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MOORESVILLE, N. C., Wooten, were put on picket, espec
July 6, 1897 ially when it was desirable to peneMajor Henry S. Burrage, Port- trate the Federal lines and get land, Me.:
prisoners for purposes of informaMy Dear Sır: Your very inter- tion. Ordinarily the picket was reesting letter is at hand, and in re- lieved from 9:30 to 10 a. m.
To ply would say that Lane's Brigade your first question, “ Was he
made up of the Seventh, (Teague) in command of the line Eighteenth, Twenty-eighth, Thirty- when I exchanged at that time (in third, and Thirty-seventh North the morning) ?” Answer. I do Carolina regiments. At the time not know. If the exchange was referred to, it occupied the Peters- effected before 9:30 or 10 o'clock burg lines on either side of the road in the forenoon, it is very probable leading to the Jones' house, the that he was not on duty at the time. Seventh being at that time on the “Did General Heth's courier (Genright of the brigade, though it was eral Joseph Davis's courier, with subsequently, about the middle of whom, as I have since learned, I November, transferred to the left exchanged in the morning) tell him of the brigade, where it remained (Teague) of the arrangement he until the latter part of February, made with me?” Answer. He 1865, when it was sent on detached did not. “Also, do you know why service to North Carolina. Beyond it was that General Heth's [General the Jones' house in the direction of Joseph Davis's] courier did not come Pegram's and the Federal line, out to get the papers in accordance there a body of woodland with that arrangement?” Answer. which extended along the front of I do not. I certainly did not know the line held by Lane's men—in or hear of any understanding in replaces more dense now and then gard to exchanging papers with jutting out further into the open General Heth's courier or any one field—the left of the line being in else on that occasion, and my first the woods altogether.
and only information is derived From twenty to twenty-five men from your statement in
statement in regard were detailed daily from each of thereto, and I doubt not but that the five regiments of the brigade the gallant Teague went to his for picket duty. Each regimental grave in ignorance of any such ardetail was commanded by a lieuten- rangement. I heard Lieutenant
The details when assembled Teague relate the incident more formed the brigade picket, which than once, and he uniformly told was commanded by a commissioned the same story about a Federal offiofficer—the captains of the various cer coming out of the woods in regiments in turn being assigned to front of his picket and waving a this duty.
Occasionally Lane's paper. At a loss to know why he Brigade Sharpshooters, under Major came so near, and naturally sup
posing that the Federal officer was Thinking that possibly Captain out to see the Confederate line, he, Summers could give further informaTeague, demanded and compelled tion, I now wrote to F. D. Goodwin, his surrender. I said in a former
I said in a former Esq., of Middlesborough, Ky., who communication that the affair was replied as follows: by many regretted at the time, and that there was some disposition to
MiddlESBOROUGH, Ky., July 1, '97. censure Lieutenant Teague. This Major Henry S. Burrage, Portland, was due to a false impression that
Me.: he had induced the Federal officer DEAR Sır: Your letter of inquiry to come near his line in order to was duly received, and in reply I will capture him.
This was easily dis- say that I would have answered beproved by Teague and his friends, fore, but Captain Summers has been and his action, as heretofore stated, in Nashville, Tenn., attending the was approved by his comrades in Confederate reunion, consequently I arms, and also by his regimental have been unable to get an interview commander, and it is a pleasure to with him ; but he has at last reme at this late day that you do not turned and an opportunity has preallege any unfair action on his part. sented itself for an interview, and I As to myself [in answer to an in- have got all the information that I quiry of my own] I entered the ser- possibly could from him. vice as a private in Company B, Sev- In reply to your first question, he enth N. C. Regiment, June, 1861, was says, that he was on duty in the promoted second lieutenant June 27, morning if bis memory serves him 1862, first lieutenant March,1862,cap- correctly, and he was the first officer tain of same company May 3,1863, and on duty for the day, and also there retained this rank to the surrender. was no purpose in your capture ; in
Colonel R. V. Cowan, Thirty-third other words he had no special orders N. C. Regiment, commanded Lane's to arrest you; he was simply carrybrigade from the latter part of Octo- ing out the order of General Lee, ber, 1864, to about the middle of issued late the day before, that no December, 1864. I can readily see more papers should be exchanged, why Captain Summers sent the cap- and you being the first one that attured officer to Colonel Cowan, but I tempted to make the exchange, it am at a loss to know why he was in was his duty under the order to turn sent to General Heth instead of make the capture. He says that he General Wilcox, the division com- thought at the time it was very hard mander, unless it was because of on your part from the fact that you General Heth's connection with the were unaware that such an order had affair through his courier.
