In honor of Pvt. Nathan R. Oakes, CSA

150 years ago, my great grandfather, Nathan Richardson Oakes, served as a private in Company D of the distinguished 32nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment in the Army of Tennessee. He participated in the great Civil War campaigns, including the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville, and Bentonville. I am writing about his engagements as well as some details about fighting for the Lost Cause. I hope to honor him and commemorate the events and individuals that contributed to making this a renowned unit in the Confederate Army of Tennessee.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Great Uncle Turner enlists in the 32nd MS Regiment

Over the past few months, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Civil War battles over the remaining 3 years ahead, I have been tracking my Great Grandfather Nathan Richardson Oakes from his enlistment in the Confederate Army in March 1862, to his surrender in April 1865. I also had other family members who fought in that war. Great Uncle William D. Turner enlisted in the C.S.A. army on this date in 1862. He joined my great grandfather in Co. D of the 32nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Both ancestors will survive the war, and, finally back in Mississippi, Great Grandfather Oakes will marry his prewar sweetheart, "Billy" Turner’s sister, Martha Ellen, on June 1, 1865.

Great Grandmother Martha Oakes and her brother,
William "Billy" D. Turner, years after the war

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