Considering a broader range of “war crimes” against Southern Civilians

While some folks have done some work compiling stories about war crimes against Southerners, too often they seem to convey only the stories of those who were subjected to the hard hand of war as delivered by the Union army. As I mentioned in a post in Cenantua’s Blog about a year ago, I saw an announcement about the release of the book, War Crimes Against Southern Civilians, and, knowing what I do about Southern Unionists, found it interesting that the scope of the book was so limited. As I mentioned in that post, I can’t but help wonder when the second volume is coming – War Crimes Against Southern Civilians, the Other Side of the Story (or War Crimes Committed by Southerners Against Southern Civilians). If recommendations for stories are accepted, for starters, I’d like to suggest this story about Henry Tucker (*NOTE – This story is NOT RECOMMENDED for children as it is very graphic in detail). The story is originally sourced to Tories of the Hills, a book published in 1953 by Wesley Sylvester Thompson.

Of course, there are other stories that can also be found within the pages of this blog… and there are more to come.

In the meantime, continue to browse through other interesting stories in the rosters of the 1st Alabama Cavalry, USV.


8 Responses to “Considering a broader range of “war crimes” against Southern Civilians”

  1. I, too, have had an enlightenin journey as the Southern Claim commission documents have been released. First on Footnote and now an even more extensive collection of SCC documents from Marion County, Alabama is on
    It was interesting to me , after reviewing “Family Maps of Marion county, Alabama” by Gregory A. Boyd, how these Unionist men were geographically connected before and after the Civil War. I am related to most of them, simply for the reason that family members married neighbors, etc..– It would be fascinating to know how and when they declared loyalty to the Union and what factor geography played.

    My direct-line Unionist ancestor in Marion County, Alabama is John J. Dickinson, Jr. Other than the SCC documents, I’ve never read anything about him–but his life seems to be woven completely with unionists.
    My question is: He refers to brothers and various relatives in his SCC statement –does anyone have details re: his family?
    Jeanine Smith

    • Thanks for commenting Jeanine. I always enjoy reading comments such as these. How does Dickinson refer to his brothers and relatives in the SCC claim? I too have an interest in Marion County, via my wife’s family. I also have a post coming later this evening that is from the Official Records of the Rebellion. A report from a Texas cavalry officer writing about Unionists in Marion County!

      • Bruce Mayhall Says:


        I looked in your archive for Jul 09 but did not find the OR report about unionists in Marion County that you mention in this note. Is it available? I had two Marion great great grandfathers in First AL Cav

  2. alabama1812 Says:

    My ggg grandfather, John Hamilton, joined the 19th Alabama Infantry in 1861 and served until summer of 1864. He disappears after that on the records; family story is that he served on the Union side late in the war but I have found no definitive proof of this; possibly served with irregulars in N Ala. (He was from Cherokee County). After the war, in 1869, he was fighting the KKK in Cherokee County — he got into a fracas with some of his white neighbors and they held him down and cut him with knives. Transcription of John’s letter can be found here.

    I have copies of the original hand written letter by John to Lt. Miller, the federal authority at Alpine, Ga. + copies of the handwritten accounts by the African Americans of the atrocities committed against them in August, 1869.

    • Thank you for commenting! You might want to check the “Galvanized Yankee” regiments (U.S. Volunteers). It’s possible that he may have deserted and it wasn’t recorded in the Confederate service record (Confederate records decline significantly in details in 1864).

  3. James Horton Says:

    My Unionist ancestors were with the 3rd TN Mounted Infantry. William Morgan Morrow was the father…beaten to death by Confederate soldiers. He had four sons in the 3rd TN Mounted Infantry…James, George, Aaron and William Marion.. James, George and Aaron would die shortly after the war in conflicts with ex-Confederates..William Marion would live to his eighties…he became a Methodist Preacher.

    • Thank you for sharing this, Mr. Horton. Do you have specifics on the incident in which William M. Morrow was beaten to death? What about the sons who were killed?

  4. James Horton Says:

    This story is about the last day of my G-G-Grandfather’s life…Aaron Morrow. He was a Private in the 3rd TN Mounted Infantry USA. His father, William Morgan Morrow was beaten to death by Confederate soldiers for complaning about having to pay the tax-in-kind. A ten percent tax on farmers of their livestock, property…etc. etc. This was no big deal in parts of the state of North Carolina, but in the mountains where they were barely surviving it was a lot. Anyway his four sons, James, George, Aaron and William Marion all joined the 3rd TN Mounted Infantry. Appomattox would not settle the quarrel between these men and those who killed their father.

    On September 10 1866 the opposing factions met at the Murphy Courthouse in Cherokee County NC, armed and expecting trouble. Aaron L. Morrow, brother of 1st. Lieutenant James K. Morrow was shot and killed by John Tatham of Valleytown, late of Company D, 25th Regiment CSA. James K. Morrow shot and killed former Confederate Army Captain, Harlan Boone, Co. B, 25th Regiment and also shot former Captain James Cooper of Thomas Legion.

    Judge Shipp ordered the Sheriff to call out the Milita Guard to restore order. The Grand Jury had a formal indictment for murder presented to it charging John Tatham with the murder of Aaron Morrow. Witnesses sworn in open court were…Enoch Voyles…James Cromwell…Lewis Hubbard…J. Fain…Adam Cable..Jim Wright and Madison Slaughter….Indictment ; None Not a True Bill- J.B. Brooks foreman.

    An alias capias was ordered issued for James K. Morrow, but no process was ever served on him in this case. Garland S. Ferguson, 9 April 1900, writing the history of the 25th NC Regiment had this to say about the killing of H. Boone and Jim Cooper.” Captain H.A. Boone formerly in command of Company B was murdered on the streets of Murphy by the celebrated outlaw, Morrow, after the close of the war.” Mr. Ferguson did not mention the killing of Morrow’s brother by a former member of the 25th Regiment, John Tatham, which occurred before Morrow, the outlaw, as Mr. Ferguson describes him, killed Boone. My G-G-Grandfather William Morgan Morrow was killed for his Union beliefs. His oldest son James K. Morrow would be bushwhacked 5 years after the doubt as a result of this feud….James K. Morrow’s brother-in-laws…John and George Hickey also of the 3rd, would be captured and hanged by Captain George Gailor Bristol of the 39th NC Infantry at Murphy in October of’63. George Morrow also would die of mysterious circumstances in April of ’66 and of course you know how my G-G-Grandfather, Aaron Lafayette Morrow was killed. Only William Marion Morrow the youngest boy would live to an old age…he became a Methodist Minister….I am proud of all these men…James Hortom.

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