July 03, 2004

George Hughes, Civil War, 5th Calvalry

An identity problem with George Hughes who fought in the AL 5th Calvary, Co. D exist. Here is the problem. When my father sent for his grandfathers Civil War record, he received papers on a George Hughes who was a 2nd Lt. in Co. D, 5th Regt., AL Cav. This George had the middle name Hambrie. The wife who applied for the pension was Elliott Mary Hughes, daughter of Jesse Adams Carter The commanding officer was Josiah Patterson. The papers state that George H. Hughes enlisted in TX but transferred to Alabama. He was a First Lieutenant. He was discharged at Danville, AL at the end of the war. His wife lived at Flint with nieces.

My own ggrandfather, George C. Hughes was mustered into the service at Falkville, AL. He was in the fifth AL Calvalry, Co. D and fought under Josiah Patterson. I have an uncle living who remembers that his Grandpa fought under Josiah Patterson. There is one story about him almost being court martial for refusing to cross the TN river at flood stage. According to my uncle, Josiah Patterson went to bat for Grandpa Hughes and kept him from being court martialed. He agreed that it would have been suicide to cross at that time and place.

Could the two George's have been the same person and Mary have been a second wife?? I do not think so. For one thing, my George was not in TX and another thing is that she claims to have been married Feb. 10, 1869. That is the year that my own grandfather was born to Anna Elizabeth and George. Also, he is on the 1870 census with Anna.

Does anyone know anything about George Hambrie Hughes? He is listed as being the keeper of a boarding house in Flint after the war. Any information would be greatly appreciated. My guess is that George H. Hughes was the son of one of William H. Hughes' brothers.

Posted by JHSGran at July 3, 2004 08:41 AM