1. Full names of soldier.
Samuel A. Farmer
2. Rank, unit served with, etc.
Private, Company A of the 39th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, “Simpson Grays”, Sears Brigade
3. Any personal info about the soldier that you’re aware of.
Samuel A. Farmer was born in GA about 1830, and as a very young child he moved with his family to Monroe County, AL. On May 15, 1850, it was there that he married Mary Ann Wright. Sam was a farmer and a “Minister of the Gospel.” He was an educated man of simple means, and he was not a slave holder. He and Mary Ann had five children: Lucinda Washington Farmer (my ancestor), Amanda Jane “Mandy” Farmer, Henry King Farmer (who became a minister also), Susan Ellender “Ellen” Farmer, and Ellfair “Ella” Farmer.
The Farmers temporarily moved to Covington County, MS about 1859, then on to Simpson County, MS the following year.
On April 5, 1862 Sam enlisted in Westville with Captain (later Major) R J. Durr for a period of 3 years. The records erroneously list his age as 22; he was 32 at the time he enlisted. His younger brother, Pvt. George Henry Farmer, served in the same unit and would have fought at Franklin as well.
4. Was he wounded at Franklin? Captured? Missing? Killed?
Sam was killed in action during the Battle of Franklin.
5. Survive Franklin? Survive the war?
Sam’s widow Mary Ann married William B. Gray in 1865.
Sam’s brother George Henry Farmer survived the war, and his name appears on the Indigent and Disabled Confederates List of 1865. He married Margaret Catherine “Kate” McLendon on January 7, 1875 in Simpson County, MS, and they had seven known children.
One of his sons, Jefferson Jackson Farmer, upon being interviewed in 1955 at the time of his 50th wedding anniversary with Ada Alphalona Coleman, proudly named his father as Confederate veteran “George Andrew Jackson Farmer.”
6. Your exact relation?
I am a third great-granddaughter of Samuel A. Farmer.
7. Burial place?
McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Section 24 – Mississippi – Grave 31
8. Any pictures of the soldier: in uniform? Before or after the war?
No. I hope to discover one some day.
9. Surviving letters, diaries, or documents you’re willing to share?
I have very little. Please see attached copies of service cards I have found on Fold3 and a grave marker photograph which was added by “james brooks christoffersen” to Find A Grave Memorial # 6538857.
I would like to add that the Battle Flag of the 39th MS was captured by the 4th Minnesota at the Battle of Allatoona in GA on October 5, 1864, and the remnants are in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul. Photo reproductions of a painting of the flag are for sale on its website. I am also attaching a copy of the photographed painting.
10. The email address for you to be contacted?
cmcsmith at bellsouth.net
11. 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?