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CSA LT Mark V. Jarrett, transcription 1903 biography

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Image of photos of Mr. Mark V. and Mrs. Rebecca (Mann) Jarrett. From: 1903 edition, An illustrated history of north Idaho: embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho. Date of photo of Mark unknown, but it was published in 1903, three years after his death in 1900.
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"Mark V. Jarrett, deceased.  Among the old timers and hardy pioneers of this section there is none better known than was Mark V. Jarrett, who passed from toils of earth to the realities of another world on August 25, 1900.  He was born in Kanawha County, West Virginia, on July 22, 1834, the son of Squire and Sarah (Price) Jarrett.  

The father was born in the same county on January 6, 1812, was an eminent man of his place and died June 7, 1887.  The mother was born in Virginia in 1813, married in 1832, and now lives in Kanawha county.  Our subject was reared and educated in his native place and was a well informed man.  He engaged in mercantile business and was also a natural mechanic. 

At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Nineteenth Virginia Cavalry and served throughout the war without a wound.  He was first lieutenant of Company G.  After the war, Mr. Jarrett came to Montana, and thence to Warren.  In 1868 he came to the prairie and worked for L.P. Brown, then took a pre-emption and later returned to West Virginia, where he was married, and returned with his bride to the west. 

In 1872 he took up a general farming and stock raising and prospered.   During the Indian war he took his family to Mt. Idaho and was himself one of the volunteer guards.  Mr. Jarrett left an estate of half a section, well improved and stocked, besides some property in Grangeville.  He had the following brothers and sisters:  James M., Edward, French, Matilda Minerva Levett, Betty Jackson, Kate Berchie, Levy, deceased.

On October 30, 1871, Mr. Jarrett married Miss Rebecca A., daughter of William W. and Martha H (Littlepage) Mann.  The father was born in Virginia, in 1800, was a cabinet maker, removed to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and there died in 1862.  The mother was born in September 1817, raised a family of seven children, which entailed much hardship and deprivation after her husband died.  She died on November 19, 1879. 

Mrs. Jarrett was born on July 7, 1845, at White Sulphur Springs, in Greenbriar County, West Virginia.  She has seven brothers and sisters, Francis Carr, Mary C. Porter, Nancy Thayer, Ella Punderson, Virginia Reece, Martha Moore, deceased, William H. 

Five children survive Mr. Jarrett, Mattie C. born September 12, 1872, Sarah F. Pugh, born December 12, 1873, Mont M. born September 21, 1873, Wallace I., born February 22, 1879; Maria A, born July 7, 1881.  Mr. Jarrett was an active Democrat and his wife is of the same political faith.  She is a member of the Methodist church."

At the time of the Indian war, Mrs. Jarrett and Mrs. Hanson cooked for the soldiers and fed all hungry men that came to the fortifications and her husband furnished the beef, flour, and so forth.  She was a pioneer here in 1872, and was one of the earliest women on the prairie.  Mrs. Jarrett has nobly taken up the burdens since her husband’s death and in managing the estate in a commendable manner."

  • Denver, Idaho
  • 1903

CSA LTC John Lane, transciption1899 biography

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Special US Indian Agent John Lane, formerly a Confederate artillery colonel under Robert E. Lee. John Lane was the son of General Joseph Lane, first territorial governor of Oregon, Oregon's first US senator, and the running mate of John Breckinridge in 1860 against Abraham Lincoln.
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"Colonel John Lane, the senior member of the law firm of Lane & McDonald, has long resided on the Pacific coast, but has made his home in Lewiston for only two years. In that time, however, he has gained prestige as one of the ablest members of the bar of this locality, and is therefore a valued addition to the professional circles of the city.

A native of the state of Indiana, Colonel Lane was born in Evansville, May 17, 1837. His ancestors were of Irish and French stock and were early settlers of North Carolina, where they founded the city of Raleigh one hundred years before America sought her independence through the power of arms. Several of the family held military commissions under General Washington, in the Revolutionary war, and the family has always been celebrated for bravery and valor in battle.

