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Culpepper, Francis Marion
Age at Enlistment: 28
Enlisted 28 Apr 1862 by Captain Hamner at Camp Johnson (then near Daviston AL) in Captain L.P. Hamner’s Company of Volunteers (later Co B); Appears on Muster Roll of Co B of 37th AL CSA dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; Died in service of measles at Columbus MS 25 July 1862; Circumstances of his death recorded at the time by Private Benjamin Milam of Company B in a letter home to his sweetheart "Miss Francis", published by Gerald Golden in FRIENDS OF THE 37th ALABAMA newsletter, and reprinted here with permission:
"Kind Miss, I now take the opportunity on seating myself to drop you a few lines to let you know how I am getting along. I am well at this time an hoping these lines come to find you all well ... I will tell you something of the helth of the company. This companys got 75 on the sick list but we hav not lost but one an that was F.M Culpper. He dide July the 25th ..."Requisition for "one coffin" for Pvt. F.M. Culpepper at Columbus MS dated 25 July 1862 signed by J O Davis, Lieut/commanding company and C P Rogers/asst quartermaster; Claim for deceased soldier refiled 4 Aug 1863 by widow Elizabeth E.B. Culpeper (originally filed 18 Dec 1862 and lost) (Claim verified 8 Aug 1864) left a one-year-old son, Charles Capers Culpepper; Claim paid 18 Dec 1863 for $56.98 plus $50.00 bounty for two months and 27 days service/less $17.35 clothing allowance owed to CSA signed by Jas H Johnson, Lieut/commanding company at Camp Rodgers MS; Described on claim payment as 28 years old (at death), 5’9" tall with fair complexion and gray eyes with light hair and farmer by occupation; From near Wadley, Randolph County AL; Brother of John Malcolm Culpepper (Co. B); brother of William Araspes Culpepper (Co. B); 1st Cousin to brothers Robert J and William Washington Culpepper (both Co. B); Born 7 March 1834 at Upson County GA, married Elizabeth Emory B. Haralson 18 Dec 1855 at Troup County GA
Culpepper, John Malcolm
Age at Enlistment: 27 (34) Enlisted 28 Apr 1862 by Captain Hamner at Camp Johnson (then near Daviston AL) in Captain L.P. Hamner’s Company of Volunteers (later Co B) "For Three Years or The War"; Appears on Muster Roll of Co B of 37th AL CSA on 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL (with age incorrectly noted as 34); Mentioned in the letter of W.A. Stephens to his wife dated 13 April 1863 at Chickasaw Bayou, near Vicksburg MS:
" ... Susan I for got to tel B R that John Culpeper got to his Regiment the 37 was stationed in 6 mils of us when he come he landed hear a bout the 27 of March  thear Regiment is gon now up a bout Greenwood [Mississippi] that is some 200 mils a bove this ..." Signed his parole in the field at Vicksburg on 9 July 1863 as a Private of Co B of the 37th AL Infantry CSA; Present at Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain and detailed to draw cannon onto Missionary Ridge using cable rope; In an interview after May 1913 (possibly from the Sulphur Springs TX GAZETTE) he described the following:
" ... I enlisted as a Confederate soldier in 1862. My regiment, 37th Alabama, was organized at Orbon (read Auburn), James F. Dowdal, Colonel, and Alec Greene, Lieutenant Colonel, of Lafayette, Alabama. Was in the forty-eight day siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi and surrendered July 5, 1863. After we were exchanged, our company was reorganized at Demopolis, Alabama; then went to North Georgia and went into winter quarters. Culpepper signed various clothing rolls in Jan, Feb and April 1864; Among several members of Company B mentioned in letter of David M. Denney dated 24 Aug 1864 as being present in the trenches at Atlanta GA:
Our brigade went on Lookout Mountain, Nov 24, engaged in that fight, which was in and above the clouds. The next day formed a line of battle on Missionary Ridge, had a hot fight on the Ridge. Two of my comrades were killed, Ervin Blanks and John Rodney. We had to retreat, so we just left the two lying there.
I went to the reunion at Chattanooga in May (note: the Chattanooga TN Confederate Reunion was held in May 1913), so that I could take an inventory of the mountain and Missionary Ridge, also Chickamauga Park. I found quite a change wrought indeed, but the cannon which I was on detail to help draw upon the mountain, by means of a cable rope, is still there on exhibit.
Chattanooga treated the Confederates fine, gave us good tents, bunks, water, and plenty to eat. There were only two of my comrades there, out of 153, all gone to their home. The rest will soon follow.
I have been invited to the reunion at Jacksonville, Florida, by a nephew who lives at that place. If I can save up the means I will go. If any of the members of my company see this, will be glad to hear from them." (FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PULLING CANNON UP A MOUNTAIN SEE RECORD OF BENJAMIN F. McPHERSON - CO I)
Mr. Carter [likely John C. Carter] is gone to the hospital. He was pretty sick when he left. I have not heard from him in some time. Billy Bishop has returned to the hospital. He has the mumps. Billy Smith has returned to the Command again. Tell Bop that Archy is all right [most likely a reference to Archibald Jennings]. Edney Foster the same [possible reference to family member of John T. Foster]. John & Willy Culpeper, John Danielly, Orderley Stricklin [First Sgt/"Orderly Sgt" Thomas J. Strickland], Jas. Robertson and in fact all the boys are in pretty good health. J J Fuller is rather porly.From near Wadley, Randolph County AL; 5’ 11" tall with blue eyes and farmer by occupation; Postwar removed to Jefferson (part now Grant) County AR by mid 1880s, then on to Hopkins County TX; Born 13 Oct 1835 at Upson County GA; Brother of Francis M Culpepper and William A Culpepper (both Co B); 1st Cousin to brothers William W and Robert J Culpepper (also both Co B); Married Sarah Ann Elizabeth Stephens 25 Dec 1856; Postwar member of Matt Ashcroft Camp, U.C.V. at Sulphur Springs, TX; Died 10 Jan 1927 at Sulphur Springs TX and buried at Pine Forest, Hopkins County TX; His obituary from the January 1927 Hopkins County, Texas, Echo:
"BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE PAID TO UNCLE JOHN CULPEPPER Commemorative SCV Confederate Marker placed at grave on 30 Apr 2000 is inscribed "John Malcolm Culpepper / Private., Co B, 37th AL Inf CSA."
John M. Culpepper was born in Upson County, Georgia, October 13, 1835. Was married to Miss Sarah Stephens December 25, 1856. To this union were born nine children, six of who are still living. He was a soldier in the Civil War, fighting for the South.
In the year 1892, he, with his family, moved to Texas, locating in the eastern part of Hopkins county, where he remained till the time of his death, his wife having died several years ago. After her death he made his home among his children and grandchildren. Early in life he professed religion and became a member of the Methodist church and ever remained true to the cause of Christianity.
“Uncle Johnnie,” as so many called him, held a wonderful health record. In all his long life, a physician had never attended his bedside until some three months ago when his health became impaired and even from then on his vitality was very remarkable; he not being confined to his bed much of the time. But all things of an earthly nature must perish, and the old temple of clay had to crumble. On the morning of January 10, 1927, at the home of his grandson, Thomas Culpepper, after everything had been done that earthly hands could do to prolong his life, his spirit took flight and the following day at 2 p.m. his remains were interred in Pine Forest cemetery. Rev. J.S. Hughes of Saltillo conducted the funeral services followed by the rites of the Masonic fraternity.
The following children survive him. Billy and Dan Culpepper, Mrs. J.C. Bradford, Mrs. Ed Minter of Pine Forest community, Mrs. G.F. Hill of Seagraves, Texas, and C.C. Culpepper of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, besides a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. He was a friend to everyone who came in touch with his life, and if he ever had an enemy this writer has never heard of it. No pen of ours can portray the beautiful life that he lived. The world sustains an irreparable loss when a character like his is gone. Truly he belongs to the class who are fittingly termed “the salt of the earth.” His always patient, sunny disposition was indeed an inspiration to those about him. Altho he reached the ripe old age of 91 years, one month and 28 days, yet his heart always remained young, and it was always a treat to his kinfolk and friends to have him in their home. The Christian religion was a reality to him, affording him unbounded peace in life and solid comfort in death. In by-gone days, before it became a custom for men to carry “everything to law,” he was known as a peace-maker in his community, often being called upon to arbitrate matters between his neighbors, often restoring friendship and good-will among his fellowmen. We remember, Christ himself said: “Blessed are the peace-makers for they shall be called the children of God.”
Uncle Johnnie attended several of the Confederate reunions, and it was always a treat to him to meet the “boys in grey.”
For the past several years it has been the custom of his children to pay him a special homage on his birthday anniversaries by holding a family reunion in which scores of his kindred and friends always participated and he always enjoyed those occasions to the fullest extent.
But now this old soldier, the earth-worn pilgrim, has left the ranks of his fellowmen to attend a never-ending reunion in the home where the eye never grows dim, not the ear dull of hearing, nor the body old and bent. Yes, indeed, he “rests from his labors, and his works do follow him.”
