I’d like to submit the biographical info on my mother’s father’s mother’s father (my great-great grandfather) 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:
“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.”
Please feel free to share this information and edit it just as you’d like. I would be happy to hear from anyone interested. My e-mail address is: email@example.com The photo of Mr. Frederick is attached. Thanks again for all your hard work on this and best of luck.