General Joseph Lane, the father of the Colonel, was born in North Carolina, December 14, 1801, and became a brevet major general in the Mexican war. He was appointed by President James K. Polk to go to Oregon and organize the territorial government there before the expiration of the president's term. With all expedition he started across the plains, in the fall of 1848, with a small escort of the regiment of mounted rifles. On the approach of the winter, he turned aside and passed through New Mexico and Arizona, finally reaching San Diego, California, where he took a schooner for Yuba Buena, afterward San Francisco.

From that point he proceeded by schooner to the mouth of the Columbia, after which, with Indians and canoes, he proceeded up the Columbia to Willamette, and up that river to Oregon City, where he arrived March 3, 1849. He immediately issued the proclamation organizing the territory of Oregon. This was just the day previous to the close of Mr. Polk's administration, so that he made the long and perilous journey and performed his mission just in time.

He then took up his abode in the new territory, and in 1851 was elected its delegate to congress. When Oregon became a state he was its first United States senator, and in i860 he was a candidate on the Democratic ticket for vice-president, Breckinridge being the nominee for president. Soon afterward he returned to Roseburg, Oregon, where he retired from active life. He died there on the 19th of April, 1881, at the age of eighty years, and his death was probably hastened by the wounds which he sustained in the Mexican war and in the Indian wars in Oregon. In early life he had married Miss Mary Hart, a native of Kentucky, and to them were born ten children, six of whom are yet living. The mother died in 1870.

Colonel Lane, the eighth of the family, acquired his education in Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia, and in his twentieth year he was appointed by President Pierce a cadet at large to West Point, where he remained until March, 1861, when he resigned, and at the opening of the civil war entered the Confederate service as a second lieutenant.

He was ordnance officer and drill master at Fort Pulaski, and subsequently was ordered to Virginia, where he was attached as drill master to a company of artillery. He was on the staff of General G. W. Smith as aid-de-camp and later was captain of a battery of artillery. He participated in twenty-three battles, and at the siege of Petersburg, at the close of the war, he held the rank of lieutenant colonel in command of a battalion of artillery. He was three times slightly wounded. His training at West Point, combined with his devotion to the cause he espoused, made him a most valued and brave representative of the southern cause.

After the war Colonel Lane visited his father in Oregon, and was induced by him to engage in the stock business, which he carried on successfully for a number of years in Douglas County, Oregon. He also engaged in mining at the Black Sand mines on the coast, and took out one hundred thousand dollars, but it was such difficult work that the cost of carrying it on was as great as the returns.

In the meantime, while engaged' in stock-raising, Colonel Lane had read law under the direction of his brother, L. F. Lane, who afterward became a member of congress, but before beginning practice he served in public office, first filling the position of assessor of Coos county. Later he was elected and served for two consecutive terms as sheriff of the county. In 1883, being in Salem, Oregon, with prisoners at the time the supreme court was in session, he was invited by one of the supreme judges to take the examination for admission to the bar. With no idea of engaging in practice, he consented, and acquitted himself most creditably, thus becoming a member of the legal profession. He then completed his term as sheriff, after which he took up the practice of law at Roseburg with his brother, L. F. Lane.

In 1893 Colonel Lane went to Washington, D. C, where he had the pleasure of seeing President Cleveland inaugurated, and was by him appointed Indian agent, in which capacity he served until March, 1896, when he was ordered to report to Washington, and was appointed by Hoke Smith, secretary of the interior, to the position of special Indian agent and afterward appointed Indian inspector. He capably filled that office until June, 1897, when he retired and has since devoted his energies to the private practice of law.

In the summer of that year he visited Lewiston, and being greatly pleased with the city and its excellent outlook he determined to locate here. He arrived October 19, 1897, and, on the hill just above the town, the stage on which he was riding was held up and robbed. Opening an office, he has within two years secured a large clientage and has been connected with most of the important litigation heard during this period. The firm of Lane & McDonald take precedence of many others of longer standing, and their devotion to the clients' interests, combined with their skill in argument, insures them a continuance of the law business of Lewiston and the surrounding country.

