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Monday, August 27th, 2012 01:17 pm
Yes, I know it's not Thursday, but I am planning ahead...so go with it, please...

I went to my dad's house last week, and took my aunt (his "big" sister) along for the ride.

Along the way, I asked her how she met her husband, and got a new little tidbit of information for the family archives.

Went graving at St. Joe Cemetery, which I refer to as the Burris burying ground. Found Aunt Margaret Jane Burris Moore's stone and photographed it.

After lunch at Dad's, we wandered downstairs and I spied a couple of photos I didn't have in our electronic archives.

A photo of my step-mom's dad in 1956 with his dog, Lonesome.
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Paul Pettit, with Lonesome


There was one of Aunt Emma, and her husband, Tom Crites, taken about 1935. They don't look 50 years old to me.
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Dora Emma Burris and Walter Thomas "Tommy" Crites


I asked my step-mom to scan and email the pics.

Got them today.
And a bonus.
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When I called to thank her, dad answered the phone. I asked him about this last one, which is a photo of my dear step-mom on her 60th birthday.

He said he had been out and about and just ran by a store that made birthday cakes.

When he got it home, my step-mom told him it was the first birthday cake she ever had.

Ever.

So this one is precious to all of us...
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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 08:05 pm
This is a death certificate for Sarah "Sallie" Pettit Jones.

I cannot make out the name of the cemetery, shown in the lower right-hand corner of the document.

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I've thought J A R something Graveyard...

Any thoughts?
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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 03:44 pm
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George Washington Pettit was the paternal grandfather of my step-mom.

He is buried in Carter Cemetery, Russell, White County, AR.
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 10:44 pm
This is a photo of my step-grandparents, Paul Pettit, and Audria Maxine Brannon, probably around the time of their marriage in 1937.

I saw it when I was up visiting the folks last weekend, and they let me scan a copy with my little Flip-Pal.

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Paul died in 1964, and Audria, in 2007. Both are buried in St. Joe Cemetery, just down the road from the Burris homeplace, in Pope County, AR.

This is a Sepia Saturday post.
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Sunday, January 9th, 2011 05:11 pm
My folks bought a display case for all of Paul's awards, including his Bronze Star Medal.


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We're going to do a little article to send in to the newspaper.

I just love it when things work out the way they should.
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Sunday, December 26th, 2010 08:11 pm
With anticipation that's hard to conceal, I imagine.

My parents.

Okay, they won't be dancing. But they'll still be waiting.

For Paul Pettit's bronze star.

And all his other awards.

We got the news by phone on December 20 last week from Senator Mark Pryor's office. We started off with Congressman Vic Snyder's office, but his liaison to Veteran's Affairs didn't want the request or supporting paperwork to get lost in the shuffle of the incoming freshman Congressman that won Vic's seat.

From the day we started with the inquiry until Sen Pryor's office called last Monday was 2 months and 4 days. Not bad for a federal bureaucracy that seems as if it can't find it with both hands lately.

Of course, it is nearly 47 years after he died, but I doubt Paul knew he was eligible for the medal.

I think that it would be fair to say that this was an educational experience for all concerned...

Will post photos when they are available. I understand the Army does these things up right.
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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 06:14 pm
I'm on a quest, one begun as a result of my entry on Veteran's Day.

My dad called me up and asked me why I stated in that entry that Paul Pettit, my step-mom's dad, had been awarded a Bronze Star.

I said it was because his military gravstone said he did.

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Paul Pettit was inducted into the Army on 23 Mar 1944 at Camp Robinson, in what is now North Little Rock, AR. By 25 Sep 1944, he was overseas in the European Theater as part of what was known as the Rhineland Campaign.

On 17 Nov 1944, his vmail letter was dispatched by the War and Navy Department to his wife, Audria, in Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

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Audria got Paul's vmail on 19 Nov 1944. No one knew at the time the significance of that date.

Regret to inform you...

It had to be a horrible telegram to get. It arrived on 3 Dec 1944, sent to a 24 year old wife and 4 year old daughter.

For anyone receiving a telegram during World War II...you knew before you tore the envelope open, didn't you?

