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Re: Joanna McGehee Brixey
Posted by: Sharon Date: May 31, 2001 at 19:23:52
In Reply to: Re: Joanna McGehee Brixey by Gene Johnson of 113

Thought you'd find this article interesting on Calvin Brixey.

"A band of deserters and desperados roamed this area during the Civil War under the leadership of Calvin Brixey who was originally from Manchester, TN, where his mother, Joanna Brixey, ran a boarding house.

Brixey, a one time member of the 16th TN Confederate Infantry, joined the Union Army and received a commission. In time he became a renegade and a bushwacker. "Brixey admitted to killing men all over middle Tennessee on grounds that they were spies, southern sypathizers, Confederate recruiters, and guerillas." Union officers tried to restrain him and finally arrested Brixey 4 Jun 1864; however, by 21 Jul, he was out of military prison.

Lenora Burnett Payne recalls hearing older members of her family talk of the times they gathered up their chickens and took them to the attic so that the Brixeyites, followers of Brixey, wouldn't steal or kill them. Others remember that their cows were taken into the woods and tied to trees so that they wouldn't be discovered and taken or killed by the Brixeyites.

One local man, Spunky Bill Layne, is said to have ridden with Cal Brixey. Needless to say, he became very unpopular in this vicinity. In fact he was about to be hanged at the point on Cox Ridge near Billy Gilliam's house but his kin who lived nearby begged that he be spared. He wasn't hanged but became a despised man even by his own family.

It is not really known how Calvin Brixey died, but some say that civilian authorities hanged him at Murfreesboro."

I have another newspaper article about him, that you can find here:

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