In 1878, Mr. Lane was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Sherrard, of Coos County, Oregon. Five children have been born to them, of whom four are living: Joseph W., Roy C, Winifred and Lorena. The family reside in one of the nice homes of Lewiston, and the Colonel and his wife are held in high regard. Socially he is a representative of the Ancient Order of United Workmen."



  • Lewiston, Idaho
  • 1899

John Lane, transcription an 1861 letter of introduction

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Page 38

This letter, taken from Footnote files, is from "RW Johnson" to Jefferson Davis, regarding young John Lane.  John Lane had recently resigned from his position at West Point Acaemy at the start of the War Between the States, and was the son of General Joseph Lane.

RW Johnson (Robert Ward Johnson) was at the time of this letter of introduction serving as US Senator (Democrat) from Arkansas. His letter of introduction for John Lane was one of Johnson's last official correspondences as a US Senator.  Johnson resigned a week later on 3 March 1861,  becoming a delegate to the Provisional Confederate Government, and later the Confederate Senator from Arkansas in 1862.

In paragraph 1, "left" was orignially a strike through by the writer.  In paragraph 2, "#######" is a very heavy original strike through of a word that appears to be "servant".  If so, Johnson's original wording was "servant son" of Genral Joseph Lane--likely originally meaning "son in military service".  Realizing the construction was clumsy, Johnson redacted the word.




                                                Feb 24th/61

His Excellcy

                Jeffn Davis

                                Dear Sir

                                                I present to

you Mr John Lane who has

just left resigned his place

at the West Point Academy &

goes forthwith to tender you

his sword with his allegiance.

                In saying to you that

he is the ####### son of Genl

Joseph Lane. & that he goes of

of his own will & wishes.

but with the blessings of

his father, committed to you

for the love of the South, I

know with what feeling

you will look upon him.

He only asks service knowing

that under your standard it

will not be without thought.

                With great respect yrs

                                RW Johnson


  • Washington, DC
  • 24 February 1861

CSA PVT Lycurgus Vineyard, transcription of 1919 obituary

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Idaho County Free Press. Confederate veteran Lycurgus Vineyard was instrumental in development of the Territory of Idaho into a State. He was associated with early political figures, and a member of the Idaho Constitution Convention.
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Source:  Thursday March 20, 1919, Idaho County Free Press


Judge Vineyard is Borne to Grave by Soldiers

Boys on way home from overseas are pallbearers for pioneer lawyer.

Friend of Gov. Hawley

Member of Convention which framed Idaho Constitution—Always a Democrat

With returning soldiers from France members of Company E, Grangeville bearing his body to its last resting place, the remains of Judge Lycurgus Vineyard, of Grangeville, were buried Saturday morning in Normal Hill cemetery, Lewiston. Judge Vineyard died Friday morning of last week in St. Joseph's hospital, Lewiston. Death was due to paralysis. He was 71 years old.

The death of Judge Vineyard brings to a close a life which has been identified with the history of Idaho since pioneer days. Settling in an early day in Hailey, then the seat of old Alturas County, which long since passed into history, Judge Vineyard for years practiced law in south Idaho. In 1887 he was a member of the constitutional convention which framed the Idaho constitution, and he was among the last survivors of that historic body.

Friend of Jim Hawley

Judge Vineyard numbered among his closet friends ex Gov. James H. Hawley, whom he had known for many years. Always Governor Hawley was to Judge Vineyard just plain "Jim," and it was with a particular degree of feeling that the two met in Grangeville last summer when the governor was touring the state in the interest of his campaign for nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Judge Vineyard located in Grangeville more than twenty years ago.
Judge Vineyard, to almost his dying day took active interest in affairs of state. He had been a member of the state legislature, and throughout his entire life was an uncompromising Democrat. He was regarded as a man of high character and deep intelligence. Although in recent years failing health had prevented him from actively engaging in the practice of law, he was reluctant to yield and even last summer despite counsel of his friends he filed his nomination for probate judge of Idaho County.

