CALDWELL, John H. Ord. Sgt. - C.S.A.
Joined at Russellville 9/22/1861
October 2, 1913 Other Pensions Granted Under Confederate Pension Law
Another list of Confederate pension claims have been approved by the Board at Frankfort, the following from Trigg county being in the list; Charles Baker, J. H. Caldwell, R. W. Dew, William Green and Mrs. Virginia F. Warren. The claim of Mrs. Lizzie Humphries, of Caldwell county, was also allowed. Mrs. Humphries is the mother of Deputy Sheriff Charley Humphries, of this county.
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Long Illness Proves Fatal To John H. Caldwell At Home North of Cadiz Brave Soldier Honored Citizen comes To Peaceful End At Seventy-Nine Mr. John H. Caldwell, gallant Confederate soldier, honored citizen, breathed his last at his home five miles north of Cadiz Monday morning, November 5, 1923.
For more than three years Mr. Caldwell had been practically an invalid. A complication of troubles was the cause of his affliction. He was able to be up much of the time, but had for a year or two seldom left his home. On last Sunday he was up much of the time. A change for the worse occurred in the afternoon and his physician was sent for. He seemed to rally, but grew worse during the night and became unconscious. He continued to grow weaker and breathed his last at 9:30 o'clock.
John H. Caldwell was born in Trigg county, Ky., on the 22nd day of August, 1842. He was the oldest of a family of three sons of John H. and Martha W. (Barkdale) Caldwell. The father and mother died when he was but a mere lad, and he with the other children of the family was reared by their guardian, Capt. C. W. Roach.
Mr. Caldwell received his early education in Cadiz, Quint M. Tyler and James Rumsey being his teachers. Later he attended Bethel College, Russellville, for three years. From bethel he went to Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., where he studied for five months and then returned to bethel where he was graduated in the class of 1861.
He then entered in Confederate army, Company A, Ninth Kentucky Infantry, which was commanded by Col. Thomas H. Hunt, of Louisville, and served during the entire four years of the war.
He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Murfreesboro, Jackson, and also the battles from Dalton to Atlanta and Jonesboro. After the battle of Statesboro, S.C., on capitulated terms of surrender, he was paroled with his command at Washington Ga., May 6th, 1865, being one of the last troops that fired a gun east of the Chattahoochee, where they surrendered.
After the war he returned to Trigg county, where he spent the remainder of his life. For two years he taught the Wallonia Institute, and some years back served the county several terms as County Surveyor. He engaged actively in farming after the war, however, and lived the life of a farmer until forced to give up active work by reason of declining health a few years ago.
He was married December 26th, 1868, to Miss Cornelia F. Boyd, and four children were born to this union. One son died a number of years ago, and the other three survive the father. They are J. W. Caldwell and Miss Willie Caldwell, of Trigg county, and Mrs. Parker McGehee of Virginia. The wife died September 6th, 1881.
Mr. Caldwell was a man of more than ordinary intelligence. Splendidly educated, he lived the life of a student, and few men were better informed upon questions of public concern than he. He was interesting in conversation, enjoyed his friends, and lived the life of a useful and splendid citizen.
He had long been a member of the Baptist church and was loyal to his Christian profession and devoted to the Cause of His Master.
Burial took place Tuesday afternoon at the family burying ground on what is now the Robey place, near his home. The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. E. L. Andrews, of the Cadiz Baptist Church.