I wanted to share my GGG-GrandFathers Questionaire.
Tennessee Civil War Veterans' Questionnaires
1. State your full name and present post office address:
James Allen Halliburton, R.F.D. #2 Cumberland City, Tenn.
2. State your age now:
79 years 11 months 20 days
3. In what State and county were you born?
Dickson county, Tennessee
4. Were you a Confederate Or Federal soldier?
5. Name of your Company?
B; 50th Tenn.
6. What was the occupation of your father?
7. Give full name of your father:
Born at; in the county of State of; he lived at;
Give any particulars concerning him, ect.;
John D. Halliburton; ----;----; North Carolina; lived in N. Carolina
only a few years , coming toTenn. When a boy; none.
8.Madien in full of your Mother; She was the daughter of : (Full Name) And his wife
Julia Anne Parrott; Lettie Self; lived in N. Carolina
until they came to Tenn.
9. Remarks on Ancestry. Give here any and all facts possible in
reference to your parents, grandpartents, great-grandparents, ect;.
not included in foregoing as where they lived,offices held,
Revolutionary or other war service; what country they came from
to America; first setteled-county and state: always giving full
names (if possible), and never referringto aqn ancestor simply as
such without giving the name. It is desireable to include every fact
possible, and to that end the full and exact record from old bibles
should be appended on seperate sheets of this size, thus preserving the facts from loss.
Charles Halliburton and Sullivan were my other grand partents.
(N.B. in front of "Sullivan" was a name but was erased.)
10. If you owned land or other property at the opening of the war,
state what kind of property you owned, and state the value of your
property as near as you can:
I owned nothing.
11. Did you or your parents own slaves? If so how many?
12. If your parents owned land , state about how many acres:
13. State as near you can the value of all property owned by
your parents, including land, when the war was opened:
14. What kind of house did your parents occupy? State wheter it was
log house or frame house or built of other material, and state the
number of rooms it had:
Log house with 3 rooms
15. As a boy and young man , state what kind of work you did. If you
worked on a farm, state to what extent you plowed, worked with a
hoe and did other kinds of similar work. (Certain historians claim
that white men would not do work of this sort before the war.)
I worked on the farm, such as plowing, hoeing, clearing ground and all work that was to be done on a farm.
16. State clearly what kind of work your father did, and and what
duties of your mother were. State all the kinds of work done in
the house as well as you can remember- that is , cooking spinning,weaving, ect.:
Farther worked on the farm, and mother did all the general house work
and also did spinning and weaving.
17. Did your parents keep any servents? If so how many?
18.How was honest toil - as plowing, hauling and other sorts of
honest work of this class - regarded in this community? Was such
work considered respectable and honorable?
Such work was considered respectable and was honored.
19. Did white men in your community generally engage in such work?
20. To what extent were there white men in your community leading
lives of idleness and having others do thier work for them?
With very few exceptions there were none who were idle or had others
to do their work for them.
21. Did the men who owned slaves mingle freely with those who did
not own slaves, or did slaveholders in any way show by thier ac-
tions that they felt themselves better than respectable , honorable
men who did not own slaves?
They mingled freely with one another and did not show by their actions
that they thought themselves more respectable and honourable with
rare exception of course.
22. At the churches , at the schools, at public gatherings in general, did
slaveholders and non-slaveholders mingle on a footing of equality?
23.Was there a friendly feeling between slaveholders and non-
slaveholders in your community, or were they antagonistic to each
There was a friendly feeling between them.
24.In a political contest, in which one candidate owned slaves help
him any in winning the contest?
I can’t say whether or not that there would have been any differer
as I don’t remember witnessing such a circumstance.
25. Were the opportunities good in your community for a poor young
man , honest and industrious, to save up enough to buy a small
farm or go in business for himself?
26. Were poor , honest, industrious young men, who were ambitious to
make something of themselves, encouraged or discouraged by
I was so young that I am not competent to answer this in either way
tough I am of opinion that such a person would not have been dis-couraged.
