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Wendell D. Croom

Notes on Wendell D. Croom

by Charles Strickland

Wendell D. Croom    b. 1830 NC   died 4-11-1903  Powersville, Houston Co. GA
Enlisted as a Private in the Confederate Army, 6th Georgia Infantry, Company C, (Beauregard Volunteers) on 8-19-1862 at Calhoun, GA. Shows present on company muster roll of Jan./Feb., 1863 as having last been paid thru 12-31-1862. Wounded slightly on right hand by exploding shell fragment in Feb. 1864 at Fort Sumter, Charleston, S.C. Shows present on company muster roll for March/April, 1864 as having last been paid thru 12-31-1863. Admitted Jackson Hospital, Richmond, Virginia on 9-17-1864 for diarrhea check. Furloughed for 30 days on 9-25-1864. "Paroled" or released from service on 5-1-1865. 

Source: Compiled Confederate service records, Georgia Dept. of Archives and History.

In 1879 he wrote and published a history of his Confederate Company. " Sixth Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry - History of the 6th and Account of Each Member. "

A copy is on microfilm at the Georgia Dept. of Archives and History 171/46.

Commissioned a Justice of the Peace:  First, 3-22-1865, Dist. 527; Second, 5-24-1866, Dist. 527; Third, 6-24-1869, Dist. 769. Served Houston County Commissioners Court two terms: 1882 to 1886 and 1886 to 1889.

Source: "Houston County - The First One Hundred Years". (Ga. Archives).

1870 Federal Census of Houston County shows his occupation as schoolteacher.

Died at his home near Powersville, 4-11-1903. Age 73 years. Survived by: Son, J.T. Croom of Macon, Daughters Mrs. R.S. Howard of Byron, Ga. and Mrs. W.T. Little of Fort Valley.

"Cemeteries and Obituaries of Houston County, Georgia" by Addie Paramore Howell, Page 234. Pub. 1982.

The Memoirs of Wendell D. Croom, Esq'r

In 1878/79 Wendell D. Croom penned his Memoirs.  He dedicated his work to the memory of the Confederate dead who staked their lives to protect the South and her honor.  You may not agree with Mr. Croom's politics, but as you read these memoirs you will understand his passion for the South and his way of life.  It not only tells us the stories and names the men who fought with Mr. Croom and the Beauregard Volunteers, but you stand in his shoes as he witnesses battles and sees his friends die both from injury and disease.  You will learn that measles were to be feared as much as any bullet.

My special thanks to Charles Strickland, who generously shared this Memoir with us. If you have a relative that was a "Beauregard Volunteer" or even someone who was in Georgia unit, during the Civil War, this is a must read. It is a first hand account of a terrible rift in the fabric of our Country. 

The War-History

 Sixth Georgia Regiment,

(If you would like a pdf file of the original printed book click here).

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