|Posted By:||Douglas Duggar|
|Subject:||Re: Souther Union officers|
|Post Date:||September 19, 2006 at 06:51:57|
|Forum:||Southern Unionist Forum|
One of my ancestors, Hugh Lawson White Roulston, was as Colonel in the Pennsylvania regiment. His home is on the Alabama/Tennessee border, in fact, the house still stand, though in pretty bad shape and the border of Tennessee & Alabama split the bed room from the living room. He enlisted in the Confederacy, but his mother "would not let him destroy, what his grand father (James Roulston, Colonel with Andrew Jackson, in charge of the Tennessee Regiment at the Battle of New Orleans) had fought so hard to build" and that was this country. So, he went north and enlisted in PA, where he eventually commanded a regiment, the 9th Pennsylvania, which placed a marker on his head stone after he died. His brother, Jughead, as he was known also fougth with him as a LT. There are letters in the archives from both of them, imploring their commanding general to help their families in the area due to southern symathizers, trying to burn them out.
Keep in mind, East Tennessee wanted to split from the rest of Tennessee, similar to what happen in Virginia and align themselves with the north. There were very few slave owners in East Tennessee and their alligence was not with Alabama or Georgia.