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E. W. Tarrant letters

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-1383

Scope and Contents note

Two letters written from Aransas Pass, Texas, to a Mrs. Brown in October 1914, containing extensive reminiscences of the Warrior Guards and Fowler's Battery.

Dates

  • 1914 October

Conditions Governing Access

None

Conditions Governing Use

None

Biographical / Historical

E.W. Tarrant enlisted in the Warrior Guard of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on 16 April 1861. The Warrior Guards, under Col. R. E. Rodes, moved to Montgomery and there became Company H of the Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment and then accompanied the new Confederate government when it moved to Richmond, Virginia. Once in Virginia, the 5th Alabama became part of the brigade under the command of General G.P.T. Beauregard. Although Tarrant was wounded at Manassas on 17 July 1861, the 5th Alabama was not a part of the larger battle on 21 July.

In the spring of 1862, the Warrior Guards was broken up, with approximately 50 soldiers being withdrawn back to Tuscaloosa as the nucleus of Fowler's Battery, under Captain W. H. Fowler.Tarrant was one of the last to sign up with Fowler, but had hopes to be able to transfer to Lumden's Battery where his father was a lieutenant.

According to the writer of the document, E.W. Tarrant was a lieutenant in Tarrant's Battery. He was in the battles of Farmington, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Resaca, Cassvill, New Hope, Kenesay, Atlanta, Nashville, and Fort Blakely. He was captured at Blakely and sent as a prisoner to Ship Island, where he sat out the rest of the war. He returned to Tuscaloosa in May 1865.

After the war, Tarrant moved to Texas and died on 19 November 1921 in Bryan, Texas.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (2 item, 12 pieces)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Two letters written from Aransas Pass, Texas, to a Mrs. Brown in October 1914, containing extensive reminiscences of the Warrior Guards (Company A of the Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment) and Fowler's Artillery Battery. Both units were organized at Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Provenance

Gift of Anna Brown, 1994

Processed by

unknown (Word doc says "Prepared by E. W. Tarrant, August 25, 1994" and "Reformatted by Catherine Eddins, Student, 2002" and "Last Updated: 5/2002")
Title
Guide to the E.W. Tarrant Letters
Status
Completed
Date
August 1994
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500