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From: "Candy Lawrence" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD] Civil War help - Rick or anyone
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 16:04:54 -0500
Yep, I found James (NMN) Tollison in Company D of Dobbin's Regiment, 1st
Arkansas Cavalry and he enlisted (or was paroled) at age 19. I verify he
was born in Alabama and paroled at Jacksonport.
The unit's flag was a red Cross of St. George on a blue field with 13 white
stars on the cross. It was captured by Union forces on 10/12/1863 at Tulip,
AR by the 1st Indiana Cavalry - which was a bad thing to happen as a unit's
regimental colors is their identifier, their "soul" if you will and men
would give their lives to save their flag.
In case you are interested, the Dobbin's mentioned was Colonel Arch
Dobbins, the organizer and commander of this regiment. He was an average
commander...nothing great but aparently not incompetent but due to his
independent nature he was not well-liked by his superiors. No one
questioned his fighting spirit - just he fact he had a tendency to disobey
orders he did not like or agree with. After the war he fell into problems
with Reconstruction people and Unionists and felt he could no longer live
here due to his loyalties, opinions and Confederate beliefs. So he moved to
Brazil, leaving his wife and children behind. He did write to them and
talked about them also coming to Brazil as he had established property and
liked the country. But, the letters stopped after a year or two and he
never returned to the US. What happened to him is unknown as far as I know.
I fear though, I've struck out of Hitson and Tilghman.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ellen Reesh" <>
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 8:05 PM
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD] Civil War help - Rick or anyone
> Thanks for your help. The H.Tollison of Lavaca Co. Texas is Hebron,
> brother to my B.H.H. Tolleson.
> Hitson H. Tolleson's son Jame Monroe Tolleson served in Rutherford
> Dobbins Reg't of Arkansas in the Cavalry from May 1864 to Oct 1864. [the
> family story says that H.H. told his son to join the cavalry so that at
> least the Union guys couldn't steal the only riding horse they had.]
> This is what I have from the War Department, The adjutant General's
> "The name James Monroe Tolleson has not been found on the only muster roll
> on file in this office of Co.D (Capt Ruterferd) 1(Dobbins)Regt. Ark.
> Cav.C.S>A> covering Jan &Feb 1864. The name james Tollison Co.D. Dobbins
> Regt. Ark.Cav. appears on a Must. * Desc. Roll of Prison. Of War
> May 11. 1865 and paroled June5 1865 at Jackensport, Ark. age shown 19 yrs.
> Eyes, dark, hair dark, comp, dark, Height, 5ft, 7 in. Born, Alabama. "
> (Signed) Robert C. Davis, the Adjutant General.
> Attached to the Widows Pension Application for State of Texas are several
> affidavits from comrades of James Monroe Tolleson, all were notarized in
> Independence Co. 1) C. M. Engles, 2) A.M. Allen, 3) J. W. Robertson.
> I don't have anything on Tilghman Tolleson, just the family story about
> being injured coming home and later dying.
> Thank you again for your help.
> On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 10:34 AM, Candy Lawrence
>> Hi Ellen,
>> A tough one, indeed!
>> I found a H. Tollison who served with the Lavaca County Minute Men, Texas
>> a 3rd Ordnanceman. This was a home guard type of unit.
>> What unit was his son James in? Also, do you have anything to show the
>> his brother was in?
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Ellen Reesh" <>
>> To: "Izard List" <>
>> Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 1:03 AM
>> Subject: [ARIZARD] Civil War help - Rick or anyone
>> > Hi,
>> > Have a family story I am trying to track down. It says that my
>> > ggg-grandfather fought in the Civil War but I have never been able to
>> > him. His name is Benjamin Hitson Harrison Tolleson (Tillison,
>> > Tollerson,
>> > Tolerson, Tollison, Tellison) He moved his family from Tishomingo Co.
>> > MS
>> > to
>> > Independence Co. AR (just below Batesville) in 1860 purchasing land
>> > from
>> > the
>> > gov'tmt paying cash. He and his brother Tilghman Tolleson came
>> > together.
>> > Both joined the army (Confederate) Tilghman was injured came home and
>> > later
>> > died of his wounds. My ggg-grandfather B. Hitson Harrison came home to
>> > farm, minus a few pigs, sheep, cattle but he rebuilt it and lived there
>> > for
>> > about 17 years until he moved his family, with the exception of my
>> > gg-grandfather Henry Oscar Tolleson who had married my gg-grandmother
>> > Sophronia Williams and had moved to Izard Co., to Texas.
>> > B. Histon Harrison Tolleson's oldest son James M. Tolleson also fought
>> > in
>> > the war (I have his CW pension records from TX). I have never been able
>> > find my ggg-grandfather though. He went by Hitson H. Tolleson,
>> > H.H.Tolleson, his tombstone in Texas has an inscription on it alluding
>> > his being a good husband, good father and good soldier, I just have
>> > never
>> > been able to find him anywhere.
>> > Any help or hints where to look would be greatly appreciated.
>> > Ellen Tolleson Reesh
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