HAS HE RELATIVES HERE?
Fayetteville Observer, June 03, 1897; Issue 737; col f.
January 7, 2011 -- Myrtle Bridges
Here is a very interesting telegram which we find in the Atlanta Constitution of Sunday last:
Brave Old Confederate Died--Colonel T.H. Rosser Passes Away at Ripe Old Age of Eighty Years
Selma, Alabama, May 22.--(Special)
Colonel Thomas H. Rosser, of Dallaston, died at the sanitarium in this city tonight in the eightieth year of his life.
He was born in Fayetteville, NC, in 1818 and moved to Missouri in young manhood. He was a participant in the John Brown
insurrection in Kansas and one of his sons was killed by Brown's forces.
At the outbreak of the war he enlisted as a private in the First Missouri regiment and was made lieutenant colonel,
and when he reached there was placed in command of the regiment at once. The same day the union forces from Kansas City
gave him battle and he was victorious. Colonel Rosser commanded infantry and artillery forces in the battles of Carthage,
Springfield, Lexington and Dry Wood in Missouri, and in the battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas. He was in command of the second
brigade of confederate troops in the latter battle and at its close General Sterling Price presented him with his sword,
which he has preserved and cherished. He was commandant at Memphis until the fall of Fort Pillow and was transferred to
Alabama just prior to the close of the war.
For many years he has resided on his plantation near Dallaston in this county. He leaves a wife and a large family
Can any one of our readers give us a trace, genealogical or otherwise, of this fine old hero? Ah, if Major Duncan G. MacRae
were only living! What a wealth of local history died with that remarkable man.
The 1870 & 1880 Census records of Selma, Dallas County, Alabama show:
Thomas Rosser 51, wholesale/retail grocer, b. North Carolina
Maria L. Rosser 49, b. Virginia
Elizabeth Fisher, 30 b. Virginia
Henry Rosser, 27, physician, b. Virginia
Thomas Rosser, 25, retail grocer, b. Virginia
Joseph Rosser, 23, retail grocer, b. Virginia
Walter Rosser 16, attending school, b. Virginia
George D. Rosser 6, b. Alabama
Emma Fisher 8, b. Missouri (grand daughter)
Janie Fisher 6, b. Alabama (grand daughter)
Anna Fisher 4, b. Alabama (grand daughter)
Also, several domestic servants in household.
William C. Rosser 18, clerk in store, b. Virginia
Laura Rosser 22, b. North Carolina (William's wife)
Maria L. 2 yrs, daughter
Index to Family Genealogies
Cumberland County Homepage