May God’s blessings be upon the friends and loved ones he has left behind, is the prayer of ONE WHO KNEW HIM WELL."
Culpepper, Robert Jefferson ("Jeff")
Company B & C
Age at Enlistment: 32 (28)
Enlisted 15 March 1862 by Captain Hamner at Daviston AL in Captain L.P. Hamner’s Company of Volunteers (later Co B); Appears on Muster Roll of Co B of 37th AL CSA on 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL (with age incorrectly shown as 28); Signed his parole in the field at Vicksburg MS on 9 July 1863 as a Private of Company B of the 37th AL Infantry CSA; Served extra duty at Dalton GA winter encampment as a Teamster for Co B in Jan - Feb 1864; Paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of Consolidated 37th AL CSA Company B; Made a Personal Statement to Census, Tax Assessor of Marshall County AL in 1907 stating enlistement as 15 April 1862 and Address (1907) Albertville AL; Alabama Confederate Pension No. 4554 recorded at Marshall County AL, pension application witnessed by W.J. Ponder and Wm Bishop (both Co B); Witnessed the Confederate Pension application of his brother William Washington Culpepper along with W.J. Ponder; Brother to William W Culpepper (Co B); 1st Cousin to brothers John M, Francis M, and William A Culpepper (all of Co B); Born 2 July 1830; Died 10 Dec 1919; Buried in Corinth Cemetery at Joppa, Cullman County AL, marker is designated with a "Southern Cross of Honor" also described as "... a war emblem by his tomb shaped like a 3 or 4 leaf clover, made of iron or steel. He had a pocket watch with a chain & watch fob looked like the iron emblem at his grave..."
Culpepper, William Araspes
Age at Enlistment: 23 (28)
Enlisted 28 Apr 1862 at Camp Johnson (near Daviston AL) by Captain Hamner in Captain L.P. Hamner’s Company of Volunteers (later Company B) for "Three Years or The War"; Appears on Muster Roll of Company B of 37th AL CSA on 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; WIA/POW at Iuka MS and exchanged; Served as nurse in General Hospital at Lauderdale Springs MS from 19 Sep - 22 Oct 1862 and paid $8.25 for extra duty; Hospitalized 28 Apr 1863 in General Hospital for March and April, and remained in the care of the Hospital - then in a private home until Dec 1863; Among several members of Company B mentioned in letter of David M. Denney dated 24 Aug 1864 as being present in the trenches at Atlanta GA:
Mr. Carter [likely John C. Carter] is gone to the hospital. He was pretty sick when he left. I have not heard from him in some time. Billy Bishop has returned to the hospital. He has the mumps. Billy Smith has returned to the Command again. Tell Bop that Archy is all right [most likely a reference to Archibald Jennings]. Edney Foster the same [possible reference to family member of John T. Foster]. John & Willy Culpeper, John Danielly, Orderley Stricklin [First Sgt/"Orderly Sgt" Thomas J. Strickland], Jas. Robertson and in fact all the boys are in pretty good health. J J Fuller is rather porly. Hospitalized at Greenville AL and appears in Army Argus and Crisis, Mobile AL (Weekly Hospital Report) dated 26 Nov 1864 with notation "Transferred since last report to Montgomery, from Greenville, Ala, Hospital"; Hospitalized and Discharged in 1865 at Lauderdale MS; Alabama Confederate Pension No. 21326 recorded at Randolph Co AL application of Zilla A Culpepper, widow, witnessed by W.A.C. Busbee and T.E. Stone (no record of either man with 37th AL found); Witnessed the Confederate Pension application of Mrs. A.G. Dunson, widow of James M. Dunson (Co B); Brother of John M and Francis M Culpepper (both Co B); 1st Cousin to brothers Robert J and William W Culpepper (both Co B); Born 10 Oct 1839, married Zilla Ann Barron 10 Oct 1860 at Randolph Co AL; Died 8 July 1912 at Wadley, Randolph Co AL and buried there
Culpepper, William Washington
Age at Enlistment: 26 (28)
