Major Arch Carmichael
"Oldest Texas-made Mason"
Written By: Unknown
"Major Carmichael was born in Roane county, Tennessee, April 4, 1819. He came to Texas in 1844 and resided in eastern Texas principally in Cherokee county until 1859, when he came west and settied the home where he resided at the time of his death. In all public matters pertaining to the good of his locality and county he has been a moving spirit. Mentally active, his voice has ever been extended, at times eloquently, in behalf of what he deemed right, and in denunciation of wrong. He became a member of the Masonic fraternity in 1845 and was said to be the oldest Texas- made Mason.
"He had been for several years a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and was a man of strong faith in God and in the efficacy of prayer. Nor did his faith falter at the approach of the king of terrors. Truly, he had set his house in order, and then patiently awaited his departure. . .
"By his death the church has lost a, loyal member, the Masonic fraternity a worthy brother, his family a. devoted husband and " father, the county one of its best citizens and society one of its bravest defenders. Peace to his ashes."
Following are copies of some of his papers relating to his mili- tary service. Hood County was a part of Johnson Co. at this time as it was not formed as a. separate county until 1866.
"Col. A. Carmichael is hereby authorized to enlist men for the
Regiment of Partisans I am now raising. The recruits may join
any company belonging to the regiment that has not the maximum
number of men, or they may when a sufficient number of men are
recruited organize a company and report to me at Camp McCullough
and the company will be regularly mustered into the service pro-
vided the regiment be not already full.
/s/ E. J. Gurley
Col. Comdg. Camp McCullough"
Company n Precinct No. 5 Feb 15 " Capt Henry Duglas " " Ist Lut. A Monroy " " 2nd " jr J.L,A. Berry " " Company B Precinct No. 4 Elected Feb 22 1862 Capt A J Heart " " Ist Lut J M Cocks " " 2nd " G J Richey " " 2nd " jr. J B Maitland July " Company C Precinct No. 1 Capt John W. Moody Feb 22 " Ist Lut George R. Edgar " " 2nd James B. Dunn Aug 1 " 2nd " jr. G H Maxey July " Company D Precinct No. 6 Capt David Swank Aug 1 " Ist Lut 2nd 2nd " jr Company E Precinct No, 8 Capt Ist Lut J. Mitchel March 22 " 2nd 2nd " jr Company F Precinct No. 3 Capt James Ross " " Ist Lut Luis Goen " ' 2nd n S. T. Quinn " " 2nd " jr s. a. Davis " " Company G Precinct No. 2 Capt Josiah P. Wittchier Aug 1 " Ist Lut Dan C. Payne March 22 " 2nd " James Kelley Aug 1 " 2nd " jr R J Jennings March 22 " Company H Precinct No. 7 Capt G. W. Mathews " " Ist Lut Joseph Winters July " 2nd " John Allison March 22 " 2nd " jr John L. Trimble " " Company I Precinct No. 9 Capt George R. Shannon Aug 1 " Ist Lut George B. Granberry " " 2nd " J. R. McKinzy Feb 22 " 2nd " jr T. B. Eliott Aug 1 " Surgeon W.A. Kuykendall Appointed(sic) June 25th 1862 Asst Surgeon J.C. Cornelious " Chaplin G. H. Richa.rds Apt July 10, 1862
Gee. R. Shannon was elected Capt on the Ist day of Aug 1862. vice R. F. Cope resigned, Cope was previously elected vice. H. G, Bruce resigned. Gee. B. Granberry was elected same day first Lieut. Vice Gee. R. Shannon promoted, T. B. Elliott was elected same day as Jun. 2d Lieut. Vice G. E. Coombs resigned.
Capt Gee. R. Shannon Ist Lieut J. R, McKinsey 2nd " T. B. Elliott O.S. M. Pendleton ? John Hunter ? Wm, C. Cra.wford ? M. Wood Sergeant Wm. Osbern Corporals Ist T. J. Mills 2nd I. B. Hudson 3rd Hugh Guinn 4th C. Dunaway Pr ivates L. D. Smith J. L. Gant G. R. Collins B. Bransom J. E. Jenkins James Blair A. L. Whitsett ;I. H. Hewett J. E. Roa.ds J. T. Stewart
I G R Sha.nnon hereby certify that the within Muster Roll exhibits the true state of my company to this date Aug Ist 1862.
/s/ G R Shannon Capt"
"Buck Creek, Johnson Co. Texas July 25th 1862 "This is to certify that Fred Lafon was duly elected junior second Lieutenant at our regular company muster, on Saturday July Igth 1862, vice J. L, A. Berry, promoted. To Col. A. Carmichael Comdg Regiment Signed H. Douglas, Capt Comdg. Co. Beat No. 5 Johnson Co. Texas""Buchanan April 21st 186'3 Buchanan April 21st 1863 Col. You will please detail a detachment of men from your Regt. to wit: one Commissioned officer, one non-Commissioned officer, and at least twelve privats, armed~& mounted, with ten rounds of ammun- ition for each man if possible to report to me at this place as soon as possible to assist in arresting, & forwarding some deser- ters who are now in this county, one of whom I have arrested & placed in the County Jail for want of men to guard him. /s/ W. M. Heath Sergt Major Actg by order of Brig Gen Steele Comdg Dept Indian Territory A. Carmichael Col. Comdg Johnson Co. Malitia P.S. The men must be prepared to camp out--they will have subsis- tance furnished after two days from the time they report to me. /s/ E. M. H., S.M.
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