Edward Burleson Estes, Co A, 7th Texas Infantry

My 3rd great uncle, Edward Burleson Estes, was also in the Battle of Franklin.

Rank, unit served with – Private, Company A, 7th Texas Infantry CSA

Any personal info about the soldier that you’re aware of – see below the questions

Was he wounded at Franklin? Captured? Missing? Killed? Not wounded or captured that I know of

Survive Franklin? Survive the war? Yes, Edward survived the battle and also the War.

Your exact relation? He is my 3rd great uncle

Burial place? – Ranger Cemetery, Ranger, Eastland County, Texas

Any pictures of the soldier: in uniform? Before or after the war? – Yes one photo of him in his older years with his son

Surviving letters, diaries, or documents you’re willing to share? Letters written mainly by his older brother, Aaron Estes to his wife – but Edward is referenced – neither the letters nor his service record cover the Battle of Franklin but end in about July or August of 1864.

The email address for you to be contacted? lisacsa@sbcglobal.net

Permission to re-publish your info in a web-based database so others can learn about him, and possibly contact you to ask questions or share info you might desire? Yes

This is in my Family Treemaker file on Edward:

From extant copies of Aaron and Edward’s letters to each other (collected by Dan Williams and transcribed by Floyd Smith), Edward was wounded and placed with a family on a farm during the time of the Battle of Jonesboro (at the end of the long siege of Atlanta by Sherman on his march to the sea). As his brother Aaron died shortly after the Battle of Jonesboro, Edward’s life was probably spared due to his wound. It was not stated in these letters exactly where Edward was while recovering from this wound.

Roger Estes, Edward’s great grandson states family history says that that Edward was shot in the thigh, but also wounded in the hip. He did recover enough to fight until the end of the war, being paroled May 2 or 25, 1865. Parole issued at Headquarters, Augusta, Georgia. His parole states “The bearer E.B. Estes a private in Company A, 7th Regiment, Texas Vols., a Paroled Prisoner of the Army commanded by Gen. J.E. Johnston, has permission to go to his home and there remain undisturbed, on condition of not taking up arms against the United States until properly relieved of the obligation of his Parole. By command of Brig. Gen. B.D. Fry (Original parole in possession of Roger Estes.) After his parole, Edward is said to have walked all the way home to Texas.

Significant of his character as a soldier, is the affidavit by Tilman Fowler (of Fresno, California) submitted at time of Edward’s pension application which states: “E.B. Estes’ service in Co. A 7th Texas Infantry, H.B. Granbury was the first Copr (afterwards General) John Gregg was the first Col. I was the orderly Sergeant of Co. A 7th Texas and I do know personally of the following facts. E.B. Estes was a meritorious soldier, his first battle was Fort Donalson where hewas captured, remained a prisoner seven months at Chicago, then exchanged and fought at Port Hudson, next Raymond where the 7th Texas lost over one half the men that went into the battle. Next battle Jackson, then Chicamauga, Missionary Ridge and all the battles between Gen Sherman and our army of Tennessee. He was under fire about fifty five different days. There was not a better soldier in the Confederate Army than E.B. Estes. Never grumbled either on account battle fatigue or starvation. SIGNATURE OF WITNESS: Tilman Fowler, SWORN AND SUBSCRIBED BEFORE ME, THIS 30TH DAY OF SEPT., A.D. 1913

At the time of Edward’s death in Rochester, Haskell County, Texas, on 11 January 1933, he was 88 years old. His occupation was listed as rock mason.

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