By Charles Baker
The story as written by William Asbury Batson one and a half years before his death in 1910 in Coleman Texas.
I was born in Greenville County, South Carolina on November 21, 1841. My father J.D. Batson moved to Gilmer County, Georgia in the fall of 1846 and I was raised in that county on a stock farm.
In 1861 I enlisted in the Confederate Army in a Cavalry company that failed to organize. I then went with an uncle, my mother’s brother, W.P. Bishop, to Ashville, NC. And kept books for him until the spring of 1862 when I went to Hendersonville, Henderson County, NC. And married Margaret Heatherly on the 10th of April, 1862. Also on that day I enlisted in Company “B”, 64th N.C. Regiment, N.C. Volunteers and immediately went to camp in Greenville, Tennessee, where we organized a regiment and then was ordered to Knoxville, Tennessee.
My Colonel was named L.M. Allin, my Captain’s name was Will Janes and my First Lieutenant was B.G. Morris and I was elected Lieutenant as Cumberland Gap in 18634 and on the 9th day of October 1863 we was captured at Cumberland Gap by General Burnsides having been surrendered by Brigadier General Frazere, then we was by the Yankees carried to Johnson’s Island, Ohio and was sent to Point Lookout, Maryland for exchange and remained there about four months and I was by the U.S. Government sent to Fort Delaware where I kept in prison until June 12, 1865 and I was released after taking the Oath of Allegiance.
I then returned to Georgia where my father lived and my dear wife and lived in Georgia until 1868 when I moved to Conway County Arkansas and have ever been a true Democrat and when I am placed in the coffin for burial I want my friends to place in my coffin a $100 Confederate bill that I have kept for that purpose.
When Morrilton was incorporated William became the first city Marshal, also he served as Justice of the peace in 1904.
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This information was found in Civil War Veterans of Conway County Arkansas put together by the Conway County Genealogical Society. The book also contains one letter written by Margaret while he was a prisoner of war, that he never received. William Asbury Batson was my great grandfather.