27. What kind of school or schools did you attend?
Free public school
28. About how long did you go to school altogether?
Before the war I went about 3 months a year, in all 30 months, after
the war 10 months
29. How far was it to the nearest school?
1 ½ miles
30. What school or schools were in operation in your neigborhood?
A school called Billy People’s school because a man by that name was the teacher.
31. Was the school in your community private or public?
I think it was private. The people employing the teacher
though there may have been some public funds for it.
32. About how many in the year did it run?
33. Did the boys and girls in your coummunity attend school pretty
34. Was the teacher of the school you attend a man or a woman?
35. In what year and month and at what place did you enlist in the ser-
vice of the confedracy or of the Federal Government?
October 16, 1861 at Cumberland City, Tenn.
36. After enlistment, where was your company sent first?
Fort Donelson, Stewart Co. Tennessee on the Cumberland river.
37. How long after enlistment before your company engaged in battle?
2 or 3 months as well as I remember
38. What was the first battle you engaged in?
39. State in your own way your experience in the war from this time
on to its close. State where you went after the first battle-what
you did and what other battles you engaged in, how long they
lasted, what the results were; state how you lived in camp, how you
were clothed, how you slept, what you had to eat , how you
were exposed to cold, hunger and disease. If you were in the hospital or prison,
state your experience there:
Was sent to prison at Camp Douglas, Chicago where I was held for
seven months. We were exchanged in Aug. 1862 and sent to Vicksburg
Miss. then to Sweetwater, Miss. then sent back toward Vicksburg,
engaging in battle, the Yankees falling back to Vicksburg loosing
some provisions, annumition, artillery, ect.
Near Vicksburg we were sent to Port Hudson, Louisiana on the
Miss. River engaging in battle there on both land and water driving
the federals back and burning the federal vessal, the Old Miss. With
hot balls. From there I think we were moved to Jackson, Miss. Where
we were engaged in battle for 7 days and nights after which we with-
drew to Atlanta, Ga. And on our way from there to Chicamauga, the
train on which I was on had a collision and we didn’t get to Chicamaga
Though most of the army did… with several others was sent to the
hospital at Merrietta, Ga. Where I stayed 3 months. After this I was
In battle at Missionary Ridge, Tenn. Which lasted 1 day….Confederates
fell back and Yankees took possession that night….. next
battle was Franklin, though I was not in the battle as I was driving
a team but went through that place next morning after the battle..
Battle of Nashville where the Confederates were defeated and evacuated
and after some maneuvering and fighting surrendered under Lee’s
command in Virginia. I was not with the same company and branch of
service all through the war. In the first part of the fall fall 1863 I
was transferred at Atlanta, Ga. Names of officers and men: Capitain
Duffy, Captain Cobb Secretary Johnson. Wagon Master Dick Isbal.
George McClanahan, ------McClanahan.
40. When and where were you discharged?
In Dec. 1864 I was given a pass home where I had been since enlist
and never got back to my Co. it having been captured. I was given pass between Nashville and Pulaski.
41. Tell something of the trip home:
I walked home it taking 2 or 2 ½ days.
42. Give a sketch of your life since the close of the Civil War, stating
What kind of business you have engaged in, where you have lived,
Your church relations, etc. If you have held any office or offices,
state what it was. You may state here any other facts connected with your life and experience which has not been brought out by
43. What kind of work did you take up when you came back home?
Farming in Dickson and Houston Counties, Tennessee. I have been
living on the farm where I am now in Houston Co., Tenn. Over 40
I have met several though I don’t think of anything of any special
Importance or necessary to relate.
Captain George Stocker, Lt. Bell Moore, Lt. Birt Moore, Lt. Bill
Thomas, Sgt. Ned Thomas, SamWicham, Jim Shuff, George Shuff, Sam
Shuff, George Ventress, Book Cooksey, A.J. Blake, Tirrill Bledsoe,
Jim Lewis, Frank Williams, John Moore, Sam Davis Columus McAuley,
Roderick McAuley, Poke Hayes, Lige Hassel, Dan Black, John Hendri--
I do not have the end but will add later
Regards, Kenneth Halliburton