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Re: Dansby Loyalty to the Confederacy
Posted by: Marc Hall Date: April 29, 2000 at 09:03:11
In Reply to: Dansby Loyalty to the Confederacy by rex of 434

My Dansby family has four brothers, my g-greatgrandfather and three siblings, who were in the CSA during the war. Two of them were killed and buried in Virginia. Of these two, we can only find clear records for one. The other is referenced in letters written home, but we have been unable to find any official records. The lack of records has always led to speculation that he was a spy or deserter, etc. Of the two that lived, my gg-grandfather and a brother, only one has clear records. My gg-grandfather's wife was denied a pension because the only Jonathan Dansby serving a Texas regiment had missed two 1864 musters and was listed AWOL. We know he was with his unit at the final surrender of the unit, but there are no muster records after the Jan. & Feb. 1864 records. We also know that he would leave his unit and travel home to check on his wife and two infant sons and travel back. It is also possible that his wife gave the wrong information. She indicated "Palmer's Bridage" and we think it may have been "Parson's Brigade".

Anyway, this Dansby family is from Texas. At the time they were in Angelina County which was one of the Texas Counties that voted to join the Union effort. Because of that and because of the unclear records, it has always raised suspicions of desertion, spying, joining the union, etc. It is very difficult to put the real story together 140 years later with scanty evidence.

If you would like more information about the units, etc. of these Dansby's I would be happy to share what I have. Of the other surviving son, we also have all the letters he wrote home to Texas to his mother. They are very touching to read.


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