★★★ -Featherston, Lucius

Lucius Featherston:
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Born: 1834
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Birthplace: Mississippi
Father: Edward Featherston 1796 – 1857
(Buried: Camargo Cemetery Nettleton Mississippi)
Mother: Rebecca Wilcox Alston 1799 – 1890
(Buried: Baskin and Cousin Cemetery Buena Vista Mississippi)
Wife: Never Married

Education:
1854: Graduated from University of Mississippi

Occupation before War:
A
ttorney in Clarendon Monroe County Arkansas

Civil War Career:
1861: Major of Arkansas State Troops during Battle of Wilson's Creek
1861 – 1862: Captain of Company F 5th​ Arkansas Infantry Regiment
1862 – 1863: Colonel of 5th​ Arkansas Infantry Regiment
1863: Killed in battle during the Battle of Chickamauga Georgia


Died:
September 19, 1863
Place of Death: Chickamauga Georgia
Age at time of Death: 28 or 29 years old
Original Burial Place: Chickamauga Battlefield
Burial Place: Confederate Cemetery Marietta Georgia




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danny

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Allow me to add a few comments regarding Featherston:

5/23/62 Lee to Beauregard-Letters have been rec’d from Col J A Orr [31st​ Ms] at Saltillo, Col Tucker [41st​ Ms] at Saltillo & Verona, & from Col Barry [35th​ Ms] reporting his Regt at West Point all fully organized & ready for their arms & equipment. The only arms available have been sent to you at Corinth & the Regts will be directed to report to you if you can arm them. Col Orr also requests these 3 Regts be organized into a Bgde for Gen Featherston. If the Regts report to you, then Bgde compositions can be determined on. The President desires, & the law authorizes that troops from the same state shall compose Bgdes.

10/27/62 Lee to Adjt Gen-requesting promotions:
Carnot Posey to Brig Gen replacing Featherston absent sick

11/6/62 R.E. Lee to Davis-…I find on my arrival that Gen Featherston has returned to his Bgde. I do not know what to disposition to make of him. I shall have to withdraw the commission of Col Posey unless he can be placed in service in Miss.

Featherston had returned to duty somewhat unexpectedly. Apparently, until almost the eve of Featherston’s decision to go South, the transfer of Posey to some other army was under consideration.

Featherston had decided he preferred duty in the Gulf states. The delayed appointment of Posey became effective.
Lee’s Lieutenants-Freeman



Official Records Vol 21
Special Orders,) Hdqrs. Army of Northern Virginia, No. 19.) January 19,1863
VII. Agreeably to instructions from the Secretary of War, Brig. Gen. W. S. Featherston is relieved from duty with this army, and will proceed to Jackson, Miss., and report for duty to General J. E. Johnston, commanding Army of the West, or, should he be absent, to Lieut. Gen. J. C. Pemberton, commanding in Mississippi. He will take with him Capt. W. R. Barksdale, assistant adjutant-general, and Maj. L. S. Scruggs, quartermaster, who are hereby relieved from further duty with this army.
VIII. Brig. Gen. C. Posey will report to Lieut. Gen. J. Longstreet for assignment to the command of the brigade formerly commanded by General Featherston.

1/22/63 Gen Baldwin has been ordered to a command at Vicksburg. He visits the 14th​ Ms to bid them farewell.

1/31/63 the 22nd Ms was assigned to Rust's Bgde, Loring's Div, the Ms Regts of which constituted Featherston's Bgde after Feb.

2/1/63 In Jan 1863, Gen Featherston, was transferred from the Army of Northern Virginia to Ms. Gen Featherston was a prominent attorney in Holly Springs at the start of the war & entered CS service by raising a Co of Vols in that city. He was then elected Col of the 17th Ms Infy Regt, served with distinction with that Regt, & was promoted Gen on 3/4 for skill & gallantry in the Battle of Leesburg. He was known to the men as "Old Sweat" & would be Bgde cdr for the 33rd Ms until the end of the war.

In Feb, 1863, the Bgde was designated Rust's-Featherston's Bgde, Loring's Div, Army of Dept of Ms & East La. In March of 1863 the Bgde was re-designated as Featherston's Bgde, Loring's Div, 2nd Military Div, Dept of Ms & East La. The 33rd Ms remained in this Bgde & Div from March, 1863, until the reorganization of the army in NC near the end of the war.

2/3/63 Waddy [Pemberton’s AG]to Pemberton-Gen Featherston here with orders to report to you; requests week’s leave to get an outfit

2/5/63 Jackson, Maj R. W. Memminger, AAG: Assign Gen Featherston to the command of Moore's Bgde, Maury's Div.

Gen Featherston was given a Bgde command about this date, including the 3rd​ Ms, which was detached with Hebert at Snyder's Bluff. The Bgde operated on the Rolling Fork & Sunflower against Federal expeditions in March, & on March 28 the 3rd went to Fort Pemberton, at the junction of the Tallahatchie & Yazoo, & was attached to Gen Loring's command. After this Featherstone’s Bgde, Loring's Div was composed of the 3rd, 22nd, 31st, 33rd & 1st Bn, Col Mellon cdg, May 30; Maj S. M. Dyer, July 30.

