Coat of Arms
|My Fifth Great Grandfather's Revolutionary War Soldier Plaque place on his grave in July 2007 by the Daughters of the American Revolution
Bethania Moravian Chruch,
Bethania, Forsyth, North Carolina
|Powhatan Troop Commander
2008 - 2010
posing with my guest speaker
Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander John N Sawyer.
|Me on the left and a very distant cousin, Michael Hauser, on the right. Our 5th Great Grandfathers were brothers. We belong to the same SCV Camp.
Do you notice the resemblance?
|I joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans using my great grandfather on my father's mother's side although, all indications are that I have over a hundred, maybe 100s of Housers (Hauser, Hooser Hoosiers) that fought for the Confederacy, as one of our other camp members, Michael Hauser, can testify to. For by the time the first Hauser, Martin, died in 1761, he had 90 children, grandchildren and great grand children, with most of them settling in the southern states. I am no where even close to connecting all the dots on the family tree on these Confederate soldiers; however, sadly, I have also found that there were a few (very few) misguided souls that fought on the Yankee side.|
| Questionnaire completed by Jesse Benton Caudle. in 1915
"The chief purpose of the following questions is to bring out facts that will be of service in writing a true history of the Old South. Such a history has not yet been written. By answering these questions you will make a valuable contribution to the history of your state."
To see the contents of my Great Grandfather's historical interview, click here.
|Jessie Benton Caudle
My Great Grandfather
|Jessie was born 19 MAR 1843 in Decatur County, TN. he was the youngest of 12 children. He had five brothers. Jesse was 3 years old when his father died and 5 when his mother died. At her death he and his younger sister were bound out to a Squire Ebenezer Lee who lived south of Scotts Hill. He lived with the Lee's until he was 12 and then he ran away and lived with his sister
Some of my sources stated that all 6 brothers fought in the War; however, to date I have only found war records on 5 of them. Unfortunately, here also, one of them fought on the Yankee side.
Jesse and his brother, Absalom, (the 11th child) joined the 27th Tennessee infantry in August, 1861 at Scotts Hill, TN,. nickname the Felix Rebels. Malakiah Caudle (the 8th child) joined the Confederate army at the outbreak of the war and was killed at Shiloh. He lived long enough to be carried to the hospital in Corinth, MS. He is buried there in an unmarked grave with many others. His brother Absalom also was wounded at Shiloh and taken to Corinth MS. His wound was too serious to return to service and he was discharged. William A. Caudle (the 6th child) joined the 22nd TN Calvary and survived the war, he died in 1911 at 78 years old.
Some of my sources from family writings state that Jessie saw both of his brothers fall that day, with Absalom falling right next to him. April 6 and 7th at the battle of Shiloh Chruch was where the 27th first saw the elephant. The Generals report of record stated that the 27th started the day with 350 muskets. At the end of the second day, total casualties were 142 killed and wounded, 48 missing; over half the force that they had started the battle with. On April 26, 1862, the 27th report only 226 effectives, a loss of nearly 3/4ths of its original strength in a little over 7 months.
To the best of my knowledge, Absalom fell right next to what is now know as Bloody Pond, although some historians question that it even existed. When I was in my early teens my father took us to Shiloh like he had done a few times before; however, this time my grandmother was with us. She had visited the battlefield with her father many years before. She pointed out to my father where Absalom had fallen next to the pond and had washed his wound with water from the pond. I read a 27th TN Infantry officer's account of how he had to wade through the pond during the thick of the battle and was afraid of being shot/wounded while in the pond for fear of drowning, so that puts to rest the theory that the pond did not exist as far as I am concerned.
The 27th went on to fight is several major battles. The brigade was part of General Bragg's Army in the invasion of Kentucky, participating in the capture of Munfordville, Kentucky, and the Battle of Perryville on October 8, 1862. There followed the retreat into Tennessee and the Battle of Murfreesboro. Before Murfreesboro, General Bragg had reorganized his force and renamed it the Army of Tennessee. In January, 1863, by order of General Bragg, the consolidation of the 1st and 27th Regiments was made permanent..Some of the other battles of the 1st and 27th are: Battle of Chickamauga, September 18 to 20, 1863; Battle of Missionary Ridge (Battle of Lookout Mountain) in November 27, 1863; It held the fort in the famous "Dead Angle" in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain June 27 1864; and the final battle for Jessie was the Battles of Franklin and Nashville where he was captured while on a foraging expedition.
"As a prisoner I was taken to Camp Douglas at Chicago where I had the worst time I had during the war. I had typhoid while in prison and was not every well at any time. I took the oath on the 18th of June, 1865 in front of the Cottage Grove Hotel in south Chicago."
Jessie went on to marry and have 8 children; however, the first two, twins, died at birth. My grandmother, Minnie Caudle, was the fourth child born in July 1878.
From the questionnaire, "I went to work hauling on RR in 1866 and went to farming again in 1867. Was married in October, 1867 and joined the CPC in 1868 and the Masonic Lodge and have been farming ever since. I have tried my hand at sawmilling, cotton ginning, buying cotton, raising stock, buying stock, was elected Justice of the Peace in 1885 and served as such up to 1906 except one year. Have served on the school board 30 years of my life."