|United Daughters of the Confederacy
James B. Gordon Chapter #211
Forsyth County, NC
Chartered March 30, 1898
|Loving Memories Shared by Real Daughters
|Mrs. Daniel W. Early (Margaret Hyman) says there's no doubt what she remembers best about William Ashley
Hyman, her father. "His moustache! He had a big handlebar moustache, and he was a soft touch for anybody.
People would write him sad tales from all over, and he'd send them money."
When Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, her father was there. The surrender took place in a farmhouse and
outside, Hyman cut a piece of wood from an apple tree and whittled it down until it was "one-half the length of my little
finger." And, "Before nighfall, they (Confederate soldiers) had necklaces, brooches, rings, bracelets...anything you
could make out of a piece of wood."
Hyman kept that little sliver of wood "forever after," says his daughter. "It was in his picket when he died."
These biographical tid-bits were published in the Journal and Sentinel
April 28, 1974 by Lil Thompson.
Mrs. L.J. Hyatt (Susan Marion Stilwell) sits on the edge of the couch in her antique-filled apartment on Queen
Street and flicks through a copy of the letters her father wrote his first wife during the war. It's her dearest wish to get
the letters published. Her father, William Ross Stillwell, lost most of his right foot at Cedar Creek, Va., where he was
also taken prisoner. The operation, with no anesthesia, took place in a church, and as he lay on a makeshift operating
table, "He sang every verse of 'There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood.'" Stillwell returned to the war, and when it ended,
"He took a piece of leather and sewed him up something that he could put on his foot." Then, "He walked on a foot and
a half clear to Georgia.
Mrs. J.R. Fletcher (Katherine Broughton) at 96 still remembers her father always talking abouot the war..."He was
never reconstructed. He hated the Yankees right to the day of his death." Her father was John Jackson Broughton of
Fulton, SC and his horse "was shot from under him" near Richmond, but he wasn't hurt. "He talked so much about
Richmond that when I first went there I thought I was visiting a shrine." Northern soldiers burned down the family home
in South Carolina's low counry. "Feather beds...beautiful...they tore them up! They just let the feathers fly! My father
raised horses...the Yankees got 'em, every one.
Mrs. John Myers (Ada Leake) was always bothered that her father didn't have his hat when he had his picture made
in his uniform. James Austin Leake from Stokes County was hit i the foot with a minie ball o the first day of the
three-day battle at Gettysburg, and that minie ball, says his daughter, stayed there for 12 years, turning Leake into a
cripple. There was no such thing as X-ray then, so the minie ball couldn't be found. A later operation removed it. amd
Leake's grandson, Dr. Richard T. Myers, has it now.
Mrs. Roy Disher (Pearl Bohannon) remembers two things most vividly aout her father, Alexander Evans
Bohannon. "He never allowed us to put bread in the garbage can." The reason: Bohannon went for almost a week
without food during the war. "They finally found some sacks of hard bread or biscuits, and they had a picnic...He
always remembered that hard bread. It saved their lives." The other thing forever engraved in her memory: Her
father always broke down and wept when he talked about the war. It is easy to understand why. He was 14 when he
enlisted, and two years later bullets tore into his neck, chest and arm, and he nearly bled to death. "They thought he
was dead, and they took him to what was called The Dead and Dying House near a hospital on Sullivan's Island off
the South Carolina coast. He was moved into the hospital when they found that he still lived." Later, somewhat
recovered, Bohannon found himself in a wood, at or near Gettysburg, alone with a Northern soldier. "He was
shooting at my father, and my father ran behind a chimney (of a burned down house) and found a hole i the chimney
and shot through it and killed the soldier. He took his overcoat and scarf and put them on himself. He also took his
Bible, and we still have it. It broke his heart that he had to kill him." (Bohannon's mother learned of her sons injuries
and traveled to Charleston and brought him home and nursed him. Mrs. Disher was about 17 when her father died.)
Mrs. Thomas Kapp (Annie B. Bynum) says her "Papa never did like to talk about the war." But Zachary Taylor
Bynum was asked, shortly before his death at 80, to write down a few things. He did, on a single sheet of paper, and
this is part of what he wrote:
"When I left home...I took a colored boy...he begged my mother to let him go with me and he was always faithful
doing my cooking and washing when rations were scarce, he went out at night captured chickens and gathered corn
where horses had been fed. This boy stayed with me and returned home with me."