been issued by General Lee or any If you get your sword, let me of the officers on the Union side. know, please.
Captain Summers requests me to Sincerely yours,
inform you by this letter that he has J. S. HARRIS. received your letter, and that he has written to North Carolina to see if will give if it is in my power to do he can get any further information so, and I have sent for the paper in regard to the sword, and as soon Captain Hill refers to in his letter as he hears from there, he will write and will forward it to you when reto you giving you all the facts that ceived.
I am glad to know that led to your capture and the taking of time has dealt kindly with you. the sword, and how it happened that
Very respectfully, he did not retain possession of it, as
J. A. SUMMERS. near as he can remember it. Hoping you will succeed in getting the
July 7, Captain J. S. Harris sent
to me the following note: “I send long lost sword, I am truly yours,
printed slip from The Landmark
which explains itself. Captain N. F. D. GOODWIN.
A. Pool commanded Company K, The person in North Carolina, to Seventh North Carolina Regiment, whom Captain Summers wrote, was
and Lieutenant R. H. Teague was Captain A. A. Hill, Company G, his first lieutenant.”
The printed Seventh North Carolina Regiment, slip was as follows: who, writing from Taylorsville, N. C.,
CAPTAIN BURRAGE's sword. July 7, 1897, said: “ Captain Teague, to whom the
The Landmark finds it for him. sword was delivered, is dead, also his It is in a Masonic Lodge in Missouri, wife, and I could strike no trace of it where it was carried by Captain till yesterday. Captain N. A. Pool, Pool, who obtained it from LieutenCompany K, Seventh Regiment, N.
ant Teague, of Alexander. C. T., who is now a resident of Texas, To the Editor of the Landmark : through his brother, W. A. Pool, set
My brother, Captain N. A. Pool, tles the question. If you take The is afflicted with rheumatism in his Landmark
will see the piece ; hands and arms so that he cannot if not, Captain Pool says he left the write, and he asked me to write you sword at Belton, Cass county, Mo., some facts in answer to the inquiry with the Masonic Lodge at that of Captain Henry S. Burrage, of place."
Portland, Me., concerning his sword. In forwarding Captain Hill's letter, The inquiry was in your issue of Captain Summers wrote as follows: the 11th of June. My brother was MIDDLESBOROUGH, Ky., July 11, 1897. North Carolina troops, as many of
captain of Company K, Seventh Major Henry S. Burrage :
your readers know, and R. H. Teague, Dear Sir: I inclose you a letter deceased, late of Alexander county, from Captain A. A. Hill of Taylors- N. C., was his first lieutenant. These ville, N. C., with whom I have been are the facts as related by my brother, corresponding in regard to the sword. and he can come nearer telling what That locates the sword. Any more occurred every day during the war information that you may want, I than any man I ever met.
The general (A. P. Hill) had said it was the one he captured with issued very strict orders forbidding the Federal officer. Brother took it the exchange of papers, and com- and carried it with him to Missouri. manding his men to capture every While living in Missouri they organFederal officer who offered an ized a Masonic Lodge at Belton, in change. So upon the day mentioned Cass county, and he let them have by Captain Burrage, November 1, that sword for the tyler's use. Brother 1864, Captain James A. Summers left Missouri in 1874 and came to was officer of the picket line of Texas, where he has lived ever since, his brigade, and Lieutenant R. H. and his address is Captain N. A. Pool, Teague, of Company K, Seventh Mansfield, Tarrant Co., Texas.
