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Lassiter, John G.

Submitted by Darlene De Vries

Your roster for the 35th Mississippi Vols of Company B has my gggrandfather John Gayle as Gail Lassiter and his brother either are not on your list of or their names are misspelled. James Monroe Lassiter, William Melmoth "Melmoth" Lassiter and brother-in-law Anderson "Andrew" Earp. We have records for each and have seen the payment rooster and pension records to prove this fact. Some of the information for them is listed below...not all is transcribed, yet...Anderson Earp's isn't but his third gdaughter has the records.

I appreciate all the work you have done and am grateful for your assistance, but would thought you might like to have this corrected info.

All Whom It May Concern, Know Ye That:

I JOHN G. LASSITER a PRIVATE of Co. B. Reg't 35th MISSISSIPPI Vols, C.S.A., being a prisoner of War, in the hands of the United States Forces, in virtue of the capitulation of the City of Vicksburg and its Garrison, by Lieut. Gen. John C. Pemberton, C.S.A., Commanding, on the 4th day of July, 1863, do in pursuance of the terms of said capitulation, give this my solemn parole under oath- That I will not take up arms again against the United States, nor serve in any military police or constabulary force in any Fort, garrison or field work, held by the Confederate States of America, against the United States of America, nor as guard of prisons, depots or stores, nor discharge any duties usually performed by Officers or soldiers, against the United States of America, until duly exchanged by the proper authorities.
Signed: J. G. + (his mark) Lassiter
Sworn to and subscribed before me at Vicksburg, Miss., this 8th day of July
1863.
(signed by an officer who name I can not read possibly Sam Goodman, Capt. or
Col. ....) Reg't 31 Ill. Vols,

And Paroling Officer

There is a prisoner of War Record cover page included with the records.

The following information comes from the Company Muster Rolls for John G. Lassiter as included in his Veteran's Records:

John enlisted March 1, 1862 in Kemper County, Mississippi by Col. W. S.
Barry for a period of 3 years or the duration of the War. On the Muster
Roll for March 1- June 30, 1862 John is listed as absent due to illness.
The roll is signed by R.W.Buckey (sp) who I assume is an office of the 35th Mississippi. On the September - October 1862 Roll John is listed as present and it is also signed by R.W. Buckey (sp). November-December 1962 doesn't have any remarks; however January-February 1963 has John listed as present and having been last paid by W.E. Gibbs through October 31, 1962. The February 28-June 30, 1863 Muster Roll is dated October 18, 1863 signed by R.W. Buckey (sp) paid by Wm. E. Gibbs to February 28, 1863 and that John was present. July 1-October 31, 1863 has John paid by Deasheal to June 30, 1863, he is marked as present with the remark 'absent without leave from 4th to 6th of October' added and being signed by R.W. Buckey (sp). The next Roll was that of Prisoners of War stated that J. G. LASSITER, Private, Co., B, 35th Mississippi Infantry was captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4,
1863 and signed by W. Har. Scott. Company Muster Roll for November-December 1863 is marked as present and signed as usual. March - April 1864 has John being paid by ? Scott to December 31, 1863 and marked as present and signed as usual.
July - August 1864 was paid by Scott to December 31, 1864 marked present and signed by Buckey. The last two Rolls are Prisoners of War Rolls with the first listing John as received at Ship Island, Mississippi, April 15, 1865. He was captured at Blakely, Alabama on April 9, 1865 and it is signed by J. Jacobson. The second is a Prisoners of War Roll stating John was transferred from Ship Island, Mississippi to Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 1, 1865 and signed by J. Hursley.

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The following is a rundown on the 35th's history during the Civil War.

MISSISSIPPI 35TH INFANTRY REGIMENT

Organization: Organized in the Spring of 1862. It surrendered at Vicksburg, Mississippi July 4, 1863; paroled at Vicksburg, in July 1863, declared exchanged on September 12, 1863. Surrendered by Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor, commander of Dept. of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana on May 4, 1865

1st Commander: Co. Wm. T.S. Barry

Field Officers: Maj. Thomas F. Holmes
Lt. Col. Charles R. Jordan
Lt. Col. Reuben H. Shotwell
maj Oliver c. Watson

Assignments: Maur's-Moore's Brigade, Jones'-Maury's Div. Army of the West.
Dept #2 (June-October 1862)
Moore's Brigade, Maury's Div., Price's Corps, Army of West Tennessee,
(October-December 1862)
M
The following is a quote from Sharron Spencer's Family Group Sheets she shared with me:

John Joined Co. B, 35th Ms. Infantry in March 1862, the same day Wm M., James M. Lassiter joined. Also joining the same day was Anderson "Andrew" Earp who was married to John's sister, Isabella. All three Lassiter boys
survived the War; Anderson died of disease on May 8, 1962 in Corinth,
Mississippi before Company B was ever in any battle.

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John's tombstone states served in Co. B, 35th Ms. Inf, CSA. The adjacent marker is that of Mary Stone Lassiter.

I viewed the actual company Muster Rolls for Company B at the National Archives in Washington D.C. It listed John as ill on 12/3/1862 and was age 18.

John is listed on the 1883 Johnson County, Texas Tax List. He owned 1
buggies (sic), 1 horse/mule, 8 hogs and 20 cows. He is also listed on the 1884-1890 lists. In 1904 he is on the tax list next door to an M.T.
Lassiter. (probably his son Matthew "Mathie" Travis Lassiter ). End of
quote.

following is a copy of the records sent to Navarro County, Texas to prove his widow's right to a CSA pension:

WAR DEPARTMENT, 1561105
THE ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
WASHINGTON, D.C.

September 2, 1909

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions, State of Texas,
Austin.

It is shown by the records that James M. Lassiter, private, Company B, 35th Mississippi Infantry, Congregate States Army, was enlisted March 1, 1862; that he was captured December 15, 1864, and that he was confined at Camp Douglas, Illinois, where he was discharged June 19, 1865, on taking the oath of allegiance.

Signed by The Adjutant General

According to his Roll of Prisoner of War Paper, James was captured at
Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4, 1863 and again near Nashville, Tennessee on December 15, 1864. He was received at the Military Prison, Louisville, Kentucky on December 19. 1864 and Discharged from their and sent to Camp Douglas on December 20, 1864. Somewhere along the way they ended up in Cossa County, Alabama according to his Roll of prisoners of War paper, but it doesn't have a date. Must of taken the long way to Illinois this paper is signed by a J.W. Wilkinson. There is a copy of J.M. Lassiter's signature on his oath of allegiance to the Union dated July 8, 1863. This must of been when they were allowed to sign the oath and were released to be sent home and not to fight any longer. The Confederate soldiers went straight back to the fighting as can be attested to since James was soon captured again the following year in Nashville. The Union caught on and stopped allowing them to sign and leave.

The Allegiance reads as follows:

VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, JULY 8TH A.D. 1863

To All Whom It May Concern, Know Ye That:

I James M. Lassiter a Private of Co. B of Reg't 35th Mississippi Vols.
C.S.A., being a Prisoner of War, in the hands of the United States Forces,
in virtue of the capitulation of the City of Vicksburg and its garrison, by
Lieut. Gen. John C. Pemberton, C.S.A., Commanding on the 4th day of July,
1863, do in purance of the terms of said capitulation, give this my solemn
parole under oath....

That I will not take up arms again against the United States, nor serve in any military, police or constabulary force in any Fort, Garrison, or field work, held by the Confederate States of America, against the United States of America, now as guard of prisons, depots or stores, nor discharge any duties usually performed by Officers or soldiers against the United States of America, until daily exchanged by the proper authorities.

signed by J. M. Lassiter

Sworn to ban subscribed before me at Vicksburg, Mississippi, this 8th day of July, 1863 ( there is a signature but I am unable to read it)

Anderson "Andrew" joined Company B, 35th Mississippi Infantry in March 1862 along with Isabella's brothers John G. Lassiter, James M. and William M. Lassiter. They all joined the same company the same day. Anderson died from some type of disease on May 8, 1862, per the Company Muster Roll viewed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Supplied by Sharon Spencer 3214 Wintergreen; Grapevine, Texas 76051
1-817-488-6168 and each man's pension papers or enlistment papers.

The 35th Mississippi Infantry Regiment was recruited at West Point,
Mississippi and Corinth in the Spring of 1862. The unit fought under Gen.
J. C. Moore at Corinth and lost 32 killed, 110 wounded, and 247 missing.

Supplied by "Units of the Confer States Army" by Joseph H. Crute, Jr. 1987

According to Anderson's Muster Rolls Dated September & October 1962 he enlisted March 1, 1862 at Kemper County, Mississippi by W. S. Barry for a period of 3 years or the war ended under remarks it says he was deceased May 8, 1963 signed R.W. Buekey (sp). The Muster Rolls dated March 1, to June 30, 1862 states much the same thing. His general index card gives his name and unit and that he was a private

William Melmoth "Melmoth" Lassiter instead of Mel, I have not transcribed his info to date, but do have it.

Let me know if I can further help clarify these family members names and service records.

Darlene Edwards/De Vries - Native Texan living in Illinois
Researching: Ayres, Adams, Barnett, Baird, Bilyeu, Brown, Brumley,
De Vries, Doggett, Dykstra, Edwards, Fitzgerald, Harmsen, Lang, Lassiter, Prince, Reitsma, Stone, Witterholt, and many more
See my Gedcom @ Rootsweb:
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=ddevries

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