Enlisted May 1862 at Camp Johnson (near Daviston) AL by Captain Hamner in Captain L.P. Hamner’s Company of Volunteers (later Co B); Appears on Muster Roll of Co B of 37th AL CSA dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL - his 28th birthday; "First entered service" 14 June 1862 at Auburn AL (according to 1907 census of Confederate soldiers); Signed his parole in the field at Vicksburg MS on 9 July 1863 as a Private of Co B of the 37th AL Infantry CSA; Discharged at Washington GA at close of war; Made a Personal Statement to the Census Tax Assessor of Marshall County AL in 1907; Alabama Confederate Pension No. 16218 recorded at Marshall County AL and application witnessed by R.J. Culpepper and W.J. Ponder (both Co B); Brother of Robert J Culpepper (Co B); 1st Cousin to brothers John M, Francis M, and William A Culpepper (all Co B); Born 13 May 1834 at Upson County GA; Post-war resided at Albertville, AL in 1907; Died 2 March 1918; Buried at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Albertville, Marshall Co AL
Culpepper, William Wesley
Enlisted (Conscripted?) in 1864 at Jones Hill AL as Private in Co A, 37th AL CSA and "continued until close of war; never discharged"; Living (1907) at Houston Co AL; Buried in Culpepper Cemetery, Henry Co AL; Son of James Henry and Delithia Culpepper
Cummings, R B
Age at Enlistment: 29
Enlisted 18 March 1862 at Greenville AL; Appears on Muster Roll of Co A dated 13 May 1862 at Opelika AL
CURBY -- see Kerby
Curington (Currington/Currenton), Dock
Age at Enlistment: 32
Enlisted 3 Apr 1862 at Leon AL; Appears on Muster Roll of Company C dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL with notation "Discharged By Substituting Joseph Bryan"; Son-in-law of Joseph F. Bryan (Co C) who served as his substitute; Brother-in-Law to Henry C Bryan (Co C); Married Virginia Bryan
Curington (Currington/Currenton), Marion J (sic W I)
Age at Enlistment: 20
Enlisted 24 March 1862 at Leon AL; WIA seriously at Vicksburg MS on 3 May 1863 and signed his parole with X while Hospitalized there on 16 July 1863 as a Sergeant of Co C of the 37th AL Infantry CSA; Hospitalized at Enterprise MS (Hospital) on 18 Sep 1863; Appears on Payroll dated 31 Oct 1863 at Montgomery AL with notation "Absent wounded, without leave" since 23 Aug 1863; Alabama Confederate Pension No. 1885 recorded at Covington Co AL and application witnessed by W.F. Bryan and T.L. Merrill; According to Personal Statement made to Census Tax Assessor, Crenshaw County AL in 1907 "Wounded at Vicksburg... Lost right arm at Elba, Alabama"; Address (1907) Rutledge, Alabama RFD #1; Discharged due to wounds on 15 Dec 1863; Born 9 July 1842
Curry, J P
Buried in Forest Academy Cemetery, Hopkins Co TX; 8 Dec 1844-25 Feb 1909
Curtis, F A ("Gus" - Augustus?)
Age at Enlistment: 27
Enlisted 17 March 1862 in Co K of 42nd AL CSA (also 29 Apr 1862 at Troy, Pike County AL in unknown company/regiment); Appears on Muster Roll of Co K of 37th AL CSA dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; Appears on Payroll dated 30 April 1863 at Vicksburg MS; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 9 July 1863; Appears on Payroll dated 30 April 1864 at Dalton GA; Paroled at Greensboro NC on 1 May 1865 as part of Consolidated 37th AL CSA Co K; Presumably the "Gus" (Augustus?) Curtis of Company K mentioned as having "died at home" in 1902 letter of A.J. Bryan (Co\ K); Alabama Confederate Pension No. 39098 recorded at Montgomery Co AL and application of Mrs. M.E. Curtis, widow of F.A. Curtis, witnessed by J.J. Goolsby and M.V. Gibson
Curtis, Robert C ("Cum"?)
Private-Orderly Sergeant-1st Sergeant
Age at Enlistment: 29
Enlisted 17 March 1862 at Spring Hill AL; Appears on Muster Roll of Co K dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL as Private; Appears on Payroll dated 30 April 1863 at Vicksburg MS as Private; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 9 July 1863; Appears on Payroll dated 30 April 1864 at Dalton GA as Orderly Sergeant; Paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Company K as 1st Sergeant; Presumably the "Cum" (only man of surname with an initial C in his name) Curtis mentioned as having "died at home" in 1902 letter of A.J. Bryan (Co K)
Curtis, T N
WIA in an unknown action during the Atlanta Campaign and Hospitalized at Montgomery AL; Name, Rank and Company affiliation appears on a clipping from an unidentified Alabama newspaper in "Mrs M L Kirkpatrick’s scrapbook" vol ii, p 157 in the Alabama Archives
Cuthbert, L (Culbreth, Larkin?)
Paid $19.80 on 12 Dec 1863 for 60 days of commutation of rations at 33 cents per day (PROBABLY SAME MAN AS LARKIN CULBRAITH/CULBREATH also of CO K)
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