Only a Little Eye Trouble

"Oh, I'm all right," he would say, when told by his friends that he was too old to discharge the duties of probate judge. "I'm all right. Just a little trouble with my eyes, that's all. I can have a stenographer do my writing, if I am elected probate judge."

Judge Vineyard is survived by a son, Lt. Richard Vineyard, in the U.S. Army in France, and by a daughter, Mrs. Russell Case, of Vancouver, WA.

  • Grangeville, Idaho
  • 20 March 1919

1862: Corporal Andrew B. Rooke's power of attorney

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1862 witnessed power of attorney for Andrew B. Rooke

The following 1862 power of attorney by Andrew B. Rooke was transcribed from the image files at  Referenced in the letter were Captain Charles I. Lewist and Lieutenant Hobart M. Dickinson, both of Company I, 8th Virginia Cavalry Regiment.

Know all men by these presents that I A.B. Rooke of the County of Giles & State of Virginia a Corporal in Capt. C. I. Lewis Troop of Kanawha Rangers 8th Regiment of Va. Cavalry & Floyds Brigade do hereby appoint & I have hereby appointed Lieut. H. M. Dickinson my true & lawful attorney to settle & receive all monies & dues that may be & are coming to the aforesaid A.B. Rooke from the disbursing or Paymasters Department of the Confederate States of America at Richmond (for services rendered for 1 month & five days from the 2th May 1861 to to July 1, 1861. & my aforesaid attorney to render such receipts and other instruments of writing as is necessary in the premises—hereby ratifying & confirming whatever my aforesaid attorney may do.

As witness my hand & seal this the 20th day of January 1862.

                                                                A.B. Rooke

Giles County Va. to wit-}               of the County Giles & State Va.


This day A.B. Rook^ personally appeared before me Guy D French of the aforesaid County & State (a justice of the peace & acknowledge the above power of attorney to be his act & deed Jany 20th 1862

                                                                Guy D. French   J.P



This copy was made in The M.S Office

War Dept., August 1906, from original

Record, which was then returned to the Sec-

Retary of Va. Military records, Richmond,

Va., by whom it had been loaned to The

M.S. Office

                                M.S.O. No 1151863


  • Giles County, Virginia
  • 20 January 1862

CSA LT George M.E. Shearer, transcription 1890 obituary

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Headstone of Confederate veteran George M. Shearer. Shearer, appointed Major in the Washington Territorial militia during Nez Perce conflict, led a group of local volunteers to assist the US troops under attack at White Bird Canyon.
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Source:  January 10, 1890 Idaho County Free Press

In Memoriam—Geo. M. Shearer

George M. Shearer, whose death on Jan. 2 we briefly announced last week was born at Winchester, Va., on January 3, 1841. He received his education at Tuscorara Academy, Penn., and went to California in 1854, and resided in Yuba county until 1859, when he crossed the plains and returned to his old home.

At the breaking out of the ar of the rebellion he espoused the southern cause and enlisted in Gen'l Bradley Johnston's line regiment of Maryland volunteers, and saw hard and active service as a lieutenant in the Confederate army until his capture and confinement at Fort Delaware. The details of his marvelous escape were published in the Free Press of October 18, 1889, and are therefore fresh to the recollection of our readers. He was several times wounded in the war.

After his escape from the Federal prison he came directly to Idaho in the fall of 1865 and has made Idaho county his home ever since, having settled and located the place at the mouth of Elk creek on Salmon river known as Shearer's ferry. He was an active volunteer in the Nez Perce war of 1877, and carried two bullets in his body as souvenirs of the memorable fight against the Indians on July 5.

He had served several terms in the Idaho legislature and was appointed clerk of the district court in and for Idaho county in 1888, which position he held down to the days of his death. He won his commission as Major for gallant services in the Nez Perce war, and in those days he was brave to the verge of recklessness and fear was unknown to him.

For the last few years he had been a sufferer from acute rheumatism, and dually from aneurism of the heart. In October last he revisited his old home for the purpose of getting medical relief for his ailments, but they were unable to cure him and he returned home with the knowledge that his days were numbered.

