|33rd Arkansas Infantry (CSA) |
|Name: James Sanders Butler||Rank: Private ||Company: K|
The following is an autobiographical sketch by James Sanders Butler:
Old Timer Give History
by J.S. Butler
To The Messenger
Will give you a little sketch of my life. I now live on route 5 out of Quinlan, I was born in 1844 in Itawamba county, Mississippi and move the same year to Arkansas, 25 miles east of Camden which was a very small village at that time, but is now quite a city with the Cotton Belt Railway passing through.
I was reared in Calhoun County Arkansas--Now ? . Entered the Confederacy from same county at the age of 17 years. Weighed 85 pounds. Bankford was my captain, Company K, Gridtesda regiment, and Tappan's brigade,
Church Hill Division. Took winter quarters at several places, was ordered to meet Genl. Bank's who was marching thorough Louisiana to Shreveport. Met him at Mansfield with a hearty reception of shot and shell. Walkers division doing the hardest fighting in the engagement.
My command was then ordered to double quick to Pleasant Hill where another hearty reception resulted in his retreat to Gun Boats ? Red River. We captured one thousand to fifteen hundred federal soldiers and that was about the only pleasant feature of Pleasant Hill on day of battle. General Walker's division entitled to the greatest praise.
We were then ordered to Camden to meet Genl. Steel who held the village and were thrown in battle line a mile west of Camden and threw bomb shells and cannon balls into the town.
Genl. Steel retreated to Little Rock and we overtook him the second day at Saline River, Jenkins ferry and a hard fought battle followed in which my Colonel and my Captain were both killed. I was beside by Colonel when he fell and a braver man never lived. His words were 'Charge them Boys!'
My regiment entered the battle as front guard and our losses were heavy. Our Lieutenant Colonel Thompson ordered 'retreat in good order' and if this retreat was good order, I don't know what they would call bad. My whole company was almost killed or wounded, myself being among the wounded, loosing two fingers and also my knap sack was shot off my back, the strap? being cut by a bullet, and a bullet went through my hat taking a whisp of hair. We then fell back with our command and moved on again driving Steel across the river toward Little Rock.
We were ordered back to Shreveport and were paroled out at Marshall, Texas and returned to our wasted homes.
In 1874 moved to Texas settling five miles south of Greenville on the Old Dock Galbraith place. I was acquainted with all the old timers near Greenville such men as David Shinson, father S. D. Shinson of Greenville, Wylie SoRoalle, Uncle Billie Horn, M..H. Wright, familiarly know as McWright.
Greenville was a small village no railroad, telephone or radio in those days. I knew the cattle brands of many of the old timers such as Glint Oldham, D. B. Tomking's, Sell Arnold's brand ? Dick Oldham, I.D. and Jackson's brand was bow and arrow and old man Blocks brand Blok. Could name many old timers but not necessary
Note: The original has been lost. This is a copy which has been handed down in our family. Some parts are unclear. I did the best I could to make out those parts.
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