History Of The Prattville Dragoons
CAPT. WILBUR F. MIMS
COMPANY H, THIRD ALABAMA CAVALRY
WAR HISTORY OF THE PRATTVILLE
By CAPT. W. F. MIMS
Company H, Third Alabama Cavalry
Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama
Early in April, 1861, when our community was astir as to the important question of enlisting in some branch of military service in defense of our dear Southland, there appeared in our midst one Samuel D. Oliver, from Robinson Springs, a neighboring town, urging the necessity of organizing a company of cavalry. His endeavors were richly rewarded by a ready response of the best citizens of town and vicinity.
The work of a few days sufficed to secure a sufficient number to from the organization. Naturally there was much excitement. Many not being able to furnish their mounts were greatly discouraged. That great and good man, Daniel Pratt, so well known for deeds of charity and generosity supplied the deficiency at a cost of many hundred dollars.
Our noble women both old and young encouraged the cause by providing articles of comfort in the way of clothing, blankets, etc., their words of encouragement and general interest greatly modified the serious side of the situation. One of their first acts was to make a beautiful silk flag, which was presented to the company by Miss Abbie Holt. This scene occurred at the Academy April, 1861. After these exercises the company took up their march to the Montgomery Fair Grounds where they went into camp.
Here Captain Jesse Cox of Steamboat notoriety from Mobile, Alabama, united with the company as a private. The company was organized as follows:
Jesse Cox, Captain.
S. D. Oliver, First Lieutenant.
A. Y. Smithe, Second Lieutenant.
Adam Felder, Third Lieutenant.
Wm. Montgomery, Brevet Second Lieutenant.
T. J. Ormsby, First Sergeant.
R. M. Moncrief, Second Sergeant.
E. W. Parker, Third Sergeant.
J. L. Wainright, Fourth Sergeant.
W. F. Mims, Fifth Sergeant.
W. L. Knox, First Corporal.
John Cotton, Second Corporal.
Geo. W. Ward, Third Corporal.
J. M. Hall, Fourth Corporal.
A. S. McKeithen, Surgeon.
Norman Knox, Bugler.
H. F. DeBardeleben, Ensign and Commissary.
William Patterson, Farrier.
PrivatesóWilliam Booth, D. B. Booth, B. H. Booth, Jesse H. Booth, Britton Boon, Lucien Brown, Hiram Brown, W. N. Bush, Geo. O. Brosnaham, Mack Brewer, I. H. Cox, Thomas Carter, Adam Cloninger, John Cook, A. P. DeBardeleben, R. K. DeBardeleben, Geo. W. Durden, Warren Deavenport, Thomas Flynn, Henry Fralick, W. A. Graham, W. T. Goodson, W. T. Goodwin, Thomas Graves, Robert Graves, Y. P. Gordon, Robert Goodson, W. A. Goodson, J. M. Hill, T. B. Hill, A. Henchen, David Harrold, T. J. Hamilton, John Harris, B. F. Haynie, James Haynie, Mathew Hale, Gao. W. Hale, Henry A. Hale, Charles Herron, Julian Johnson, J. H. Jarrett, Harper James, Henry Kelly, H. J. Livingston, John Montgomery, A. McGruder, S. Mims A. D. Mims, D. C. McCord, O. H. McWilliams, A. T. Mitchell, A. C. Oats, S. H. Pearce, John Pearce, A. D. Pope, W. T. Rice, C. P. Riggs, E. A. Reese, Littleton Reese, Robert Roper, Jno. L. Raulinson, James Raulinson. C. W. Smith, V. J. Smith, T. L. Smith, W. J. Smith, Sidney Smith, T. W. Smith, John Stolenaker, Alison Scroggin, G. W. Sears, E. C. Stewart, Robert Ward, William White, M. S. Wadsworth, W. W. Wadsworth, John Wainright, Thomas Williams, John Wood, Jasper N. Thompson, Clinton Thompson.
Making 18 commissioned and non-commissioned officers and 82 privates, total 100, with two faithful colored cooks, Sandy House and Woodson Pope.
Immediately after its organization, orders were received to report to Pensacola, Florida, to become a part of General Bragg's army, then organizing for active service.
In due time, after many experiences entirely new to us, we arrived at our destination, realizing that patriotism and privation were inseparable companions.
A site on the bay, west of Pensacola, was selected for a camping ground, a more beautiful spot could not have been assigned us, in a grove fronting the bay, fanned and tanned by balmy gulf breezes, we remained for ten months being trained in the school of the soldier.
A book could be written on this life of the camp, its effect on different characters, the seasoning process, physically and morally developed wonderful surprises. Sickness, and even death visited our camp, furloughs and discharges were granted. New members came in to keep up the roll of the company. Thus our camp life of ten months passed, with the usual experiences of such a life. Alas, we had been dreaming a sweet dream.
The reverses that befell Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston in the early part of movements in the army of Tennessee was making a very unfavorable history for our Confederacy. We longed to mingle with the "Blue Coats" and try our skills with saber and navy pistol.