Posted By:Jane Ries
Subject:Book on Madison Co.,AL re: Southern Union Man
Post Date:September 24, 2004 at 23:09:54
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My ggrandmother wrote a book called "Memories of the Sunny South 1861-1862-1863. It is told from her perspective as well as her father's. He was a Southern Union man conscripted into the Confederate Army against his will. It is very interesting and gives his reasons why he became a Lincolnite. Many of the men in the 1st Alabama USA were his friends and neighbors and many of them relocated to Effingham Co., Illinois during the war and after. I'm doing a presentation in October to our local historical society based on the Southern Union man and the journey north to Illinois from my ancestors' perspective. My ancestor was James Wiley and he was conscripted into the Madison Co. Home Guard which became part of the 2nd Confederate which later became the 55th Alabama CSA. This is also known as one of the "Lost Units" because it was constantly being reformed. Ken Jones from Tarleton University helped me track down James Wiley. My gggrandfather told of his experiences during those war years to his daughter. She added her views as a child growing up during the war and published the book in 1933. A relative recently put the book into Word so he could share it with his children. I would be glad to share info from the book with anyone interested. He went through the Battle of Shiloh. It is really a very interesting and informative book.
Jane Ries