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Army Record & Obituary of George Monroe Autry

    George Monroe AUTRY. He was the son of Jacob B. and Temperance EMBRY AUTRY. He was born at Salem, Ms. 4 Jan. 1842 and died at Rockport, Tx., 15 Feb. 1907 and is buried in Karnes County, Kenedy, Texas. George married Angeline Elmina WILSON (27 Nov. 1841 - 12 Mar. 1921) in Chewalla, McNairy County, Tenn. 17 Dec. 1857. His brother John A. and Caleb Cox went with them. (This Caleb Cox was the son of Elijah and Celia Horn Cox of Salem who lived in Purdy, McNairy County)

    Company was organized at Salem, Mississippi, in March 1862. Ben LAX was elected Captain. From there we went to Holly Springs, Mississippi, where we met nine other Companies from Tippah (my County) and Marshall Counties.

    We marched down to Lumkin Mill, nine miles south of Holly Springs, where we  organized the 34th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, elected Benton Colonel and D.B. WRIGHT, Lt. Colonel, and a few days afterwards we were camped at Corinth, Mississippi, and then we began to see what war really meant.

    We were placed in Gen. Anderson's Brigade, Beauregard's Army; from there we followed Gen. Bragg on his Kentucky Campaign. Soon after our return from Kentucky to Tennessee, we were placed in a Brigade with the 24th, 29th, and 30th Mississippi Regiments, and Gen. Wallthall, one of the greatest men of his time was our Brigade Commander.

    I was continuously with my command from its return from Kentucky until I was captured in the Battle above the Clouds, on the 24th day of November, 1863.

    I was engaged in all of the battles that the army of Tennessee was engaged in up to that time, of which Murfreesboro (or Stone River as History calls it) and Chickamauga are the principal ones. I think I was in several skirmishes that would make San Juan Hill in Cuba look like thirty cents.

    All orders that were read at Dress Parade would begin at Headquarters, Polk's Corps, Withers Division, Army of Tennessee.

    My Post Office Address those days was: G.M. AUTRY, Private, Company K., 34 Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, Polk's Corps, Withers Division, Wallthall Brigade, Army of Tennessee.

    I was confined in prison from the time I was captured, on Rock Island, Illinois until the ____ day of March, 1865, when I was exchanged at the mouth of the James River. Some few days later I received a furlough at Richmond, Virginia, for thirty days, and before I reached home, Gen. Lee surrendered his army.

    Obituary of George Monroe Cox in 1908 Confederate Veteran magazine

    George M. Autry was born near Salem, Tippah County, Miss., and died at Rockport, Tex., in February, 1907. He was left an orphan at an early age. He enlisted for the Confederacy in March, 1862, at Salem, Miss., joining a company of which Ben Lax was captain, and which afterwards became a part of the 34th Mississippi Infantry in Anderson's Brigade under Beauregard. From Corinth it was with General Bragg on his Kentucky Campaign. After returning to Tennessee, the regiment was placed in Walthall's Brigade. Comrade Autrey was continuously with his command until captured in the "battle above the clouds," Lookout Mountain, in November, 1863. He was in prison at Rock Island until March 13, 1865, when he was exchanged. He received a furlough a few days later, but before he reached home General Lee had surrendered.

    Comrade Autrey was married at Chewalla, Tenn., in December 1857, to Miss Angelina E. Wilson, who, with eight children, survives him. He removed with his family to Texas in 1869, settling near Houston. Removing afterwards to Guadalope County, he served for many years as Sherriff, and in 1895 he made his home at Kenedy, Karnes County, residing there until death.

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