In its April 16, 1931 edition the Bossier Banner ran the following article in which a man known as “Uncle Monch” told of the fates of two of his brothers who joined the Southern Army.
“Mr. W. M. Morrow (‘Uncle Monch’), one of the oldest and most respected residents of the parish, who is a staunch friend of the Banner, and who is a welcomed and pleasant caller, ever and anon, at the office, came in the other day and related some very interesting stories and experiences to a member of the Banner staff. He is the oldest man now living, who was born in Minden.”
“He told of how two of his brothers, Gillum and Thomas Morrow served in the War Between the States, on the Confederate side. Mr. Gillum waded the Potomac River, in company with the rest of the soldiers in his troop, at a time when he was suffering with typhoid fever. He died soon after. The remains were brought back to Minden by his brother, Mr. Thomas, and the body lies buried in Minden today.”
“The deceased died at the site known as Culpepper Court House [in Culpepper, Virginia], a famous spot of Civil War times. He left in the first Minden Company, ‘The Minden Blues,’ serving under Capt. Lewis.”
“Mr. Thomas, according to ‘Uncle Monch,’ returned to the army, after coming home to Minden. In all he took part in forty battles, escaping without a scratch. Some four or five months after the war was over he died, having been fatally injured when thrown by an unruly horse.”
“’Uncle Monch,’ who is now eighty-three years of age, and who rides his horse everywhere he goes, despite the fact that one of his legs was amputated many years ago, had three sisters, two of whom are still living. On sister, Miss Lucy, married the father of Mr. Gillum Smith, who lives in Haughton, and who is an uncle of Messrs. Robert L. and Gillum Wyche, of this place. She was the mother of five children.”
“Another sister, Miss Mary, now Mrs. Floyd, is the mother of one child, [and] is now eighty-eight years of age, and is residing in the city of Baltimore, Md.”
“The third sister, Mrs. Julia Chaffe, is now seventy-eight years of age. She lives in San Antonio, Texas. She is the mother of six sons, all living, and one daughter, who is dead.”
“’Uncle Monch’ also related a stirring, and intensely interesting tale of the wild election times of the ‘Carpetbag Days,’ following immediately after the war. Another of his stories will appear in an early issue of the Banner. “
Next week’s article will relate Uncle Monch’s story of how the 1866 election ballot boxes were stolen in Webster Parish.
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