On December 20, 1883, he was married to Miss Carrie Vollmer, as sister of J.P. Vollmer, of Lewiston. Three children were the fruits of the marriage, two boys and a girl, the youngest child being born January 20, 1889. He was a man of great physical strength and force of character, shrewd in business and enterprising. Thus one by one death lays his pallid hand upon the pioneers and removes to that other shore across the dark river which we all must cross when our life is done. To the stricken family the community extends its heartfelt sympathy.

  • Grangeville, Idaho
  • 10 January 1890

George M.E. Shearer, transcription 1863 letter frm Bradley T. Johnson

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Gearge M.E. Shearer Drill Master
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The following transcription, from Footnote image files, is a letter of recommendation for George M.E. Shearer, by then Colonel Bradley T. Johnson.  Shearer had two middle names.  These initials were used either together or sometimes exclusively.  In this case, Bradley Johnson used Shearer's middle initial "E".


Hd. Qtrs Md Line
Hanover Junction Dec 2d 1863
Hnr Jas. A. Siddon
Secty of War

I have the honor to request the appointment of Mr. Geo. E. Shearer as 1st Lieut PA.C.S. and drill master in his assignment to duty to Lt Col Brown 1st Md Cav.

Mr. Shearer was one of my lieutenants in the Company I brought to Va. He served this first year of the war in the distinguished merit, and gallantry. Going to Md after this year of his company expired, he was arrested, trying to raise men, & since for sixteen months been in the Yankee prisons, wherein he lately escaped by an act of singular daring. His appointment will be the approximate reward of a deserving officer, and be of benefit to the service.

Bradley T. Johnson
Col. Comdg

  • Hanover Junction, Virginia
  • 2 December 1863

George M. Shearer meets General Johnson again

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Photo: Genealogical Library, Grangeville Centennial Library, Idaho

The following transcription from the 18 October 1889 Idaho County Free Press (page 5, col 2).  It is a reprinted article on George M. Shearer that originally appeared in the The Baltimore Sun.  It mentons Shearer's excape from Federal capture, and that there were two different George Shearers in Confedeate service at the time.

Soldiers report Delayed Twenty-five Years.

On the fourth of July, 1864, when General Early crossed the Potomac at Shepherdstown, Lieutenant George M. Shearer was sent by General Bradley T. Johnson with a squad of Maryland cavalry into Hagerstown to see if any Yankee troop were in that town. 

Yesterday morning, twenty-five years later, Lieutenant Shearer walked into General Johnson’s office and laughingly reported that he had found plenty of Yankees there.  He would have reported sooner, he said, but circumstance beyond his control prevented him.  The fact is, he had been taken prisoner in Hagerstown, and confined in For Delaware. 

Lieut. Shearer went into the confederate army in May, 1861, and served through the war in the Maryland Line, except during the intervals when he was a prisoner.   After the war he went to Idaho.  His curiosity and love of adventure had not been entirely gratified by his four years’ experience in the confederate army, and he engaged in the Indian wars in the west.  He now carries somewhere in his body two bullets as souvenirs of the notorious Nex Perces, Chief Joseph, who, ten years ago, made one of the most famous resistance to United States troops that has taken place since the Black Hawk war. 

The confederate lieutenant is now Major Shearer, having won his commission as major in the Territorial Volunteers.  He has served several terms in the Idaho Legislature and is now clerk of the United States District Court in that territory.  This is the first time he has been east since the close of the war, and he felt in duty bound to make his report to the general—a report which, though long delayed, got there just the same. 

While a prisoner at Fort Delaware, Lieutenant Shearer was the victim of a curious mistake.  A man whose name was the same as his had been convicted by court-martial at Fort McHenry of killing the provost marshal of Martinsburg, W. Va. and had been sentenced to fifteen years penal servitude.  He escaped from fort McHenry just about the time Lieutenant Shearer was taken to Fort Delaware. 

