WOOTEN DIGEST v98 #116 July 1998:
Simon Lee Wooten: [Co. C, 50th Regiment GA Volunteer Infantry.] Enlisted at Comp Brown, GA, May 9, 1862. One researcher as being in recorded him Gen. Robert E. Lee's army as it fought it way north. Simon was possibly among the surrendered men that were surrendered to Brig. Gen. E.M. McCook by Maj. Gen. Sam Jones, CSA at Tallahassee, FL, on May 10, 1865. These men were later paroled at Thomasville, GA, on May 19, 1865. Records indicate that he was admitted to the Chimborazo Hospital No. 4, Richmond, VA, suffering from debility, Oct. 23, 1862. Then, furlonged for 30 says starting Nov. 17, 1862. There is the possibility that he was captured and exchanged another time. In one report he took oath and was transported to Jacksonville, FL.
WOOTEN DIGEST v98 #117 July 1998:
The following info was extracted from databases at Historical Data Systems, Kingston, MA. The databases are constructed from several sources. The Georgia Infantry data is primarily from "Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865 and submissions by subscribers.
Simon Lee Wooten: on 9 May 1862 he was mustered into Co. C., 50th GA Infantry. Residence: Coffee Co., GA Date and method of discharge not given. POW 17 Sept 1862, Sharpsburg, MD. Transferred as POW 17 Oct 62 from Ft McHenry, MD to Fort Monroe, VA for exchange. Received 19 Oct 62 at Akiens Landing , VA. Exchanged.
NOTE: You show that he was admitted to the Confederate Hospital Chimborazo #4, Richmond on 23 Oct 1862. Simon was received at Akiens Landing 19 Oct. He must have been admitted directly to the hospital on the date of exchange. (Although not in record, Simon was apparently returned to duty with Co. C.) He was captured again in late 1864 or early 1865.
Simon Lee Wooten was received as POW 24 Jan 1865 at Washington, DC. Signed Oath of Allegiance 24 Jan 1865 and was sent to Jacksonville, Fl 24 Jan 1865.
|July 1862||Drayton's||Draytons||1st||GA, SC & Fla|
|Aug 62 - Nov 62||Seemes||McLaws||Longstreet||Northern VA|
|Nov 62- Nov 63||Bryans||McLaws||Longstreet||Northern VA|
|Nov 63 - Apr 65||Simms||Kershaws||Kershaws||Northern VA|
Simon and the 50th GA were in some of the bloodiest battles of the War. He was taken POW at Sharpsburg and was most likely wounded when taken prisoner, although his record does not show it. He was exchanged in time to go with the 50th in the Army of Northern VA under Lee in their invasion of the north (!!!!) and was at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. The 50th GA and the rest of McLaws Brigade were not part of the infamous Confederate charge under Pickett. They were held in reserve but were in some of the worst battles at Gettysburg on 2 and 3 July 1863. The 50th stayed in the Army of Northern VA fighting with Lee as he defended VA, TN, and GA, then back to VA where they surrendered at Appomattox, VA, April 1865.
BRYANT LEE WOOTEN
Records indicate that he was appointed fifth Sergeant in Feb. 1864. Received by Provost Marshal General, Washington, D.C. Jan. 24, 1865, with remark: "Had taken oath and furnished transportation to Jacksonville, Florida." [It seems that he was appointed fifth Sergeant immediately before the end of the Civil War.]
National Archive Records: CSA
He served in Co. G, 4th (Clinch's) Regiment GA Voluntary Calvary. He was paroled at Thomasville, GA, on May 18, 1865. We have copies of some of his Muster Roll cards and a receipt where he was paid by the CSA.
WILLIAM JORDAN WOOTEN
William Jordan Wooten, private in Co. C, 50th Regiment GA Volunteer Infantry. Enlisted on March 4, 1862, at Douglas, Coffee Co., GA, and died 6 weeks later. Family stories say that he died from a stomach problem, not in a battle. However, one researcher records that he was killed in battle.
Family story: He was ill in camp and begged this commander to let his friends take him home to be buried under the big oak tree near the plantation house of the family. Eyewitness accounts relate that his CSA pals brought him home on a steamboat on the Ocmulgee River. Due to the decay of the body, he was buried near the banks of the river, under a large oak tree. Did he die in battle? Wounded in battle? We continue to believe that he did not die from battle wounds, but from having to live the rough life of a soldier.
WOOTEN DIGEST v98 #117 July 1998:
The following info was extracted from databases at Historical Data Systems, Kingston, MA. The databases are constructed from several sources. The GA Infantry data is primarily from "Roster of Confederate Soldiers of GA, 1861-1865 and submissions by subscribers.
William Jordan Wooten. Residence: Coffee Co., GA. Enlisted on 22 Mar 1862 as a Pvt. in Co. C, 50th GA Infantry. Age at enlistment; 23 years old. Died 15 Apr 1862.
Records did not show how or where he died. The regiments personnel roster did not show William J. Wooten as either wounded or sick although they saw action in VA on 15 Apr 1862."
JOEL W. WOOTEN
WOOTEN Digest v98 #117: [July 1998]
Joel W. Wooten; Residence Coffee Co., GA Enlisted 22 Mar 1862 as a private in Co C, 50th GA Vol. Infantry. Age at enlistment, 18 years old. Promoted to fifth Sergeant 15 Feb 1864. Received by provost marshall at Washington DC 24 Jan 1865 as POW Took Oath of Allegiance 24 Jan 1865 at Washington, D.C. Sent 24 Jan 1865 to Jacksonville, FL."
***Joel was in the same company as his brothers, Simon Lee Wooten and William Jordan Wooten, who died soon after the war began in 1862.
National Archive Records:
"Joel W. Wooten; Admitted Feb. 14, 1865, to Provost Guard U.S.A. Hospital, Hilton Head, SC. Died Feb. 15, 1865; (unclear print), Reg. No. 25; Hospital No. 311, Page 8." Signed by "Turner."
It appears that Joel was admitted to the hospital during his transportation to Jacksonville, Florida, and died the next day. He did not arrive at Jacksonville. We expect to find his grave at Hilton Head, SC.
JOHN ALEXANDER WOOTEN while a young lad followed his brother, William H Wooten to TX, and was residing there at the beginning of the War Between the States.
He enlisted as a private soldier in Co B, 21st TX REGT, CAVALRY. Upon one expedition to CAPE GIRADEAU on the MISSISSIPPI, his regt was met and opposed by 15,000 FEDERAL soldiers from ST LOUIS, which necessitated a retreat. As the CONFEDERATE forces retired slowly they had opportunity for camp life.
"Late one afternoon" as related by the subject of this sketch, , "I was neither asleep nor awake, but mighty hungry. We had paused in our march to bake a corn-bread-pone for supper, and in the midst of our preparations, just before our bread was done, the FEDERALS began a scattering fire. We grabbed our guns and answered them in like tones, but took our time to get our corn-pones before abandoning our camp fires."
JOHN ALEXANDER WOOTEN was mustered out in AUSTIN, TX, and soon after returned to TELFAIR to be with his parents who had grown old and weary with the cares of the terrible war. In Dec 1867, JNO. A. WOOTEN married JANE McEACHIN, daughter of ALEX. and SUSAN (McKAY) McEACHIN." ("Wooten - Hammonds Families, Southern Relatives", by Dixie Hammond, p155)
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