- Discussing lately as we have been the Wards, I have a question; I recently
got the Confederate Pension file on my ancestor Moses Andrews (born 1824 SC;
d. 1886 Dale County; m. Martha Archer) and he is listed as having served in
"Capt. Dawson's Company of Alabama Home Guards" in Dale County.
Homer, do you (or anyone else) know if this is the Home Guard company that
had the famous shootout with Ward's Raiders? Does anyone have any other
information on anything else this Home Guard company might have done?
Martha Archer Andrews' Alabama Confederate Widows Pension application indicates Moses was a Private, Capt. Dawson's Company of Alabama Home Guards; that he was born September 09, 1824, in South Carolina, and died July 08, 1886, in Dale County.
I wasn't able to find much about "Capt. Dawson's Company of Alabama Home Guards", but as usual Homer came through on that; this is what he was able to tell me about them:
"Capt. George Dawson's State Reserve
Cavalry; at times I have seen this
company listed as being a part of
Barbiere's Battalion, Res Cavalry;
Dawson, from Perote, then in Pike,
now Bullock County went out first
as Capt, "Perote Guards" 1st Ala
Inf and after 12 month enlistments
expired, joined the 53d Cav as a
Lt; some time later, he returned to
Perote and organized his own
company; although his men were
mainly from that area, I have found
a number buried in most of the SE
The Pike County connection fits because the 1880 census shows Moses and Martha were living in Pike County, near Martha Archer Andrews' brother, Lodwick Archer, who was a Corporal, 54th. Alabama Infantry, Company A. Lodwick and Martha Archer grew up in Dale County.