Gen. Morris, commander of Fort McHenry, heard of the arrest and sent an order to put Lieutenant Shearer at work at once.  The Lieutenant naturally remonstrated against this, insisting on proving an alibi.  He was promptly marched off before two bayonets, however, and put to work with the chain gang, clad in the uncomfortable, if picturesque, costume of a convict. 

On his way, while arguing with guards, he met a Union officer who knew him, and who immediately had him sent to Fort McHenry for identification.  Some time previous to his capture in Hagerstown Lieutenant Shearer had been captured and confined in Fort McHenry and had escaped. 

When he was taken before General Morris for identification that officer recognized him at once, but, not reconnecting the circumstances, the Shearer then standing before him was six feet two and a half inches tall, while the escaped Shearer was but five feet and six inches in height. 

He was then sent to the Old Capitol prison whence he escaped while the guards were within fifteen feet of him.  He was in a room with Clagett Fitzhugh.  Two guards were set to watch them, and these were continually pacing beneath the window.  They would stand directly under the window, with backs together, and walk off fifteen paces, turn about, walk toward each other till they met, turn and go back again. 

The prisoners tore a blanket into strips, and Shearer was requested to go first.  While the guards were walking away from each other Shearer slid down the improvised rope, which was immediately hauled up by Fitzhugh, and then Shearer coolly walked up past one of the guard, who paid no attention to him, not thinking he was one of the prisoners.  He went up the street, came down on the other side and coolly sat on the curbstone opposite his prison to wait for Fitzhugh. 

After waiting for some time without Fitzhugh’s making an appearance, he began to whistle for him.  The guards ordered him to stop and move on, to which he replied “Oh, all right old fellow; if you don’t like my society about here, reckon I’ll be a-movin’,” and he moved.  Fitzhugh did not attempt to escape.  Shearer was sent south through the assistance of the wife of a Union officer who gave him one of her husband’s old uniforms, which was of great assistance to him—The Baltimore Sun 


  • Baltimore, MD
  • 18 October 1889

Andrew B. Rooke, Company I, 8th VA Cavalry muster roll

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Map No. 27, 4-5 October 1864; by Jed. Hotchkiss, Confederate States of America. Army of Northern Virginia. Julius Bien & Co., 1895. SGT Andrew B. Rooke's Company I, 8th VA Cavalry engaged; company papers and records were captured by the Federalists.

The following is a transcription of the company muster for Idaho Confederate pioneer Andrew B. Rooke's unit--Company I, 8th VA Cavalry, dated 31 October 1864, taken from the Footnote files. 

From a separate muster record, at the time of this muster on 31 October 1864, Rooke's Company I was located at Oak Hill, Virginia.  The events referred to in the following transcription indicate the company records were captured in the cavalry engagement at Bridgewater. 

The 8th VA Cavalry was under the brigade command of Confederate Brigadier General Bradley T. Johnson.  At Bridgewater, Confederate cavalry engaged and were defeated by Brigadier General George A. Custer from Sheridan's command. 

Confederate cavalry forces were attempting catch, capture or kill Federal marauders which had wantonly destroyed over 2,000 civilian barns, the Valley's wheat crop, hay, farming implements, 70 mills, food stores, livestock and over 4,000 head of sheep (wool) in the Shenandoah.  Federalits actions against the civilian population forced severe depravation and starvation upon the population in the ensuing winter of 1864-1865.

[See source: John H. Worsham, 1912.  One of Jackson's Foot Cavalry: His Experience and What He Saw During the War 1861-1865, Including a History of "F Company," 21st Regiment Virginia Infantry, Second Brigade, Jackson's Division. New York: The Neale Publishing Company.]



Co. I, 8 Regiment Virginia Cavalry

Company Muster roll of the organization named above for Feby 29 to Oct 31 1864

Shows station of company, not stated

This muster roll is made out to the 31th day of Oct 1864, in consequence of Orders from the Hd Qrs of this Cav Corps, Genl Fitz Lee.  The men are to be paid to the 31st  Owing to the exigencies of the service of this Regt could not be mustered on the 31st Aug 1864, and hence Gen Lee orders that all the men who were present when mustered in 31st of Oct 1864 be paid on these to the 31st day of Aug 1864.  Also the men who are now present.  Having lost our company papers at Bridgewater by being captured by the enemy.  I certify on honor that the commutation of clothing is as near correct as I can make it. day of Aug 1864.

