7th Texas Confederate soldier – Cherokee Rifles – survives Franklin

William Calvin Frederick of Company E (Cherokee Rifles) , 7th Texas Infantry. I have copies of his obituary, as well as an account of his service written by ”his last Captain”, T.H. Singletary of Rusk, Tx, and supplied by the Cmdr of his Confederate Veteran’s post upon the death of Mr. Frederick. I will include the text from both, as well as a photo of him from around 1920, (when my grandfather was 18 years old or so, and as he remembered him). First the account of his service:

    “Enlisted at Rusk, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1861, with the following Company officers: Jack Davis, Captain; S.P. Donley, first lieutenant; Ben Vining, second lieutenant. Immediately after organization the company set out for the seat of war, then principally east of the Mississippi. At Marshall, Texas they joined the 7th Texas Infantry; John Gregg, First Colonel. From Marshall they went to Fort Donelson, Tennessee, and were part of the garrison there when it was surrendered to Gen. Grant by Gen. S.B. Buckner, on Friday, Feb. 14, 1862. The entire garrison was carried to Northern prisons, the private soldiers to Camp Douglas, Illinois, and officers to Johnson’s Island, N.Y. After the evacuation the next battle was at Raymond, Miss., in May 1863, where the losses of the 7th Texas were heavy in both officers and men. Following the rapid succession were several engagements on Black River during the siege of Vicksburg, Miss. After the fall of Vicksburg, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston fell back with his small army to Jackson, Miss., where he defended that city of eight days during the month of July, 1863. Falling back to Enterprise, Miss., the regiment rested only a short time until it was ordered to Chattanooga, Tenn. The 7th Texas Infantry took part in the battles of Chicamauga, Missionary Ridge and Ringgold, Ga., continuing with Gen. Joseph E. Johnston through the Georgia campaign from Dalton to Atlanta in 1864. In this campaign there were several battles fought and the losses were heavy. After the fall of Atlanta in July, 1864, Gen. Hood superseded Gen. Johnston and invaded Tennessee, while Gen. Sherman was marching through Georgia.Gen. Hood invaded Tennessee in the winter of 1864, which resulted in great loss to the Confederates. The 7th Texas participated in the battles of Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville, and on this campaign Comrade Frederick was captured and carried to a Northern prison, where he was set free at the close of the war in June, 1865.”“From the foregoing statement by his captain he surely made good as a soldier. Returning to his home after hostilities ceased, he went to work for a new start in life. He served as a county commissioner a number of terms with credit to himself. He united with the Presbyterian Church and made an exemplary member until the day of his death. He was always with his comrades at their reunion when his health would permit. This Camp to which he belonged will miss him, and to his family they extend sympathy in their time of sorrow. We can only hope to meet him in the Great Beyond.

J.A. Templeton, Adjutant. P.R. Jones, Commander.”

It’s only from word of mouth through the family that I believe him to have been captured at Franklin. I have not been able to confirm the date of his capture, if it is known at all. I would love help trying to find which prison he was in when the war ended, as well as the exact details of his “swap” from Camp Douglas early in the war.

Here is his obituary as it appeared in the Jacksonville, Tx Newspaper:

“Death of W.C. Frederick

Mr. W.C. Frederick, one of the oldest citizens of this section, passed away at his home near Jacksonville, Texas, Friday, Oct. 20, 1922, at 3:55 AM, after an illness extending over a period of a number of months, his malady being principally infirmities of old age. At the time of his death, he was 83 years, three months and ten days old.

The funeral was held Saturday morning at 10:00 o’clock at the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, conducted by the pastor Rev. G. Frank Burns, after which the remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery.

Mr. Frederick was born Wednesday, July 10, 1839 in Marion County, Alabama, and came to Texas while he was yet a small boy, where he has lived ever since, the greater portion of which time was spent in the Jacksonville section. Mr. Frederick was married three times, his last wife surviving him. He is survived by nine children, namely: A.O.W., J.F. and W.F. Frederick of Jacksonville, C.B. Frederick of Amarillo, E.A. Frederick of Houston, Mrs. Julia Redden of Purden, Mrs. Ed Casey of Temple, Mrs. W.A. Holmes of Beaumont, and Mrs. Eugenia Owens of Tyler. All the children were present when death came, except Mrs. Redden.

Mr. Frederick lived a long, useful and honorable life. He was known by nearly everybody in this entire section, and well liked by all of them. Another good man has passed away. We lament his going. Through all these years he was a special friend of the publishers and to this paper. One by one we take note of the passing of our friends with profound regret, which very forcibly impresses us that some day, sooner or later, we shall likewise pass from among our friends.

The publishers join a multitude in extending profound condolence to the bereaved wife, children and other relatives in these their hours of sorrow.”

Submitted by Trey Currington

My e-mail address is: tpatch36@verizon.net

2 thoughts on “7th Texas Confederate soldier – Cherokee Rifles – survives Franklin

  1. Thank you, Trey, for sharing such a touching story about someone who fought for what he believed in, then afterward tried to make his world a better one to live in.

    • My great-great uncle, Pvt. Thomas Henry Schockler was a member of Company E, 7th Texas Infantry. He was captured at Ft. Donelson and imprisoned at Camp Douglas. Exchanged at Vicksburg he was wounded at Battle of Raymond and was reported in hospital. He was with the unit as it retreated East from Raymond. He was again hospitalized in The Texas Hospital at Quitman Mississippi. He died there in November of 1863. The old memorial at the Confederate Cemetery in Quitman lists him incorrectly as T.H. Spochlar, 7th KY Inf. I have been unable to resolve the incorrect name and unit. The 7th KY was a Union Regiment.

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