Photograph taken in 1902 in Dallas, Texas at the Confederate Convention. Men who served from Henry County, TN.
Submitted by Linda Reed
In the years following the end of the Civil War in 1865, there was a great feeling of pride in many of the Confederate veterans. They and many people in the South felt that these men had served valiantly in the cause even if it was lost. Based on this pride, many of the veterans formed organizations for the comradeship of their fellow soldiers. Many of these groups established camps near their hometowns. These organizations were in most of the cities of the Old South and grew into a formal association, the United Confederate Veterans (UCV) in 1889. The public support for the Confederacy and its veterans was very strong through the late 19th and early part of the 20th Century. In 1886 when Jefferson Davis, ex-president of the Confederacy, came through Paris, Tennessee on a train, the newspaper reported, "Our people turned out en masse to see Jeff Davis…. As the … train pulled out, women waved their white handkerchiefs and grown men cried."
Up until the 1920's these organizations held reunions for the veterans almost every year. In 1902 a reunion was held at the UCV Sterling Price Camp No. 31 in Dallas, Texas. The public interest and support for these "old soldiers" was so strong that of the 140,000 people who attended this reunion, only 12,000 were veterans.
This photograph is from the 1902 Dallas Reunion. It shows men from several Regiments and Companies associated with Henry County, Tennessee.
First row, on the left is William Haywood Paschall (1844-1913), born in White County, Tennessee, the son of William C. and Margaret Sawyers Paschall. The family moved to Henry County in about 1847. After the war, he married Louisiana Humphreys and, in the 1870's, they moved to Mesquite, Texas.
First row, third from the left and in his uniform, is Tobias Lafayette Paschall (1839-1907) who was born in White County, Tennessee. In 1866, he married Amanda Thompson who died in 1875. In 1877, he married Virginia Catherine Morris and joined his brother, William Haywood Paschall, in Mesquite, Texas where he owned and operated a cotton gin.
First row, fifth from left is David Dickenson Brizendine (1836-1913), born in Henry County,Tennessee, the son of William and Julia Dickenson Brizendine. D. D. served in Company F, 154th Tennessee Infantry. After the war, he settled in the Hico community of Henry County, married Isadora Wade, and made his living as a sawmill operator.
Second row on the left is Washington Pembroke Bumpass (1844-1914), the son of Green and Margaret Carson Bumpass. He served in the 20th Tennessee Cavalry. He returned to Henry County and was a farmer.
Second row, third from left is Wesley Morgan Humphreys (1842-1928), born in Henry County, Tennessee the son of Henry and Susannah Paschall Humphreys. He served in Co. G, 7th TN Cavalry. In 1866, Wesley moved to Mesquite, Texas, married Sarah Chapman in 1867 and made his living as a farmer and retail merchant.
Second row, fourth from left is Dan Humphreys. He was a cook and aide to the Humphreys brothers in Co. G, 7th TN Cavalry. Dan was probably a Humphreys' slave prior to the war. It is believed that Dan went with Wesley to Texas after the war where he was treated as one of the family. Dan is buried with members of the Humphreys family in the Mill Creek Cemetery in Henry County. The inscription reads, "DAN HUMPHREYS, Co. G, 7th Tenn. Calvary, (sic) C.S.A."
Second row on the right is Henry Anderson Humphreys (1839-1924), born in Henry County, Tennessee, the son of Henry and Susannah Paschall Humphreys. He served in Company G, 7th Tennessee Cavalry. Henry married Malinda Walker in 1868, remained in Henry County, and farmed for a living.
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