Private Absalom Skelton, Co. G, 5th Mississippi Infantry, CSA

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1827

  • July 23: Absalom Skelton was born in Madison, AL to Dozier and Cintha Skelton.

1847

  • August 12: Absalom “Abe” married Lydia Williams in Tuscaloosa County, AL.

1855

  • May 28: Lydia Williams died.
  • November 28: Abe married his cousin Harriet E. Skelton.

1860

  • September 14: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Choctaw County, MS showed Absalom, a farmer, and Harriett living with their children: Sarah, Nathan, William, Absalom and Julia.

1861

  • August 15: Absalom enlisted in the C.S. Army in Choctaw Ridge, MS by Captain Womack. However, he immediately was given furlough to “attend to business.” His brother Solomon enlists with him.
  • October 18: Absalom mustered into the 5th Mississippi in Enterprise, MS.
  • October 18 to December 31:  Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “promoted to 5th Sergeant, 20 Nov. 1861.”

1862

  • January to December: Company Muster Rolls. Present.

1863

  • January 28 to February 28: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Bounty due 50$ Compensation due from 24 Aug. 1862.”
  • March to August: Company Muster Rolls. Present.

1864

  • January & February: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “On furlough since 18 Feb 64.”
  • December 31 to April 30:  Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • November 30: Absalom and his brother fought in at the Battle of Franklin. Absalom was wounded and lost an arm. His brother, Solomon, was captured and sent to Camp Douglas, IL.
  • December 17: Prisoner Roll. Absalom was captured by the U.S. Army in Franklin, TN on the Confederate retreat.

1865

  • February 19: Prisoner Roll. Absalom was forwarded to Louisville, KY then on to Camp Chase, OH and finally Point Lookout, MD.
  • June 6: Prisoner Roll. Upon taking the Oath of Allegiance, Absalom was released.
  • June 22: He appeared on a register of “refugees and rebel deserters” in Washington, D.C.. He was furnished transportation to West Point, Mississippi.  

1870

  • July 28: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Choctaw County, MS showed Absalom, a farmer, and Harriet living with their 8 children.

1873

  • January: Harriet died giving birth.
  • August 10: Absalom married Margaret Nancy Scott Skelton, his brother’s widow.

1880

  • June 18: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Sumner County, MS showed Absalom, a farmer, and Margaret living with a house full of their children.

1900

  • June 25: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Webster County, MS showed Absalom, a farmer, and Margaret living with a five-year-old granddaughter.

1905

  • May 20: Absalom Skelton died He was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mississippi.
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 (photo source: ancestry.com)

(photo source: ancestry.com)