Susan Presley Laney obtained the following papers from the NARA.
1. Volunteer Enlistment
Jefferson Haws volunteered on September 10, 1863,
at Stevenson, Alabama,
to serve as a soldier in the Army of the U.S.A. for the period
of one year.
The Volunteer Enlistment form states his age as "forty fore" and
that he has black eyes, dark hair,
dark complexion, and is five feet ten inches high.
Jefferson Haws' name is written in four places on the form. At the first
place, the name appears to be spelled "Hause." At the second place, it appears
that the name was first spelled "Hause," then corrected to "Haws."
The third place name appears to be spelled "Haws," but the copy has
the final letter(s) cut off. The spelling is unclear in the fourth place
because the copy has the signature cutoff. It is very likely that only
the name in the third place is Jefferson Haws's actual signature.
The other names were probably written by someone else, which may explain
the differing spellings.
2. Record of Death and Interment
"Name and number of person interred: Jefferson Haws
Number and locality of the grave: 6960 City Cemetery *
Hospital number of the deceased: (499) Cumberland General
Regiment, rank, and company: Private, Co. B, 1st Ala. Cav.
Residence before enlistment: Jackson County, Ala.
Conjugal condition: Married, widow resides in Stephenson, Ala.
Cause of death: Cardiack Dropsey
Age of the deceased: 46 years
References and remarks: (Wife) Address, Mary A. Haws, Stephenson, Ala.
Date of death and burial: March 28th, 1864
Effects: 1 Hat, 1 Pr. Boots, 1 Packer Book, and $1.40 in U.S. Currency"
3. Record of Death and Interment (Copy)
The copy has the same information as the previous document, except without the
"Effects" section. The bottom section of this document states,
Brig. Genl. C.L. Thomas, Adj. Genl. U.S.A,
Sir: It becomes my duty to inform
you that the person above described died at this Hospital as stated; and that it is desired his remains should be interred with the usual
Respectfully, C. McDermont, Surgeon, U.S.
Military Hospital, Cumberland, Nashville, Tenn."
This document appears to be an attempt to verify that
Jefferson Haws belonged to Co. B, 1st Ala. Cav.
Transcription of the lefthand side:
"Respectfully referred to the C.O. Co. B for Report
by order (signed) A. W. Elmon, Adj.
In the field Georgia, 20th May 1864
Qrs Blu [?] 1st Ala. Cav., 20 May '64
No such man has ever belonged to this organization
(signed) E. B. Weist [?]
Capt. 1 Ala. Cav. [?]"
Transcription of the righthand side:
"Cumb. Hospital, Nashville, June 16/64
This man reported himself as belonging to Co. B
1st Ala. Cav. and a Sergt now on duty here
remembers the fact. He may have been a recruit
who never joined his command. We often have such
cases giving rise to similar discrepancies
in the reports.
(signed) C. McDermont, Surg. [?] in charge"
5. Discharge Paper
"I certify, on honor, that Jefferson Haws, a private,
Captain George F. Allen Company B of the 1st Regiment
of Independent Volunteers, of the United States of America,
born in (blank), State of Kentuckey, aged 44 years; 5 feet
10 inches high; dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and by
occupation a farmer, having joined the company [at]
its original organization at Stevenson, Ala., and enrolled
in it at the muster in [to] the service of the United States
at Stevenson, Ala., on the 10th day of September 1863, for
the term of one year and having served HONESTLY and FAITHFULLY
with his Company in the 1st Indpt [?] to the present date,
is now entitled to a DISCHARGE by reason of Death at
[Cumberland] Hospital on the 28th Day of March 1864."
The said Jefferson Haws was last paid by Paymaster Maj. Bell,
to include the 31st day of October, 1863, and [?]
pay due him from that time to the present date.
He has received $47.51 advanced by the United States on account
Given in Duplicate, at Stevenson, Ala. this 1st day of June,
186, George F. Allen, Captain"
6. Company Muster Rolls
This document consists of four muster rolls for Jefferson Haws,
Pvt, Co. B, 1 Reg't Ala. & Tenn. Indpt. Vidette Cav.
The first roll, the Muster-in Roll,
shows that Jefferson enrolled for duty on Sept 10, 1863 at
Stevenson, Ala. The second roll shows that Jefferson was present
for muster on Oct. 31, 1863. The third roll
shows that Jefferson was absent (sick in hospital at Nashville,
Tenn.) on Feb. 29, 1864. The fourth roll is the Muster-out Roll,
dated June 16, 1864. It shows his age as 44 years, and that he
died at Columbia [should be "Cumberland"] Hospital March 28, 1864.
* Telephone calls to the
Historical Society in late December, 1999,
determined that Jefferson Haws does not appear on their list of people
buried in the Nashville City Cemetery.
However, Susan believes Jefferson Haws is buried there as indicated by the
Record of Death and Interment documents.
She is continuing the search for his physical burial site.