W.B. Bannister Lt

Comdg Co I “8” Va Cav,

Jul. 11, 50815156 1912

  • Oak Hill, VA
  • 31 October 1864

CSA SGT Andrew B. Rooke, obituary

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Cottonwood Cemetery, Idaho County, Idaho. Company I, 8th Virginia Cavalry.


Source:  Cottonwood Chronicle Vol. 89, No. 4 Friday, 9 January 1931


Early Pioneer Passes at Age of Ninety Years—Left Many Friends

Andrew B. Rooke, oldest resident of Cottonwood in the matter of age and one of its oldest pioneer citizens, answered the final roll call at an early hour Sunday morning, being ninety years and one month of age at the time of his death.

Born at Maiden, West Virginia, December 5, 1840, Mr. Rooke served in the confederate army throughout the war between the states as a member of company I of the eighth Virginia cavalry and participated in virtually all of the major engagements.  He was twice wounded, once quite severely and his life was despaired of for several weeks.  Serving under Early, he took part in one raid which took them within pistol shot of the national capitol at Washington, D.C., and during the raid they continued on north to Chambersburgh, Pa., which town was burned.

In 1867, two years after being mustered out of the service, he was united in marriage to Miss Nannie Harriman and after twelve years the family started on a drive from their West Virginia home across the plains to Idaho territory, landing at Cottonwood then merely an outpost of civilization.  The trip was made in a covered wagon drawn by horses, and was fraught with much danger from the Indians.

Reaching this place in 1879, Mr. Rooke took up a homestead on what is now McDonald farm several miles east of town and resided there until 1894.  The growth of Cottonwood and the heavy travel between Lewiston and the mines of Idaho county pointed out the advantage of a hotel at that time and Mr. Rooke erected the St. Albert hotel here.  This hostelry was noted far and wide for ist good meals and beds and its general popularity.  No one was turned away hungry in those pioneer days and many a weary sojourner had Mr. and Mrs. Rooke to thank for a warm meal and a bed when the price of admission was not to be had.

Mr. Rooke continued in business here until about a year before the disastrous fire of 1908.  Later he acquired another building which he conducted as a rooming house until about seven years ago when he retired.

The deceased was always interested in the welfare and up-building of his town and community.  His purse was always open to the worthy cause or needy individual.

He leaves beside his widow a daughter and three sons:  Mrs. Margret Jones, of Whitebird; W.L. Rooke, of Oreana, in Owyhee county; James Rooke, of Sweetwater, and John L. Rooke, of Cottonwood.  Two sons died during early childhood.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the local Methodist church, Rev. Philip Clapp preaching the sermon in which he paid especial tribute to the pioneer citizens and the hardships they withstood in settling up the far western country.  The song service was by Mrs. J.C. Comstock and Mrs. Weston Henry, of Grangeville, A.C. Chance and Rev. Clapp, Mrs. Woodstock accompanying at the organ.

At the grave the committal service was that of the Odd Fellow lodge, the ritual spoken by Rev. Robert Jameson and Edgar Chase of Grangeville.  Pall bearers were Riley Rice, C.T. Staal, E.T. Jones, G.W. Tarbet, W.W. Flint and T. Galloway, all members of the order of which the deceased had been a member for many years.

Hundreds of persons from all parts of the prairie, Salmon river country and Lewiston were present to pay their last respects to the deceased and the church was not able to hold the assemblage.  Funeral arrangements were by the Brower-Wann establishment of Lewiston.


To the many friends who came to our aid in every way to help and comfort us in the loss of our dear husband, father and grandfather, we desire to express our appreciation and thanks.  We also thank the Odd Fellow lodge for conducting the funeral service and the friends for the many beautiful floral offerings

Mrs. A.B. Rooke and family

  • Cottonwood, Idaho
  • 4 January 1931

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