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LOCKERT, Rebel Lee

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Re: LOCKERT, Rebel Lee

Posted: 6 Jun 2004 2:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Apr 2006 11:27PM GMT
I cannot fathom what has happened--to either the internet or to my pc, but your message with reference to Rebel Lee Lockert of Obion County, TN, to James William Lockert, and David A. Lynn just now surfaced on my computer.

Rebel Lee Lockert was the youngest son and last child of (full) Colonel James William Lockert, of Montgomery Co, TN.

James William, served from private to (full) colonel, with the 14th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, taking command at Second Manassas when CO was killed. He was later wounded in a thigh at Gettysburg at the Bloody Angle; one account says he fell in front of the Stone Wall at the Angle, and another story tells that he, his color bearer, and a handful of his men went over the Stone Wall at the Angle before he was wounded and taken prisoner inside the Union line on 3 July 1863. In any case, he was two weeks in Letterman Field Hospital (Federal) on the York Road outside of Gettysburg; then he was sent to a Baltimore hospital for about a month; then sent to the POW camp on Johnson Island in Lake Erie; then to other POW sites at Point Lookout, MD, and Fort Delaware, Del. He must have been somewhat uncooperative because each prison site was progressively worse; Delaware was one of the most feared by the Confederates because of brutalities by guards and because of the high mortality rate from yellow fever; the Union troops feared the locale because of the disease. How James survived is a minor miracle in itself.

Because he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the federal government, he was held at Delaware after Appomatox. His release came on 25 June 1865, after President Andrew Johnson issued the General Amnesty Proclamation.

He returned to Montgomery County and became a prosperous farmer and sawyer--he owned considerable property and several saw mills--in Montgomery and Robertson Counties, TN, and around Guthrie in Todd County, KY. He died on 13 August 1912 two weeks after a stroke at his "summer home" near Mt. Harmon Presbyterian Church in Todd County and was buried there with Masonic and military honors by his surviving colleagues of the Forbes Bivouac, Clarksville, TN. His grave and that of his 4th wife are marked in the Mt. Harmon church cemetery. He appears to have been one of those proverbial "unreconstructed rebels."

Charles Bailey Bell (in a published account of his family's tribulations with the noted Bell Witch of Robertson County) knew James during the war and praised him as "one of the bravest men that ever shouldered arms to fight for the Confederacy." And, Steward Sifakis, in his "Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Tennessee," pages 112-14, cites the 14th Tennessee Infantry Regiment as having fought in 27 major battles from Cheat Mountain to Appomatox, not counting minor engagements; more than any other Tennessee infantry unit. All the regiment's service was as part of the Army of Northern Virginia. The 14th's regimental colors, now in the Tennessee State Library and Archives, was one of thirteen battle flags of the Tennessee Brigade ("Archer's) picked up by Union troops at the Stone Wall on July 3, 1863. The battle honors written on the flag read: "Seven Pines, Mechanicsville, Cold Harbor, Frazier's Farm, Cedar Run [Mountain], [Second] Manassas, Ox Hill, Harper's Ferry, Sharpsburg, Shepardstown [Ford], Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville."

James William Lockert, my great-grand-uncle, was the grandson of Lieutenant (perhaps Captain) Aaron Lockert, Junior, a veteran of the Revolutionary War who served as a quartermaster in Colonel John Wynn's South Carolina Regiment. When he was "called out" for service, his wife Sarah Miles Lockert (1748-1834), provided "patriotic service" by running the family grist/flour mill at Lockhart Shoals on the Broad River. There are tales in the family lore of her heroism in successfully facing down armed bands of Tory back country raiders. In the early 1800s, after Aaron died in 1798, she moved with some of her children to Robertson and then later Montgomery Co, TN. Different branches of Aaron's and Sarah's descendants, after being separated for over a hundred years, made contact about 1995 and all recounted the same stories of this couple that had passed down the separate family lines, especially the one you mentioned of the changing of the spelling of the family name (from Lockhart to Lockert) because of family dissention over independence versus loyalty to the crown.

Re my maternal great-grandfather, David Andrew Lynn, (full) Colonel commanding the 49th TN Inf Regt, who married Sarah Margaret Geraldine Lockert, granddaughter of Aaron, Junior. David was taken prisoner at Fort Donelson, was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, and then to Fort Warren, in Boston harbor, Massachusetts. After rejoining his regiment upon prisoner exchange, he resigned his commission following the Battle of Jackson, MS, in July (?) 1863 after "failing to give satisfaction to his men" during that engagement (unclear just what that means, leadership??) and in order to "return to an extended family behind enemy lines" at Port Royal, eastern Montgomery Co, TN. There he had at that time his wife Sarah and eleven children; after the war they had two more. Before the war, he had a large profitable tobacco farm and he was a state tobacco inspector in Montgomery Co. After the war, in 1872, he purchased an unlocated farm near Barlow in Ballard County, KY, and moved his wife and many of his family to that location--leaving several adult children in Montgomery Co. His wife, Sarah Margaret Geraldine Lockert Lynn, died shortly after the move to Ballard Co and was buried in a yet unlocated site. After her death, his eldest daugher, Sarah Ann Elizabeth Lynn, ran the family household, postponing for many years any marriage. The last record I have found of David was the 25 October 1883 marriage of Sarah Ann at his residence to William Martin Powell, Justice of the Peace for many years in Ballard County. They were my maternal grandparents.

Hope this helps. Sorry for the delay, but it just "surfaced."

Byron A. Parham
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