Shiloh Sketches

Written by Edna Liggin – January 1962

Some Shiloh Soldiers of the C. S. A.

Tabor, Robert J…

What a sad day it must have been for Elijah Tabor that August 18th, 1861 when he saw three of his sons leave for war! Robert, John and George, and maybe Tom L. While no record was found that could be certain he was the Tom Tabor from Shiloh, tradition has it Tom came home from the war and went to medical school. He did make a doctor and practiced in Minden where he lived until his death. He served as coroner in the 1890’s and would come to Farmerville where he advertised he could cure the opium habit for $15.00, guaranteed. Robert J. however is recorded as going into the same Co. E. 12th Inf. as his other two brothers and by May 10th, 1862 was elected sergeant. He, too, in 1863 went to Baker’s Creek with a detachment guarding Prisoners taking them to Vicksburg, and was caught in the grim siege there that ended the Fourth of July, 1863. After that he served under Gen. Johnson and was a prisoner of war when paroled May 2, 1865. His age was then given as 23 with eyes blue, hair dark, complexion fair, height five feet, 9 inches, resident Shiloh. He was to live until 1924, with his wife Josephine Bolton, giving decades of service in Shiloh church, challenging others to give themselves to God. He was an admirably soldier of the cross as well as of the Confederacy. Known as Capt. Tabor, scarred by an eye injury from the war, he also was active in working with the Confederate Veterans and lending them a helping hand as old age overtook the survivors. He is buried at Shiloh. A son, Starling Tabor, lives today at Shiloh.

White, John C B …

This 2nd Lt. was in Co. I., 5th La. Cavalry in Miss., then transferred to the 12th La. Inf.  He was paroled at Monroe June 20, 1865. He was married to Nanny Edmunds and his name is found in many old records of Shiloh. It is believed that he died not too many years after the war’s end, and Nancy or Nanny died in 1893. They are probably buried at Shiloh. A grandson, Oscar White lives at Shiloh today.

Wade, James T…

He was a private in Co. E., 12th La. Inf. enlisting in Feb. 1862, as of Shiloh and by June he was home sick, but went back in 1863 and was detailed as Ward Master in a hospital at Grenada, Miss. under Col. Scott. He was captured at Canton, Miss. July 16, 1863. Nothing is said of when he came home, but he was married to Martha Hopkins and as they had two children buried at Shiloh during the Civil War it must have been in the early 1860’s. Their land lay between Shiloh and Patrick, part of the old Hopkins’ place from Martha’s father James T. is buried at Shiloh, his tomb simply saying La. Inf. C.S.A.

Wade, Thomas J …

He had on his roll records as from Shiloh and he enlisted two days after James T. They may have been brothers. Thomas J. was detailed as wagon master in the hospital Jan. 2, 1863 and he too was captured at Canton, Miss., May 17th, 1863. He came back to Louisiana, but knowledge of him ends here.

Weldon, Bailey…

Here is another Union Parish resident who was in Co. E, 12th La. Inf. and he went on to war up into Tenn. and was captured at Franklin Nov. 30th, 1864, and was forwarded to military prison at Louisville, Ky., then to Nashville. The last transfer was to Camp Douglas, Ill. Dec. 6, 1864 with his discharge coming there June 18, 1865. However much action he saw, he spent many months up north in prison.




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