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Regret to inform you your husband was seriously wounded in action in France nineteen November until new address is received address mail for him quote private Paul Pettit serial number (hospitalized) central postal directory apo 640 care postmaster New York New York unquote you will be advised as reports of condition are received Witsell acting the Adjutant General

Audria had no way of knowing that on the day she got his vmail, Paul had been ambushed by a sniper as he jumped off the truck when his unit entered a small town in France. He was shot, multiple times, in the abdomen, resulting in surgery that was unable to repair his colon. From the field hospital, he was sent to another hospital, and spent a total of 225 days hospitalized before he was sent stateside, not to come home, but to guard prisoners of war in the United States.

During his hospitalization, the Army sent information about his condition.

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His duty assignment took him to the Panama Canal Zone, where on board the ship, doctors had to treat an outbreak of gonorrhea. Finally, the doctor who examined Paul said, "You're going home."

Paul Pettit was honorably discharged from the United States Army on 8 Mar 1946 in New Hamilton, NY. He was awarded a 100% disability rating, as well as a Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, World War II Victory Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon, and American Theater Ribbon.

He never said anything about a Bronze Star, and my step-mom does not have it with his other awards. He probably never knew he had gotten it.

President Roosevelt authorized the Bronze Star Medal by Executive Order 9419 dated 4 February 1944, retroactive to 7 December 1941. This authorization was announced in War Department Bulletin No. 3, dated 10 February 1944. The Executive Order was amended by President Kennedy, per Executive Order 11046 dated 24 August 1962, to expand the authorization to include those serving with friendly forces.

As a result of a study conducted in 1947, the policy was implemented that authorized the retroactive award of the Bronze Star Medal to soldiers who had received the Combat Infantryman Badge or the Combat Medical Badge during World War II. The basis for doing this was that the badges were awarded only to soldiers who had borne the hardships which resulted in General Marshall’s support of the Bronze Star Medal. Both badges required a recommendation by the commander and a citation in orders.

My favorite Congressman, Vic Snyder, has a hell-on-wheels staff member who handles constituent concerns related to US veterans. Devon Cockrell, a veteran and active duty member of the US Army, has assured me that there is no question that Paul Pettit's daughter will get her daddy's Bronze Star Medal. He's going to start the process for us.

And he says the Army does them up right...
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Thursday, November 11th, 2010 06:24 am
And there are many more, I am sure, than the ones I have listed here.






World War II

Burris, George Washington
Son of William Homer and Willie Barbara (Dozier) Burris
22 Feb 1919-4 Feb 1993, buried Woodson Cemetery, Woodson, Pulaski Co., AR

Burris, Homer Earl
Son of William Homer and Willie Barbara (Dozier) Burris
Born 1926

Burris, Neal
Son of Thomas Frank and Winifred (Brashear) Burris
Born 1928

Burris, Richard L
Son of Carroll Monroe and Nancy Alice (Richards) Burris
Born 1907, date of death and burial unknown

Burris, William Remmel
Son of William Carrol Grant and Fannie F (Duvall) Burris
1901-1979, buried St Joe Cemetery, Pope Co., AR

Callaway, Otha M
Son of Herbert R and Bessie Jane (Knight) Callaway
16 Oct 1926- 23 Sep 1978, burial unknown

Callaway, Wallis Mouzon
Son of Robert Wallis and Cora R Callaway
2 Dec 1921-27 Jun 1986, buried Jones Cemetery, Clark Co., AR

Lensing, Edward Eugene
Son of Henry and Ida (Engel) Lensing
1 Sep 1921-1 Dec 2006, buried at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cemetery, Morrison Bluff, Logan Co., AR

Lensing, Leo A
Son of Caspar and Anna C (Heim) Lensing
20 Nov 1921-6 Nov 1989, burial unknown

Lensing, Thomas Andrew, Sr.
US Navy
Son of Caspar and Anna C (Heim) Lensing
6 Mar 1928-19 Aug 2010, burial deferred

Pettit, Paul
son of George Washington and Berma Frances (Coffman) Pettit
US Army, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
23 Jun 1914-23 Dec 1964, buried St Joe Cemetery, Pope Co., AR

Pettit, Garnett
son of George Washington and Berma Frances (Coffman) Pettit
20 Jan 1920-Mar 1987, burial unknown

