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Posted February 17, 1997 by Steven L. Driskell.
11. Supplement - Miscellany by Captain Wilson P. Howell
Brigade Court Martial ~ General George D. Johnston ~ Major Costello ~
Captain W. A. Handley ~ John Stout ~ Captain Monroe ~ Captain Lou Morris ~
Captain Bushrod W. Bell ~ Lt Willis Pledger ~ Major N. B. Rouse ~
Major Dan Richards ~ Captain Spence ~ Captain Cyrus Bradford ~
Lt Thomas G. Slaughter ~ Lt W. J. Borden ~ Reverand E. A. West ~
Counterfeit Confederate Money
Brigade Court Martial
In the winter of 1863-4, while the army was in camp near Dalton, Georgia, a
Brigade Court Martial was organized. Composed of the following officers of
Lt. Colonel H. T. Toulinin, 22nd Alabama Regiment
President (now U.S. Judge in Alabama)
Captain J. H. Savage, 19th Alabama Regiment
(now of Birmingham, Alabama)
Captain D. C. Hods (?), 19th Alabama Regiment
Who after the war, was a practicing attorney at Carrollton, Pickens County, Alabama and who in 1872 was a member of the Legislature from his county. Has been dead for a number of years.
Captain W. P. Howell, 25th Alabama Regiment
The fifth man, whose name I do not recall. That court was in session
several weeks and we had quite a number of cases to adjudicate.
While we had before us some very flagrant violations of military law to try,
by common consent, we desired to avoid the infliction of the death penalty
on any defendant except in a most extreme case and fortunately we never
found the extreme case.
General George D. Johnston
Now of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
I think that the efficient and gallant service of this distinguished officer
deserves more than a passing notice in this record. In the first place, he
was a clean, high toned Christian gentleman and while he -------- many of the
noble virtues of a manly character, his crowning virtue as a soldier, was
his daring courage in battle.
While Colonel Johnston was very exacting in the discipline of the troops
(as he ought to have been) and sometimes the men would chafe and
complain in camp about his military exactions. Yet the men had the most
profound respect and love for him because of his great courage and wise
leadership in battle. And these soldierly virtues in Colonel Johnston
always inspired the men to follow his gallant leadership.
It was a sad day with the regiment when he was promoted and taken from us.
Although we were in a sense proud of it, because we thought he had earned
such promotion and was eminently worthy of it. And I dare say that the men
of the line have all through these long years and will, till the end of life
and till they shall answer to the last Roll Call cherish the memory
of Colonel Johnston.
Lts. Wm. and Thos. Johnston, two of the Colonels brothers and a half
brother, Lt. Henry Weisinger were in the regiment and were gallant soldiers
and good men. Lt. Weisinger was in Company "I".
Major Costello, Company K
Who was killed at the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 31st December 1862
This officer went out of the Office of Probate Judge of Coffee County,
Alabama and raised a company in 1861, which was known as Company "K" in the
25th Alabama. He was a most excellent, high toned gentleman. He was noted,
among other things for the uniform tidyness of his toilet. I think he
shaved off his beard almost every day and his clothing was always kept
neat and clean, and was always the very soul of gentility and manliness.
He also possessed, in an eminent degree, the high quality of a soldier in
that he was brave in battle.
I was personally, intensely fond of Major Costello and was greatly bereaved
when he yielded up his noble life on the altar of his country. I never
shall forget one peculiarity of this man. I, one day remember he and I were
in conversation about various things and among other things he said, he did
not know the name of but one tree in the forest, and that was the pine.
He said he had been raised and had spent the most of his life on a ship at
sea. Among the great number of dear friends and comrades I lost in the war
by disease and killed in battle, there was no one whose death I deplored
more than that of Major Costello.
Captain W. A. Handley, Company F
Now of Roanoke, Alabama
This is another one of God's noblemen. Who, when the toxin of war was
sounded in '61 left a lucrative business at his home in Randolph County,
Alabama and raised a fine company which was known in the 25th Alabama as
In the second year of the war, I believe it was his health failed and he
resigned and his younger brother, F. M. Handley succeeded him in command of
Captain W. A. Handley was known and recognized as the biggest hearted man in
the regiment. The men of his company idolized him. He always looked
carefully after the welfare of the humblest private in his company and was
the most popular officer of the line among the privates of the regiment and
was held in high esteem by the officers as well.
Captain Handley has been well and favorably known all over Alabama for many
years, having been called by his fellow citizens to official places of trust
and honor, which he worthily filled with honor to himself and credit to his
state. He had the honor some years ago to occupy a place in the U.S.
Congress from his district. Also, he has more than once occupied an honored
place in the legislative halls of his state and as a private citizen, is
distinguished for his philanthropy and patriotism in the upbuilding in every
possible way the moral, intellectual and material welfare of the country.
While his home is at Roanoke, Alabama, he has a large business interest at
the metropolis of the state, Birmingham. He is of the well known hardware
company of that city as Moore & Handley.
He was also a valueable and efficient member of the Constitutional
Convention of Alabama in 1901 and has been prominently mentioned in the
public press of the state as worthy and suitable Governor ------.
The Efficient Adjutant of the Regiment
Here is a man, the memory of whom has lingered with me all through these
long years and one whom I have lost sight of years ago. He was one among
the most loyal and conscientious soldiers with whom I ever came in contact.
He was noted for his courage in battle and his faithful and prompt attention
to all the duties which appertained to the responsible office which he
filled so efficiently.
Captain Monroe, Company K
Here is a noble man who has occupied a tender place in my heart and memory
since the long ago and whose whereabouts I have not known for many long
years. He was put in command of Company "K" after the promotion of Captain
Costello to Major.
Not since our separation in North Carolina in 1865 have I heard from him.
His home was in the extreme southeast part of the state, is, I suppose the
main reason why I have lost sight of him. But I want to record here, that
among the many noble men of the regiment, none were held in higher esteem,
both as a man and a soldier, than Captain Monroe.
Captain Lou Morris, Company D
I have retained through the long years, the kindliest memory of this manly
man and loyal soldier of the Lost Cause. In the first year of the
war and after the resignation of Captain Nixon who raised Company "D" at
Ashville in St. Clair County, Captain Lou Morris of that Company was put in
command and remained so till the end of the war.
No man of the regiment, officer or private, met with more manly courage and
gave more loyal support to the cause for which we were fighting than did
this young gallant officer. He was among the few soldiers who always was
neat and tidy in his person and apparel and was extremely popular with the
men and officers on account of his fine social and manly qualities. And one
never heard it hinted, that Captain Morris was wanting in any of the qualities
which made up a gallant and brave soldier.