Memorial to the Confederate Dead of Adams County
September 24th, 1923
RESOLVED BY CAMP NO. 20 UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS
OF ADAMS COUNTY MISSISSIPPI.
On the 25th day of April 1890, the Adams Light Infantry, a military
organization, organized in the County of Adams, State of Mississippi, commanded
by Capt. T. Otis Baker, Confederate Veteran, did publish a memorial to
the Confederate dead of Adams County Mississippi, and compiled a roll of
all the companies of Confederate Soldiers that were organized in Adams
County, giving a detailed history of the battles these companies were engaged
in, and the number killed, wounded and missing, and other valuable data,
concerning them; and
This valuable Memorial ought to be preserved for the benefit of history
as well as succeeding generations of the decendents of these soldiers;
The pamphlet containing this memorial is exceedingly frail and perishable;
and but few copies are left; and in a few years those few will be out of
print and out of existence;
NOW, THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED:
That it is the opinion of Camp No. 20 that this memorial should be recorded
in one of the deed record books of Adams County, Mississippi, now on file
in the office of the chancery clerk of said county, which would not only
guarantee it's preservation but it's conspicousness; and that one of the
copies of said memorial be deposited in the city vault, with the request
to present and future custodians of said vault, never, never to premit
it's removal therefrom.
(SIGNED) John F. Jenkins
Beatrice G. Perrault Commander
Pres. Natchez Chap. U.D.C. Theo. L. Bauer
Norma Grillo Mrs. Paul Kaiser Adjutant
Mrs. Jno. W. Foggo Katrina A. Perrault Oliver N. Wildes
Isabelle M. Perrault Mrs. E.A. Scudamore E.W. Black. Natchez, Mississippi
September 27, 1923
HON. L. R. MARTIN S. O. V.
CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER OF THE U. C. V. RE-UNION FUND OF 1923
We respectfully request that you appropiate the sum of $25.00 for the
purpose of recording the Memorial to the Confederate Dead, published and
edited by the Adams Light Infantry of Natchez, on April 25, 1890; and we
are enclosing a copy of the resolution of Camp No. 20 which is self-explanatory.
Very truly yours,
Beatrice G. Perrault John F. Jenkins
Pres. Nat. Chap. U.D.C. Theo. L. Bauer
Norma Grillo Oliver N. Wilds
Mrs. Paul Kaiser E.W. Black
Katrina A. Perrault J.N. Carpenter
Isabell M. Perrault Mrs. E.A. Ssudamore
State of Mississippi,
County of Adams.
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority in and for
said county and state, John F. Jenkins and Theo. L. Bauer, who acknowledged
that they signed and delivered the foregoing instrument of writing on the
day and year therein mentioned as their voluntary act and deed.
Given under my hand and the seal of said court, this the 15th day of
October A.D. 1923.
(seal) Frank V. Eisele
Clerk Exhibit "A"
Memorial Souvenir Adams Light Infantry.
Natchez, Miss. April 26, 1890
SEVERAL MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS
which entered the service of the
CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
CITY OF NATCHEZ AND ADAMS COUNTY
Compiled from the Archives of
---- THE ADAMS LIGHT INFANTRY ---
A COMPLETE ROLL OF THE LATTER COMPANY
from the date of organization to
the present time.
Private JOHN HARPER Private GEO. T. REHM
Lieut. JNO. A. DICKS
TO THE MEMORY
Natchez and Adams County
THAT HOST OF OTHER HEROES OF THE
WHO, WITH THEM, HAVE PASSED OVER THE RIVER.
IS PIOUSLY INSCRIBED
ADAMS LIGHT INFANTRY.
"They slumber - and the strangers' tread
may spurn their country's noble dead;
Yet on the land they loved so well
still shall their burning spirit dwell
Their deeds shall hallow ministrel's theme,
Their image rise on warriors dream,
Their name the inspiration's breath,
Kindling high hope and scorn of death,
Till bursts immortal from the tomb,
The flame that shall avenge their doom."
In the year 1876, many of the survivors of the various military companies
which had been furnished to the Confederate Army, by this city and county,
with a number of emulous and patriotic young men, who had arrived at maturity
since the close of the late Civil war, became convinced that the formation
of a military company was necessary in order to over-awe seditious persons
and secure the perpetuity of that domestic tranquility which had so signally
marked the relations of the two races in this comunity, but which had been
so seriously threatened in other locations of the south, and, accordingly,
on the 3rd day of June, of that year, met and organized the Adams Light
The primary purpose of the organization being assured and the members
having discovered in recounting their reminiscences that many historical
events of intrest to this people were fast fading into forgetfulness, and
that even the name and fate of many of their comrades were fading from
memory, and would be lost to succeeding generations, sought as a further
object to rescue from oblivion the historic annals of this city and county
particularly those relating to the era of the late war. Having obtained
from the late Judge Joseph D. Shields the preparation of an address embodying
an epitone of the history of Adams county, from the date of it's first
settlement, which was delivered before the company and a large concourse
of citizens at the Institute Hall on the 4th day of July, A. D. 1876. The
following committee was appointed to prepare and report complete rolls
of the several predecessors of the Adams Light Infantry, namely: -
John S. Holt representing the Quitman Light Artillery
W. H. Wilson " " Natchez Fencibles
E. J. Perrault " " Adams Light Guard (Co.I)
F. J. Arrighi " " Adams Light Guard (Co.D)
T.A. Henderson " " Adams Troup
C.W. Babbitt " " Natchez Rifles
W.G. Benbrook " " Natchez Light Infantry
S.A. Mason " " Natchez Southrons
G.A. Bahin " " Conner Battery
S.W. Stanton " " Breckinridge Guards
Hugh McGinty " " Binghman Rangers
K.P. Lanneau " " Tom Weldon Rebels
H. Steitenroth " " English Battery
T. Otis Baker, Chairman.
Subsequently, there was obtained through the assistance of one of our
citizens, Mr. Patrick Burns, a survivor, a list of a squad which was recruited
in Natchez, but became a component part of one of the companies of Miles
Legion, commanded originally by Capt. Lynn and afterwards by Capt. James
O'Neil, both of this city.
A complete list of the many persons who entered the service individually
and served on the staff or in other than Mississippi comands could not
be obtained which is very much to be regretted but an enumeration of such
names as could be recalled will be found under the head of "Miscellaneous."
The result of the labors is now, after the lapse of more than a decade,
given to the public for the first time in this little volume and it is
hoped that the reception of this modest contribution to our local history
may be such as to justify the publication by the company at some future
day the more extensive work of Judge Shields.
It is impossible that no errors should occur in a work of this kind
and it is to be desired that any inaccuracies or omissions that may be
detected by any of our readers may be reported to the company at once that
the proper corrections be made.
MEMORIAL SOUVENIR COMMITTEE
NATCHEZ, MISS. APRIL 25TH, 1890.