When Bynum came home, his mother had him de-fleaed and de-loused by one of the servants before she let him in
Mrs. Dewey Sloan (Irma Gough) is a bustling wife and grandmother, who loves needlepoint and showing off the
painting of her house on Konnoak Drive which was done by her granddaughter. She is the kind of grandmother who
bakes a bunch of cookies on Fridays so they'll be there for the grandchildren when they visit over the weekend.
She's pretty sure her father, Martin Franklin Gough fudged on his age when he enlisted, calling himself 20 when he
was really 17. He was wounded, and the shrapnel wounds which partly severed the tendons beneath each knee left
him with a life-long walking problem. Mrs. Sloan remembers his talking about food---or the lack of it. "He said they'd
cook a big pot of white beans for the evening meal. Overnight, what was left would kind of freeze, and the next morning
they'd take a knife and cut the beans into slices and fry them for breakfast." Once, she says, her father and some
friends went into a cornfield, shucked the ears and ate the corn raw, they were that hungry. A farmer standing there,
tears rolling down his face, told them, "That was the food for my family for the winter."
Mrs. H.S. Stokes (Eloise Brown) remembers her father Henry Alfred Brown, who joined the army at 16. "After
he'd been in some fierce battle, he promised the Lord that if he was spared, he'd give the rest of his life to Him". And
he did. Brown became a Baptist minister, was pastor of First Baptist Church here for more than 40 years, and before
his death at 83 had organized a number of churches in the area.
Mr. R.L. Walker can remember the history of his father Pvt. John W. Walker entered the war the 28th of February,
1862. He was paroled from prison in March of 1865. He was captured at Gettysburg while hiding ouot in an old barn
with 10 comrades. After running out of ammunition and rations, "one poked his head out" on his way to get some
water from a spring, an act which turned out to be a mistake. They were all captured. In prison, Walker caught
smallpox. When he recovered he was "forced to wait on others as an attendant in 'the pest house'", a place for
Frank Poindexter's father, Alexander R. Poindexter, was elderly when Frank was born. But he remembers him
talking about the war with his friends. He especially remembers hearing about The Wilderness, the bloody battle
fought in a tangle of trees and undergrowth in Virginia. His father would tell how Gen. Jubal Early, preparing for a
charge, said to his men, "Give them hellfire and damnation!" And then, Gen. Lee, riding close to where Poindexter
stood, ordered the charge stopped. "It means nothing but the useless loss of life," Lee said. Another thing happened
in The Wilderness. Alexander Poindexter, called Sandy was with a friend named Pierce Kirk. They were shooting
from behind trees and stumps, and at one point Kirk "raised up to load his gun," and was hit in the chest. He threw
down his gun, lifted up his arms and cried, "Oh, Lord God, Sandy, I'm killed!" Sandy reached in his friend's jacket and
pulled out the bullet.
Mrs. D.K. Helsabeck (Bessie McKay) was only 2 1/2 years old when her father, John Archibald McKay died.
Before the war he ran a general store in Red Springs and "would fill up a wheelbarrow and haul things out to poor
people himself." This may have been partly a result of the hunger he had felt and seen during the war. Someone
told her that "he was terribly thin when he came out."
Miss Caroline Leinbach shared a photograph of her father, Julius A. Leinbach, and his fellow band members in
the 26th Regimental Band from Salem. Pvt. Leinbach was 30 then, when the band was on furlough in 1862. The
band's job, says Miss Leinbach, was "to enliven the troops and assist the surgeons. Often they didn't have any
morphine." Her father wasn't hurt at Gettysburg, but on the way home he was captured and taken to Point Lookout in
Maryland where he spent three miserabale months in prison. He talked little of the war, but he did write about it, and
a few excerpts from his writings tell what prison was like: "Our instruments were taken from us and then seemed to be
the bitterest experience of all....We soon learned what poverty, misery, helplessness and dependence meant. Dirt
and filth....Scarcely any opportunity to wash either our persons or clothing...our condition was a near that of brutes as
could well be imagined."
Katherine Goggans Andrews remembers her father, (Capt. D.P. Goggans, 1st South Carolina, Co B.) was
wounded at Gettysburg and limped. He had a false leg. I was a little girl when he died. He called all us children
around the bed for a prayer before he was taken to the veterans' hospital in Columbia where he died." "He was a
well-educated man and a captain in Robert E. Lee's army and wounded at Gettysburg." "He had a little Bible in his
vest picket at Gettysburg, and it got lost. It had his name and address in it, and a man from South Carolina found it,
and mailed it back to him."
Mrs. Andres grew up in Laurens, SC . See Photograph
Article from Winston-Salem Journal, March 3, 1991