To both Stephen and Clay,
I apologize for the length of time in responding to both of you, as my computer had crashed and, after finally getting a new one, it has taken me some time to get back to where I was previously and I'm almost there.
Charles Goodrich Southmayd, my 1st great grand-uncle, b 18 Oct 1834 in New Orleans, LA, was the son of Frederick Redfield Southmayd, b. 12 June 1803 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, and Catherine P. Goodrich, b. Oct 1821 in New York. Charles' sister, Rebecca Bull Southmayd, 1837 in New Orleans, LA, was my great-grandmother (my father's mother's mother).They had a brother, Frederick Redfield Southmayd, Jr., b. 17 Aug 1839 in New Orleans, LA. I believe, Stephen, that this is where your line follows from.Frederick, Jr. m. Matilda Elizabeth McCray on 29 Sep 1860 in New Orleans, LA. Fredrick, Jr. died on 04 Apr 1893 in Washington, D.C.Matilda d. 18 Feb 1919,but at this time I haven't discovered where. Both Charles Goodrich and Frederick, Jr. served in the Civil War for the South, which means that we probably have ancestors that fought on both sides.Frederick, Jr. fought as a Private in Company B in the Crescent Regiment of the Louisiana Infantry.He was wounded at Shiloh on 07 April 1862 and lost his right arm.Later he became a Captain and still later received the rank of Colonel.He did establish the Red Cross in the South after the war.
Frederick, Jr. and Matilda had 6 children: Catherine G. (prob Goodrich, but not sure)Southmayd, Emily Anderson Southmayd, Florence C. Southmayd, William Southmayd, George Folger Southmayd, and Charles Goodrich Southmayd, b 13 Mar 1876 in New Orleans, LA. This Charles Goodrich Southmayd m Grace (last name unk), b 1884 in Ohio and had:
Charles Goodrich Southmayd, b. 1910 in Illinois and Frederick Redfield Southmayd, b. unk.This is as far as I've been able to get on this line.
Back to the 1st Charles Goodrich Southmayd. He served in the Civil War from 1862-1865 a 1st Lieutenant, Company B, Crescent Rifles, MS (Mississippi) Infantry.He was taken prisoner at Vicksburg.He remained unmarried and d. 02 Mar 1885 in Sour Lake, Texas. As you can see, Clay, I have very little information on Charles, but am always looking for more.Could you please send me the source of the account you read where only about 60 of the original 1000 enlistees were able to serve for the entire war?You can send it directly to my email address if you'd like. I do not have a picture of Charles or Frederick, but I do have an eggcup & spoon with the initials CGS on it that was made in New Orleans and, I suspect, given to Charles as an infant or young boy. Someday I hope to be able to get more information on it. Clay, I would love to have a copy of Charles letter and copies of his service record.Are you tied in to the Southmayds somewhere?
I was so delighted to hear from both of you. Thank you for answering my post. Cousin Stephen, if you would like what information I have on your line and/or also what I have on my line, please contact me by email.