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14985Re: [jacksongenealogy] Alabama Nitre and Mining Corps.

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  • clyde broadway
    Dec 1, 2011
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      I am sure I don't have any more than you have. I do have here somewhere a tract written by a man at the U. of Tennessee in Knoxville about Sauta Cave in which he says it was possibly THE largest of the salt petre cave operations in the Confederacy....can't think of his name....Ann Chambless knows him or knows who he is....also John Woodall gave a report to the Jackson County Historical Association on Sauta Cave last year at the Scottsboro Public Library. It was from him that I learned my great grandfathewr Broadway had been at the cave. I knew James Gayle was there, and that he was captured hauling a wagon load of potassium nitrate across Sand Mountain. He spent  maybe a couple of years as a P.O.W
      Nicholas Broadway, along with his brother, James D. Broadway later joined the 55th Ala. Infantry in late 1862. James was captured at the Battle of Champion Hill in Mississippi in May, 1863, sent to Ft. Deleware, exchanged at City Point, Va., and died abpout 10 days later in a Virginia hospital at Petersburg Virginia. He is buried in the Blandford Church Cemetery. Nicholas fought all the way through the Nashville campaign, where he was captured when the Confederate Army was routed in December 1864.
       
      Another person associated with the operations at the cave was Dr. James Buchannan of Larkinsville, later of Scottsboro---formerly from Tennessee. I gave a presentation about him to the Historical Association back in 1997 after researching him in an attempt to interest people in the preservation of his home in Scottsboro---the last clapboard Gothic Revival home in North Alabama, according to Robert Gamble, Ala. State Architectura Historian, Montgomery.
       
      My efforts were to no avail; the house still sits in decline and ruin beside the railroad track on Mary Hunter Avenue. Its windows were cannibalized by a former Scottsboro school principal to put into his retirement home in another county. I know a lot of interesting facts about Dr. Buchannan. He and his wife are buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Scottsboro.
      --- On Thu, 12/1/11, Roger Burbank <burby9@...> wrote:


      From: Roger Burbank <burby9@...>
      Subject: Re: [jacksongenealogy] Alabama Nitre and Mining Corps.
      To: "jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com" <jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 11:44 AM



       



      Hi Clyde, what info do you have on the guard? you can contact me at  burby9@...

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      From: clyde broadway <clydeabroadway@...>
      To: jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, December 1, 2011 8:16 AM
      Subject: Re: [jacksongenealogy] Alabama Nitre and Mining Corps.


       
      By the way, TWO of my great grandfathers served in Capt. Young's nitre company. They were James Alexander Gayle and Nicholas B. Broadway.
       
      Clyde Broadway

      --- On Thu, 12/1/11, Roger Burbank <burby9@...> wrote:

      From: Roger Burbank <burby9@...>
      Subject: Re: [jacksongenealogy] Alabama Nitre and Mining Corps.
      To: "jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com" <jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 1:15 AM

       

      Hi Doug, my 3rd great grandfather was a guard under Capt. Young. Calvin Walker Mccutchen he was killed at Coffee Town in 1863, just a few miles from home.  Would love to share. I could not get your email to work. Feel free to call me at 503-639-4381.  Roger

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      From: Doug Parker <drparker@...>
      To: jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:11 PM
      Subject: [jacksongenealogy] Alabama Nitre and Mining Corps.

       
      My gg grandfather, Capt. James Harvey Young commanded a group of soldiers
      that acted as guards for the mining operation at Sauta Cave; as well as a
      cave in DeKalb County. Included in this group was a sixteen ? year old named

      William T. Bennett; however I failed to find him listed on the roster I
      have. He was the gg uncle of my daughter-in-law Teresa Bennett Parker of
      Gurley, AL. Perhaps you can give me some guidance on my inquiry, for another
      source of reference. Bennett was one of the last CSA veterans in the state,
      and also served with

      M.E. Johnson's cavalry unit. Thanks for any help.

      drparker@...

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