He North Carolina, was lieutenant and says the sword was in the Masonic in command of the pickets from the Lodge at Belton, Cass county, Mo., Seventh Regiment. During the day, when he left there and he supposes a Federal officer showed himself be- is there yet. tween the lines, and in front of Captain Pool sends regards to all Lieutenant Teague, to exchange his old comrades in arms in North papers. He was
seen Carolina and elsewhere. He is very than Teague ordered him arrested in much afflicted now; is confined to obedience to orders. Lieutenant his room all the time with rheumaTeague delivered the officer with his tism. sword to Captain Summers, which
W. A. Pool. was his duty. Captain Summers
Mansfield, Texas, June 30, 1897. sent the prisoner to the superior officer but kept his sword. When Captain Harris, in his note of July Lieutenant Teague learned that Cap- 7, referring to this letter, adds, “The tain Summers had the sword he statement that Teague carried the claimed that if it did not follow the sword the rest of the war, etc., is, I prisoner he was entitled to it, and think, a mistake, as he sent it home petitioned General Lane for an order at the time, and I distinctly recollect giving him the sword. General Lane hearing him say so; but that is not thereupon appointed some officers of material. Captain Pool is an honorthe brigade to hear evidence and able gentleman and his statement decide the matter. They gave the can be relied on. If I mistake not sword to Lieutenant Teague and he he commanded his regiment at the carried it the rest of the war, and time of the capture." brought it home with him. After At one other point, as appears in the war closed, and just before my an earlier letter from Captain Harris, brother left Alexander county, he Captain Pool is in error. General and Lieutenant Teague had a busi- Lane was not in command of his ness transaction and Teague fell in brigade at the time of the capture, but his debt. Teague said he did not Colonel Cowan of the Thirty-third have the money to pay and asked North Carolina Regiment, in the abmy brother to take his sword, and sence of General Lane.
Soon after receiving the above best wishes for the successful issue note from Captain Harris, I received of the matter. the following letter :
Very truly yours,
E. G. HARRELL, STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA,
North Carolina State Guard.
On receiving the information com-
Dear Sir:-Your letter to Gov- at once to the Masonic Lodge at ernor Russell, June 2d, 1897, having Belton, Mo. At my request, Hon. been referred to me for the purpose Josiah H. Drummond of Portland of securing the information you de- also sent a communication to the sired concerning the sword captured lodge. In reply to my note I received with you during the war, has had the following: careful attention and investigation.
BELTON, Mo., July 13, 1897. I am glad to say that the result has
Henry S. Burrage, Portland, Me.: been successful to the extent that
DEAR SIR :-Your letter of inquiry the present location of the sword has been discovered, and I trust that you ceived and noted. I have talked
concerning your lost sword was rewill now be able to secure a relic which you no doubt prize very highly. with some of the older members of
our lodge, and I am confident that I would suggest that you write to
the sword is yours. I will bring the the Master of Masonic Lodge at
matter before our lodge at our next Belton, Mo., and no doubt he will be happy to return the sword to its meeting and will then inform you
fully of our action in the matter. rightful owner. I enclose letter and
C. W. McKown, Secretary, clipping which throws light on the
Belton Lolye No. 450, A. F. & A. M. subject, and which will prove interesting as to the details of your Meanwhile, wishing to learn more capture. Such pleasant incidents concerning my capture, especially as as these regarding the return of Captain Harris and Captain Summers valued and sacred relics of the war could give me no information with are of frequent occurrence both reference to the exchange of papers in in the North and the South, and the morning of the day of my capture, they speak in thunder tones the I wrote to General Harry Heth, one disappearance of all feeling of bit- of the Confederate officers to whom I terness caused by the great con- was taken after my capture, and into flict, and assure us of the return whose hands, as I learned some years and complete restoration of that holy ago, came the papers which I exbond of brotherhood and common in- changed at that time. General Heth terest that so closely unites all our is at present a member of the Antiepeople.
tam Battle Ground Commission, and Accept my kindest regards and his answer was as follows: