Robert Gowan & Joseph Fleming, 15th MS Infantry Flag in Hawaii: Robert Gowan (left) Great Grandson of Pvt. Garrett Gowan, 15th MS Infantry giving replica flag to myself, Joseph E. Fleming, Great Grandson of 1st Lt. Elijah Young Fleming, 15th MS Infantry. Picture taken on Kona, HI. You can see my place of employment floating in the background...The M/V Pride of America.
Robert Gowan & Joseph Fleming, Hawaii 2005 - 15th MS Infantry Flag: Robert Gowan (left) Great Grandson of Pvt. Garrett Gowan, 15th MS Infantry giving replica flag to myself, Joseph E. Fleming, Great Grandson of 1st Lt. Elijah Young Fleming, 15th MS Infantry. Picture taken on Kona, HI. You can see my place of employment floating in the background...The M/V Pride of America.
This modern artist's interpretation captures much of the hero that the South loved.
Elijah Young Fleming was born 10 October 1833 to John Leander Fleming and Harriet Melinda Cayce. He studied medicine in New Orleans at what is now called Tulane University. At age 26 he joined the Confederate Army and was assigned to the 15th Regiment, MS Infantry.15th Infantry Regiment, organized at Choctaw, Mississippi, in May, 1861, contained men from Holmes, Choctaw, Quitman, Montgomery, Yalobusha, and Grenada counties. The regiment was active at Fishing Creek, Shiloh, Baton Rouge, and Corinth, then was placed in Rust's, Tilghman's, and J.Adams' Brigade. After serving in the Vicksburg area, it joined the Army of Tennessee and participated in the Atlanta Campaign, Hood's winter operations, and the Battle of Bentonville. This unit had 34 officers and 820 men on January 7, 1862, and lost 44 killed, 153 wounded, and 29 missing at Fishing Creek. Many were disabled at Peach Tree Creek and Franklin, and only a remnant surrendered in April 1865. The field officers were Colonels Michael Farrell and Winfield S. Statham; Lieutenant Colonels James R. Binford, J.W. Hemphill, and Edward C. Walthall; and Majors William F. Brantly, James B. Dennis, Russell G. Prewitt, and Lamkin S. Terry.
The 7th Virginia Cavalry was originally organized by Colonel Angus W. McDonald, Sr., in the early part of 1861. The regiment spent that year operating in the neighborhood of Harpers Ferry and Romney, West Virginia. However, by the spring of 1862, the 7th Virginia Cavalry, was more frequently called "Ashby's Cavalry" although he had brought only Company A, the Mountain Rangers to it in 1861. The 7th Virginia Cavalry served with Gen. T.J. "Stonewall" Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862. Here they were very active. In one 28 day period they fought 32 separate actions. Jackson called Ashby one of the finest partisan officers of the war.
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