Note: N13 J.B. Pritchett (First_Last) Regiment Name Cherokee Legion, Georgia (State Guards) Side Confederate Company F Soldier's Rank_In Private Soldier's Rank_Out Private Alternate Name Notes Film Number M226 roll 49
J B. Pritchett
Residence was not listed; Enlisted as a Private (date unknown). He mustered into "F" Co. GA Cherokee Legion Infantry (date and method of discharge not given) -- civilwardata.com
Household Record 1880 United States Census -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace Joseph B. PRITCHETT Self M Male W 32 VA Farm Julia M. PRITCHETT Wife M Female W 33 AR Keeping House VA VA Edgar M. PRITCHETT SSon S Male W 12 AR ME AR Robert B. PRITCHETT Son S Male W 4 AR VA AR Martha J. PRITCHETT Dau S Female W 2 AR VA AR Loucilla PRITCHETT Other S Female W 10M AR VA AR Nancy Simmons PRITCHETT Other M Female W 24 AR Laborer GER GER Milly Simmons PRITCHETT Dau S Fema Sarah Simmons PRITCHETT Dau S Female W 7M AR IN AR -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Source Information: Census Place Jefferson, Independence, Arkansas Family History Library Film 1254047 NA Film Number T9-0047 Page Number 123B
Pritchett, Joseph Bell: born August 29, 1847, in the little Village of Whitemel, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, about fifteen miles northwest of Danville. He joined Co F, Rusks Legion of GA Home Guards as Confederate reserves under General Iverson with his brother Frank in the spring of 1863 at 15 Ω years old. "Our term of service with that Legion ended the following winter. Frank was then sent by Confederate authorities to Andersonville, GA to guard Federal prisoners in that prison. He was there until the end of the war being mustered out from that place.
After leaving the Home Guards, I was enrolled with the Georgia Militia which was at first under the control of Governor Joseph E. Brown. My fighting service was rendered in opposing Sherman's March to the Sea. My regiment was stationed on the extreme right of our army at Rossell, GA, under Smith. We only stayed there a few days after which we were sent post haste to the extreme left of our Army about 50 miles, where we took position on the Western spurs of Kenesaw Mountain. In a few days Federal troops under Scofield turned our left flank and we were forced to retire, which we did skirmishing with them as we fell back on Atlanta. Just at this juncture, General Johnson was relieved and General hood placed in command. The next day, July 22, 1864, the Battle of Atlanta was fought resulting in the killing of the Federal Major General McPearson and driving the Yankees from our rear. After this we engaged in desultory fighting for about six weeks both day and night.
My regiment was in the neighborhood of my father's home. When I got home, my father and family were refugees and the country was full of stragglers, both Northern and Southern men and I was liable to be captured at any moment. I decided to resign my commission as Lieutenant in that organization and join the cavalry which was being raised in our country for house protection and scouting. My Colonel who sent me back home consented to this and from then to the end of the war, I served as Orderly Sergeant of those Cavalry Companies.
All the Confederate forces surrendered at Kingston, Georgia by Confederate General W.T. Woffard to Federal General H.M. Judah on May 12, 1865. At the close of the war I was not quite eighteen years of age. I took the necessary step to become a restored citizen of the United States taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States Government.
"No man can describe the pangs, the fears, the horrors or the tragedies soldiers experience in such trying times. Memories come to me now in my sleep of those terrible feelings and horrible scenes. I have lived through these nightmares and I am glad that I shall never have to retrace the road over which I have traveled."
Mr. Pritchett was Commander of the John B. Gordon Camp #1546 of Confederate Veterans, Seattle. -- UDC Robert E. Lee Chapter 885 Archives, Seattle, WA
-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 23, 1945, page 5, columns B,C
J. B. Pritchett Dies; Confederate Vet
Joseph Bell Pritchett, who wanted to live to be 100 and to see the boys come home from war, died yesterday, taking with him the state's last tie with the men who fought in Confederate gray more than 80 years ago.
Just short of his 98th birthday, Mr. Pritchett was a rebel to the end.
"He got acquainted with some of the G. A. R. men when he made a trip to Gettysburg in1938," his daughters recalled. "He was friendly enough and all that, but he never did have much in common with them."
Born August 29, 1847, in Pennsylvania[sic] County, Va., he was just 14 when the Yankees raided his father's tobacco fields in Georgia. He enlisted then, fought for two years as an orderly sergeant in the infantry and cavalry, saw the battle of Atlanta, and was mustered out at 16.
He was a business man after that, in Arkansas and Texas. He was twice married--in 1868 to Mrs. Julia Childress Carthel and in 1910 to Laura Estes--twice widowed and reared a family of seven children. Twenty-five years ago he came to Seattle, a city too young to have known the blue and the gray.
After the death of his second wife he went to live at the Masonic Home in Zenith and there his three daughters, Mrs. Dio Richardson and Miss Lucilla Pritchett of Seattle and Mrs. A. W. Tandy of Watson, Mo., came to visit him and there, each August, someone would give him a birthday party and he would look back across the years.
He kept a global map in his room and on it marked with pins the progress of Allied troups. In his last moments of consciousness he asked Mrs. Richardson "What is the news from the boys at the front?"
It was his sorrow that his offer of service on the home front in World War II could not be accepted.
But part of his heart always remained with the cause of his youth. He could never listen to "Marching Through Georgia"; his greatest treasure was a carefully preserved flag he kept always with him, the "Stars and Bars of Dixie."
On the occasion of his 94th birthday he remarked: "I don't yield to anyone in my love, devotion and loyalty to America. But if feeling a tender sentiment for the flag of our lost cause makes me an unreconstructed rebel, I guess I am one."
His funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Johnson and Hamilton chapel under auspices of St. John Lodge No. 9, F. and A. M., and afterwards his ashes and that treasured flag of Dixie will be buried together under the Confederate monument in Lake View Cemetery.
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