Sergeant Solomon Skelton, Co. G, 5th Mississippi Infantry, CSA

1832

  • October 29:  Solomon Skelton was born to Dozier and Cyntha Skelton in Alabama.

1850

  • September 19: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Choctaw County, MS showed 18-year-old Solomon living with his parents and siblings. His father was a farmer.

1853 (abt)

  • Solomon married Nancy Jane Moncrief.

1860

  • September 26: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Chickasaw County, MS showed Solomon, a farmer, and his wife Nancy living with their young son.

1861

  • August 15: Enlisted in the C.S. Army in Chocktaw Ridge, MS by Captain Womack. His brother Absalom also enlisted.
  • October 18: Mustered into Service in Enterprise, Mississippi. Company Muster-in Roll has remarks “sick on furlough.”
  • October 18 to December 31:  Company Muster Roll.  Present. Remarks “Promosted to 3rd Corporal 4 Dec 1861.”

1862

  • January & February:  Company Muster Roll. Present. 
  • November & December: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Sent to Hospital Aug. 27. 1862.”

1863

  • January 28 to February 28:  Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Bounty due 450 compensation due from 24 Aug. 1862.”
  • March to June: Company Muster Rolls. Present.
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Absent without leave.”

1864

  • January & February: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Promoted to 2nd Sergeant 1 Jan. 1864.”
  • December 31 (63) to April 30: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • November 30: Solomon Skelton was captured during the Battle of Franklin. His brother Absalom was wounded and lost an arm, before being sent to prison in Ohio and then on to Point Lookout in Maryland.
  • December 2: Solomon showed up on a Roll of Prisoners of War in Nashville, being forwarded to Louisville, Kentucky.
  • December 3: Received at Louisville and sent on to Camp Douglass in Illinois.
  • December 6: Received at Camp Douglas, Illinois.
 (photo source: findagrave.com)

(photo source: findagrave.com)

1865

  • June 18: Discharged from Camp Douglas.

1870

  • June 30: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Oktibbeha County, MS showed Solomon, a farmer, and his wife Nancy living with their 4 young children.

1875 (abt)

  • Solomon Skelton and his family moved from Mississippi to Tennessee.

1880

  • June 14: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Gibson County, TN showed Solomon, a teacher, and Nancy living with their children.

1900

  • June 16: The U.S. Federal Census taken in Gibson County, TN showed Solomon, a farmer, living with his second wife Elizabeth.

1914

  • April 14:  Solomon Skelton died of failing health due to old age in Gibson County, TN. He was buried at the Rutherford Cemetery in Gibson County.