2/20/63 [about] 3rd Ms attached to Featherston’s Bgde w/ 4-5 other Regts, Arty & a Cav Bn
 

Luke Freet

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Allow me to add a few comments regarding Featherston:

5/23/62 Lee to Beauregard-Letters have been rec’d from Col J A Orr [31st​ Ms] at Saltillo, Col Tucker [41st​ Ms] at Saltillo & Verona, & from Col Barry [35th​ Ms] reporting his Regt at West Point all fully organized & ready for their arms & equipment. The only arms available have been sent to you at Corinth & the Regts will be directed to report to you if you can arm them. Col Orr also requests these 3 Regts be organized into a Bgde for Gen Featherston. If the Regts report to you, then Bgde compositions can be determined on. The President desires, & the law authorizes that troops from the same state shall compose Bgdes.

10/27/62 Lee to Adjt Gen-requesting promotions:
Carnot Posey to Brig Gen replacing Featherston absent sick

11/6/62 R.E. Lee to Davis-…I find on my arrival that Gen Featherston has returned to his Bgde. I do not know what to disposition to make of him. I shall have to withdraw the commission of Col Posey unless he can be placed in service in Miss.

Featherston had returned to duty somewhat unexpectedly. Apparently, until almost the eve of Featherston’s decision to go South, the transfer of Posey to some other army was under consideration.

Featherston had decided he preferred duty in the Gulf states. The delayed appointment of Posey became effective.
Lee’s Lieutenants-Freeman



Official Records Vol 21
Special Orders,) Hdqrs. Army of Northern Virginia, No. 19.) January 19,1863
VII. Agreeably to instructions from the Secretary of War, Brig. Gen. W. S. Featherston is relieved from duty with this army, and will proceed to Jackson, Miss., and report for duty to General J. E. Johnston, commanding Army of the West, or, should he be absent, to Lieut. Gen. J. C. Pemberton, commanding in Mississippi. He will take with him Capt. W. R. Barksdale, assistant adjutant-general, and Maj. L. S. Scruggs, quartermaster, who are hereby relieved from further duty with this army.
VIII. Brig. Gen. C. Posey will report to Lieut. Gen. J. Longstreet for assignment to the command of the brigade formerly commanded by General Featherston.

1/22/63 Gen Baldwin has been ordered to a command at Vicksburg. He visits the 14th​ Ms to bid them farewell.

1/31/63 the 22nd Ms was assigned to Rust's Bgde, Loring's Div, the Ms Regts of which constituted Featherston's Bgde after Feb.

2/1/63 In Jan 1863, Gen Featherston, was transferred from the Army of Northern Virginia to Ms. Gen Featherston was a prominent attorney in Holly Springs at the start of the war & entered CS service by raising a Co of Vols in that city. He was then elected Col of the 17th Ms Infy Regt, served with distinction with that Regt, & was promoted Gen on 3/4 for skill & gallantry in the Battle of Leesburg. He was known to the men as "Old Sweat" & would be Bgde cdr for the 33rd Ms until the end of the war.

In Feb, 1863, the Bgde was designated Rust's-Featherston's Bgde, Loring's Div, Army of Dept of Ms & East La. In March of 1863 the Bgde was re-designated as Featherston's Bgde, Loring's Div, 2nd Military Div, Dept of Ms & East La. The 33rd Ms remained in this Bgde & Div from March, 1863, until the reorganization of the army in NC near the end of the war.

2/3/63 Waddy [Pemberton’s AG]to Pemberton-Gen Featherston here with orders to report to you; requests week’s leave to get an outfit

2/5/63 Jackson, Maj R. W. Memminger, AAG: Assign Gen Featherston to the command of Moore's Bgde, Maury's Div.

Gen Featherston was given a Bgde command about this date, including the 3rd​ Ms, which was detached with Hebert at Snyder's Bluff. The Bgde operated on the Rolling Fork & Sunflower against Federal expeditions in March, & on March 28 the 3rd went to Fort Pemberton, at the junction of the Tallahatchie & Yazoo, & was attached to Gen Loring's command. After this Featherstone’s Bgde, Loring's Div was composed of the 3rd, 22nd, 31st, 33rd & 1st Bn, Col Mellon cdg, May 30; Maj S. M. Dyer, July 30.

2/20/63 [about] 3rd Ms attached to Featherston’s Bgde w/ 4-5 other Regts, Arty & a Cav Bn
These seem to be in regard to Brigadier Winfield Featherston...not Colonel Lucius Featherston.
 
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There were two units named the 5th Arkansas. One, the "Fighting Fifth", was a Confederate Regiment and was later consolidated with other Arkansas units.The other 5th was a State unit that fought at Wilson's Creek and never transferred to Confederate Service. The state unit is the one that participated at Wilson's Creek and Featherston was later a member of the Confederate Regiment. Was Featherston a member of both 5th Arkansas Regiments?
 

Luke Freet

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There were two units named the 5th Arkansas. One, the "Fighting Fifth", was a Confederate Regiment and was later consolidated with other Arkansas units.The other 5th was a State unit that fought at Wilson's Creek and never transferred to Confederate Service. The state unit is the one that participated at Wilson's Creek and Featherston was later a member of the Confederate Regiment. Was Featherston a member of both 5th Arkansas Regiments?
Featherston's Regiment was the "Fighting Fifth" of Liddell's/Govan's Brigade, serving under Cleburne. Lucius Featherston commanded the consolidated 5th/13th Arkansas at Chickamauga, where he was killed early in Liddell's assault on Baird's line at the start of the September 19th Fighting, dying almost instantly. Ltc. John E. Murray, who had dropped from West Point when the conflict ignited, took command of the regiment, leading it at Ringgold Gap and Bald Hill, where he joined his former Colonel in death.
 
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