Monday, October 15, 2007

One of the last real Sons of a Confederate Veteran

I had an opportunity today to spend a few minutes conversing with Mr. Newton Brooks of Chattahoochee, Florida. Mr. Brooks is one of the last real sons of a Confederate veteran. His father fought as a member of Forrest's cavalry during the campaign resulting in the Battle of Johnsonville, Tennessee.

Mr. Brooks told a fascinating story of how his father became involved with Forrest and his men. Apparently his father was too young to join the service at the time, but went to visit two older brothers who were serving in the Confederate army. Since Forrest's command was about to launch its move into Tennessee, his father simply stayed with the command and went along for the "adventure." He fought at Johnsonville and was involved in the well known capture of a Union steamboat carrying a shipment of badly needed shoes. Mr. Brooks remembers his father describing how each of the Confederates carried away several pairs of shoes, trying on various ones until they finally picked out the ones they liked best.

His father, he says, never actually enlisted in the Confederate service, but fought with Forrest's men never the less. In later years, when the state of Tennessee offered his father a Confederate pension, it was declined by Mr. Brooks' father on the grounds that the family was not in need.

The current Mr. Brooks is a fascinating individual and one of the last of a disappearing generation. But, as he put it best, he's "still kicking."

1 comment:

Al Barrs said...

Like Dale Cox, I had contact with and listened to his stories about the War Between the States when I was a farm boy. J. P. Morgan was my great grandfather and his father was wounded at the Battle of Ocean Pond or Olustee. Grandpa Morgan would be brought to our farm home for a day so Mom could look out after him and make sure he had good meals. He would sit on the porch in a rocking chair while I sat on the floor beside him. His favorite topic was The War. Some of the things he told me convinced me later as an adult that much of the history of The War has been revised to fit a false ideology. After much research, as a adult and I am now 69, I know he was right and much of the revisionist history is not. To learn the truth one must read documents, news papers and letters of the period, not books by authors who have agendas. Al Barrs