Rutherford, Horace H, Jr.
son of Horace H (Sr) and Maybelle (Gillham) Rutherford
Born 1928

Civil War

At the beginning of 1861, the population of Arkansas, like several states of the Upper South, was not keen to secede on average, but it was also opposed to Federal coercion of seceding states. This was shown by the results of state convention referendum in February 1861. The referendum passed, but the majority of the delegates elected were conditional unionist in sympathy, rather than outright secessionist. This changed after the Confederacy attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, and Abraham Lincoln called for troops to put down the rebellion. The move toward open war shifted public opinion into the secessionist camp, and Arkansas declared its secession from the Union on May 6, 1861. Despite its relative lack of strategic importance, the state was the scene of numerous small-scale battles during the Civil War. (Source: Wikipedia)

The push-pull of divided loyalties was illustrated within our own family. The families of Robert Ellet Doke and Elizabeth Hamilton (Strickland) Ashmore, and John and Cynthia Ann (Ashmore) Burris both had sons fighting on opposite sides during the Civil War.

Ashmore, Henry W
CSA - Thrall's Battery, Arkansas Light Artillery
son of Andrew Sawyer and Elizabeth (McCarley) Ashmore
Born 1838, date of death and burial unknown

Ashmore, Joshua Bloomer, Jr.
CSA - 27 Mississippi Infantry
Son of Joshua Bloomer (Sr) and Mary (Henderson) Ashmore
25 Jul 1799-10 Oct 1862, burial unknown

Ashmore, Joshua C
CSA - 23rd Tennessee Infantry (Martin's), Cos. A and B
Son of Joshua Bloomer (Jr) and Martha Sarah (Henderson) Ashmore
1836-1877, burial unknown

Ashmore, Robert Doke
CSA - 35th Arkansas Infantry, Co I
Enl 20 Jun 1862 at Dover, AR. AWOL 8 Jan 1863.
Deserted to the enemy 10 Sep 1863. Ht 5' 7", eyes blue, hair lt, complx lt, farmer, age 20, born in AR.
USA - 4th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry, Co. H
Son of Robert Ellet Doke and Elizabeth Hamilton (Strickland) Ashmore
27 Apr 1843-13 Oct 1921, buried at Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR

Ashmore, Samuel Robert
CSA - 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, Co. I
Enl 20 Jun 1862 at Dover, AR. Died 28 Jan 1863. Ht 5' 10", eyes blue, hair lt, complx lt, farmer, age 31, born in TN.
Son of Robert Ellet Doke and Elizabeth Hamilton (Strickland) Ashmore
27 Nov 1831-28 Jan 1863, burial unknown

Ashmore, Stephen Robert
USA - 4th Arkansas Cavalry, Co. H
Son of James Joshua and Ardena Mahala (Matthews) Ashmore
1842-1900, buried Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR

Ashmore, William James
CSA - 17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Lemoyne's), Co. E
Son of Joshua Bloomer (Jr) and Martha Sarah (Henderson) Ashmore
Born 1838, date of death and burial unknown

Balding, James Henry
CSA - musician, 15 (Josey's) Arkansas Infantry
Son of Henry and Hanna (Morrell) Balding
11 Jul 1841-21 May 1917, buried at Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR

Brannon, James L
USA - 1st Arkansas Cavalry Regiment, Co L
Son of John and Nancy (Webb) Brannon
26 Jun 1835-23 Sep 1902, buried at Coffelt Cemetery, Mason Valley, Benton Co., AR

Burris, Franklin Buchanan
CSA - 35th Arkansas Inf, Co. H
Enl 20 Jun 1862 at Dover, AR. Died in hospital on White River, AR 28 Oct 1862.
Ht 5' 5", eyes blue, hair lt, complx fair, farmer, age 21, born in Pope Co, AR.
Son of John and Cynthia Ann (Ashmore) Burris
1840-28 Oct 1862, burial unknown

Burris, John Crockett
CSA - 35th Arkansas Infantry, Co I
Enl 20 Jun 1862 at Dover, AR. Deserted 24 Aug 1863.
Ht 5' 7", eyes gray, hair drk, complx lt, farmer, age 25, born in TN.
Son of John and Cynthia Ann (Ashmore) Burris
4 Apr 1837-10 Jun 1880, buried Ford Cemetery, Appleton, Pope Co., AR

Burris, William James
USA - 3rd Arkansas Cavalry, Co. A
Died of typhoid 1 Aug 1864 at Lewisburg, AR.
Son of John and Cynthia Ann (Ashmore) Burris
1832-1 Aug 1864, buried at Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR

Callaway, Francis Marian
CSA - 9th Arkansas Infantry, Co. E
Enlisted at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 27 Jul 1861; wounded in action at Shiloh, Tennessee, 6 Apr 1862; discharged on surgeon’s certificate of disability, 7 Feb 1863; age 28.
Son of Lawrence and Sarah L (Eaves) Callaway
28 Feb 1834-7 Dec 1906, buried at Springer Cemetery, Springer, Carter Co., OK

Callaway, James Mattison
CSA - 9th Arkansas Infantry, Co. G
Enlisted at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 27 Jul 1861; wounded in action at Jonesboro, Georgia, 31 Aug 1864, and sent to hospital at Burnsville, Georgia; admitted to hospital at Macon, Georgia, 9 Nov 1864.
Son of John S T and Amy (Stamps) Callaway
1829- Apr 1880, burial unknown

Callaway, James Wiley
CSA - Wiggins' Battery, Arkansas Light Artillery
Son of Abraham Aaron and Tabitha (Wooten) Callaway
5 Jun 1834-5 Jul 1909, buried at Grandview Cemetery, Montrose, Montrose Co., CO

Callaway, John S T, Jr.
CSA - 1st Arkansas Infantry, Co B
Enlisted at Little Rock, Arkansas, 8 May 1861; discharged for disability at Lynchburg, Virginia, 29 May 1861
Son of John S T and Amy (Stamps) Callaway
1802-Aug 1862, burial unknown

Callaway, Jonathan Wilson
CSA - McIntosh's Regiment, Co E
A note from Goodspeed says, "His final surrender was made with the Confederate forces, at Shreveport, at the close of the war, in May, 1865, following which he walked the whole distance back to Arkadelphia."
Son of Jonathan Owsley and Emily (Hemphill) Callaway
27 Jan 1834-1894, buried Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR

Callaway, Levi A
CSA - 9th Arkansas Infantry, Co. E
Enlisted at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 27 Jul 1861; died in Southern Mothers Hospital at Memphis, Tennessee, 26 Oct 1861 of enteritis
Son of Lawrence and Sarah L (Eaves) Callaway
1839-26 Oct 1861, buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN

Callaway, Nathaniel C
CSA - 23 Arkansas Infantry, Co. H
Enl 6 Mar 1862 at Arkadelphia, AR by A.A.Pennington.
Died of typhoid fever at Memphis, TN 7 May 1862.
Son of John S T and Amy (Stamps) Callaway
10 Aug 1819-7 May 1862, buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN

Callaway, Peter T
CSA - Clark Co Artillery, (Wiggins Battery) Second Arkansas Light Artillery
Born 1840, date of death and burial unknown
Son of John S T (Jr) and Elizabeth (James) Callaway
As a side note, he was the only heir listed in his father's estate, and note was made in the probate record of 5 Feb 1863 that he was "now in the service of the Confederate States."

Callaway, Samuel Davis
8th Arkansas Infantry Battalion, Co. A
Was a prisoner of War on Johnson's Island OH, documented in a newspaper ad placed by Ben S Duncan, dated 18 Sep 1864.
Son of Jonathan Owsley and Emily (Hemphill) Callaway
10 Dec 1830-1 Jan 1907, buried South Fork Cemetery, Clark Co., AR

Callaway, William H "Big Bill"
CSA - 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles, Co. F
Son of Jonathan Owsley and Emily (Hemphill) Callaway
Born 1826, death date and burial unknown

Kolb, John Ervin
CSA - 24th, 41st, and 43rd Mississippi Infantry
Son of John Milton and Isabella (Ellis) Kolb
29 Oct 1841-19 Jun 1898, buried at Nimrod Cemetery, Perry Co., AR

Little Rock National Cemetery
Field of "Unknown US Soldiers" at Little Rock National Cemetery


*Details of injuries and deaths of Arkansas Civil War veterans was obtained from this exceptional website.