
Volume XXVIII, page 237
J.E. Stockburger, of Oglesby, Tex., send this: In the April Veteran C.W. Trice takes issue with General Duke in regard to the Confederates being routed in the battle of Missionary Ridge. Comrade Trice is right. I belonged to Stevenson's Division, Cumming's Brigade, Company B, 39th Georgia Regiment. Our position was over the tunnel on the East Tennessee and Georgia railroad, and Cleburne's left. We held this position all day on the 25th of November, charged the Yankees three times during the day, and drove them from the ridge each time. Will some one give Stevenson's Division credit for its part it took in that battle? I know we held our part of the line all day and thought at night that the Yankees were whipped. I am an old Confederate veteran, had three sons in the World War, and felt like I wanted to go with them; but I have never acknowledged to any one that I was wrong in what I did in the sixties. I thought I was right then and know it now.
Volume XXXII, page 231 (1924)
The following Confederate Veterans have died in Chattooga County, GA., since the last report:
G.A. Ragland, private, Company H, 39th Georgia, Hardee's Corps.
[T.P. Henry, Summerville, GA.]
Volume XXXII, page 274.(1924)
J.E. Stockburger was born December 28, 1840, near Dalton GA., and enlisted in the Confederate army February 1, 1862, as a private being promoted to sergeant after the battle of Rocky Face Mountain, serving with Company B, 39th Georgia Regiment, Cumming's Brigade, Stevenson's Division, Hood's Corps, Army of Tennessee. His first captain was T.H. Pitner. He was in the battles of Richmond, KY., Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face Mountain, Resaca, New Hope Church, Kenesaw (sic) Mountain, Atlanta, Nashville, and Bentonville, N.C.
He went to Texas in 1875, and in the same year, at Sherman, was married to Miss Nannie Stockburger. To this union was born twelve children, two of whom died in infancy. He professed faith in Christ at the age of thirty-two, and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and remained a faithful member.
Comrade Stockburger was a citizen of Coryell County forty-nine years, and of Oglesby, Tex., for thirty years. He died there on February 22, 1924, at the age of eighty-three years and was tenderly laid to rest attended by a large family connections and many friends and acquaintances, who bore testimony to his many good traits of character.
He is survived by his wife, seven sons, and three daughters, also a brother, living near Cohutta, Ga.
Volume XXXIII, page 478, (1925)
Good Service.- W.L. Jackson, of Mangum, Okla., who will be eighty years old next May, writes that he joined Company G, 39th Georgia Regiment, before he was eighteen, in Gilmer County, Ga., and his last fight in infantry was at Missionary Ridge. "I then went home," he says, "and Lee Smith and I made up a cavalry company to put down all lawlessness on both sides sending all prisoners south with reports as we found them. Our headquarters were eight miles southeast of Ellijay, our county seat. Our company grew, and we surrendered over a thousand men at Kingston, Ga., in June after Lee's surrender at Appomattox. We had North Georgia under our command. Col. Samuel Ralston was elected colonel of our command, and there never was a braver man. I would like to hear from any of the old command or from any survivors of the six men we turned loose after capture. My address is 217 East Jefferson Street, Mangum, Okla."
Volume XXXVI, page 148, (1928)
The following is taken from an address on the life of Madison Lanier made by Adjutant H.C. Fallon at a meeting of Tom Green Camp, U.C.V., of Weatherford, Tex., on February 6:
Comrade Madison Lanier, who, on December 11, 1927, answered to the last roll call, was born in the State of Georgia, November 10, 1839. His youthful days and young manhood were spent on the farm, and he had received only the limited education as the common schools afforded at that time. When the War Between the States came on, he enlisted as a private in Company B, 39th Georgia Infantry, and his service was in the Western Army. Though his service was in a measure limited to activities within his own State, he was of that class and temper as a soldier which became the mainstay of the army. He took his place in battle line with his comrades and remained with them in victory or defeat, on the march or in camp, enduring with patience and fortitude the ills and sufferings of soldier life.
As a citizen, Comrade Lanier was without reproach; as a neighbor, the golden rule was his guide. He was a devout member of the Missionary Baptist Church, faithful, consistent, and tolerant in his views; as husband and father, he was true and devoted, kind and considerate; as a member of Tom Green Camp, U.C.V., he was truly loyal, taking a quiet interest in all of its affairs, and his presence is sadly missed.