Lieutenant George E. Estes, Co. A, 14 Mississippi Infantry, CSA
October 9: George Everett Estes was born in Clarke County, MS to Benjamin and Hannah Everett Estes.
August 24: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Clarke County, MS showed 9-year-old George living with his parents and siblings. His father, Benjamin, was a farmer who owned 19 slaves.
July 4th: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Pearses Springs, Clarke County, MS showed 18-year-old George, a clerk, living with his parents and siblings. His father increased his wealth substantially since the last census. He was a farmer and he owned 40 slaves.
May 29: George Estes enlisted in the C.S. Army in Corinth, MS, where he mustered in on June 8th.
June 8 to December 31: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Promoted Nov. 1st from private to 2nd Sergt. by appointment.”
February 16: George was captured at Fort Donelson. George was sent to Camp Douglas, a prison camp in Illinois.
September 2: George was sent to Vicksburg to be exchanged.
September 22 to December: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “promoted to 2nd Lt. Sept 25 1862 from 1st Sergt.”
January to August: Company Muster Rolls. Present.
September & October: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “On furlough 20 days from 22nd Oct. 1863.”
November 30: George fought in the Battle of Franklin, his regiment moving through Carnton’s fields.
His journal reads: “…the Yankees cannon and muskets mowing us down like grass before the scythe, but nothing deterred. We moved on not firing a gun nor hearing a sound of anything, but the roar of cannon and musketry. No commands could be heard, but we moved on to so near the breastworks that the fire and smoke of the Yankees’ guns would blind us and almost scorch our hair.”
George was wounded and carried to Carnton for treatment.
His journal reads: “They carried me back to the palatial home of Colonel John McGavock, the place where I had but a short time before torn my pants. They laid me off the litter in the front yard, where were hundreds of dead and dying men. The residence of Colonel McGavock was literally full to overflowing with dead and wounded men. As soon as one would die another was ready to take his place on the floor or anywhere that could be room for him. Such groans, cries and curses I heard that night I hope will never be again….after a while Sim Hutto came to me with the welcome news that he could get me in on the front porch…and with the assistance of two men, I was put on the porch, where I had the first wooden shelter, I had been under in a year.”
September 12: George married Louisa Caroline Watson in Choctaw County, AL.
June 3: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Mobile, AL showed George, a bookkeeper, and Lou living with their four young children.
June 9: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX showed George, a book keeper, and Lou living with five of their children.
September 2: (Fort Worth Morning Register, Fort Worth, TX.)
“Mr. George E. Estes, the popular bookkeeper and cashier for A.J. Anderson, has returned from an extended trip to the Indian Territory, Oklahoma and Northwest Texas, and reports having had a pleasant time.”
June: George, along with a group of other veterans, attended a Confederate Veterans reunion in Birmingham, AL. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 7 Jun 1908) Note: George Estes was an active member of the Robert E. Lee Chapter of the United Confederate Veterans for many years. He served as both secretary and adjutant. He was also involved in his churches ‘old folks’ singers and actors group.
April 21: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX showed George, a collector, and Lou living with three of their adult children. Also living with the couple is Lou’s sister, Lucy McLemore.
September 12: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX.
April 12: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth TX. George’s wife, Lou Estes, died.
October 27: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX.
Note: Newspapers were filled with snippets of meetings of the R.E. Lee Camp of Confederate Veterans throughout the early 20th Century. The veterans were raising money for a Confederate Monument to be placed in down town Fort Worth. This article showed Confederate Monuments were not the only monuments being considered.
January 12: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX showed a widowed George, a feed dealer, living with two of his adult children and a servant.
December 29: George Everett Estes died in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery.
December 30: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX.