MOSE GRESHAM – PVT, Company "G" 4th Kentucky Infantry Regiment C.S.A.

MOSE GRESHAM or Moses / Moze/Moss- Grissom /Grissum was born in Calloway County Kentucky August 16, 1836. He was the son of James Lawson Gresham and Elizabeth Dunn. He was also the grandson of Moze Gresham and Elizabeth Boyd. He is listed as 14 years old in the 1850 census of Calloway County in the household of his father James Gresham age 38 and his stepmother Mary (Shirley) age 23. Along with Eliza Ann age 18 F, Jane E.16F, then Moses, Thomas J. 12 m, Martha H, 6 F, E. B.  4 m, Minerva F. 9 m F

In the 1860 census of Trigg County, Moses is in the household of B. Wallis age 28, E. J.  Wallis 24 f, TA Wallis 6 m P.F. Wallis 4 f, Wm. Wallis 3/12 then listed last is Moses GRISHAM age 24 listed as a farm laborer. His father, stepmother and siblings are all still listed on the Calloway County Census in 1860 and again in 1870.

 Moses Gresham is listed in Perrin's History of Trigg County as one of about 93 men that rendezvoused at Canton It Trigg County to form a company for the Confederate States Army. They marched to Camp Burnett, Montgomery County Tennessee where they were sworn into confederate service and becoming Company
"G"4th Kentucky Infantry Regiment. The 4th Kentucky Inf. Regiment was part of the famous "Orphan" Brigade officially called the 1st Kentucky Brigade.

 Mose Grissom is listed in the Company Muster-in roll as a Private in Co. G, 4th Regiment Kentucky Infantry, age 26 years.

Company Muster-in roll, it states:
 For the organization named above, roll dated Camp Burnett Sept 14th 1861 muster in to date Sept 14th 1861

• Joined for duty and enrolled
• When: Sept 14th 1861
• Where: Camp Burnett
• By Whom: May Hewitt
• Period: 3 years or the war
• Traveling to place of rendezvous 60 No. of Miles.

On Company Muster roll dated Jan 1st to may 1st 1862 Under remarks it states:

Wounded at Shiloh April 6, Sent to Castilian springs.
On company muster roll dated Sept 1st 1862 - Discharged July 25th 1862 at

On a copy of his discharge, that is only partly legible, is what I can make out.

Army of the Confederate States Certificate of Disability for Discharge.

M. Gresham Private-Of Captain J. W.  Thompsons Company "I" 4th Regt. Kentucky Vols. Confederate States Infantry, was enlisted by Capt J. L.  Trice of 4th regt KY vols. at Camp Burnett Montgomery County, Tennessee on the 3rd day of Sept 1861, to serve 3 years. He was born in Calloway County in the state of Kentucky (The next line is hardly readable.) It then says fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, by occupation (the next 2 words I can’t read) then it says farmer.
 During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 60 days. J. W.  Thompson

Captain (not legible) 4th Regiment KY vols. certify that I have carefully examined the said M. Gresham and find him unable to perform the duties of a soldier because of a wound in the left hand resulting in the loss of his index finger and leaving his thumb ACKALOSED ???? At the Metacarpus? -phalange articulation (I think that is what is says) In my opinion he is unfit for military service therefore recommend his discharge.
                                    S.D. Brickinridge Asst surgeon 4th KY Regiment

 Mose Gresham's discharge was endorsed and approved. He went home where he was apparently arrested for something. (Note his grandparents and a lot of his aunts and uncles lived in Caldwell Co. KY)

Moses Gresham Pvt Co G 4th regiment KY, appears on Descriptive Roll of Prisoners of war at Camp Chase in OHIO.

• Where: Caldwell County Kentucky
• When:  DEC 5th 1862
• Arrived: at Camp Chase Ohio
• When: Jan 10, 1863
• By whose order: Col John W. Forbes
• Height: 5 ft 6 in
• Age: 26
• Eyes: blue
• Hair: ?
• Complexion: fair

Moses Gresham Pvt Co.... G 4th Regt KY
Name appears as signature to a roll of Prisoners of war at Camp Chase Ohio, Transferred March 28th 1863 to City Point, VA for exchange roll undated where captured; Caldwell County KY
When captured: DEC 5th 1862.
So as you can see from the aforementioned material, he enlisted into the Confederate Army Co G., 4th KY Infantry at Camp Burnett in Montgomery County Tennessee. He was wounded at Shiloh and then was sent to a Hospital at Castilian Springs, Mississippi. He was later discharged from the Army at Vicksburg and went back to Kentucky. He was probably living with relatives in Caldwell County wher he was then arrested and sent to Camp Chase in Ohio where he was exchanged. After being exchanged, he rejoined the Confederate Army re-enlisting into his old unit Company G 4th Kentucky Infantry

 Moses Gresham Pvt co. G 4 reg't Kentucky Infantry appears on company Muster roll of the organization named earlier for March and April 1863

• When: April 14th 1863
• Where: Manchester
• By  whom: Capt Trice
• Period 3 years or the war
• Last Paid :
• By Whom: Never Paid
• present OR ABSENT: Present
• Remarks: Reenlisted. Bounty now due him and was at time of discharge

M. Gresham Co. G 4th regt ky Name appears on Hospital Muster Roll Bell Hospital Rome Ga., for Sept. and Oct 1863 "Dated November 1st 1863.
On company muster roll dated July 1at to October 31st 1863
Present or absent: absent
Remarks: wounded

Also on roll dated November and December 1863
states: absent wounded.
Jan and Feb 1864: sick at Hospital
March and April 1864; absent on sick Furlough
May 1st to August 31st 1864: present
Sept and Oct 1864: present

 There is no copy of an Oath of Allegiance in his service record.

From Thompson History Of the Orpahn Brigade. M. Gresham - Trigg County, fought at Shiloh, was so badly wounded there that he was shortly afterward discharged; after having gone home and recovered in some measure he returned to the command at Beech Grove, Tenn., and reenlisted; fought afterward at Jackson, Chickamauga, and Mission Ridge; was accidentally wounded by a comrade at the later place, and disabled for further service.

Moses returned to Kentucky where he later Married Sarah F. Martin In Trigg County. The following is from her widows pension application.

resident of Cadiz, Trigg County, Kentucky.  Been resident all my life, 64 years. Born in Trigg County, September 9th, 1843. Maiden name was Sarah Frances Martin Husband was born in Calloway County, Kentucky
Enlisted at Camp Burnett, Tennessee in Aug. 1861 in company G 4th Kentucky Infantry, Served the entire war.
Surrendered at Washington Ga. May 7th 1865
Has life interest in $600.00 worth of land, with personal property worth not
exceeding $225.

 I have a family of 4 children, all of whom are married, consisting of two
boys and two girls. I reside with my son, Thomas Gresham. Dated 13th day of May 1912 witnessed by E. A.  Cunningham.

 In the 1880 census I find Moses Gresham and his father and stepmother all
living in Trigg County.
 #134 James GRISSUM age 69
          Mary                  age 55
          Nancy                      24
          Ellen D.                    17
 #149    MOSS GRISSUM age 45
             Sarah F. age 25
             John W. age 10   SON
             Lorena age 8        DAU
             Thomas Lee   age 4  SON
              ELIZA J. age 4/12 DAU

 Moses and Sarah are buried in the Pete Light Cemetery in Trigg County. It is located just off US HWY 68 a mile before you get to the main entrance to Lake Barkley State Park, and about a mile past Hill Top Market.
The tombstone says:

MOSE GRESHAM Pvt. Ky. Brigade, 4th Regiment, CO "G" C. S. A.  August 16th, 1836 - Aug 11, 1881
SARAH F. GRESHAM Sept. 19th 1846-DEC 15, 1919.

Submitted by Clifton T Boyd - Moses Gresham was my Great-great-great Uncle actually my half uncle. His half sister Martha Helen Gresham, daughter of James Lawson Gresham and Mary (Shirley) Gresham married Rufus King Boyd in Trigg County 28 March 1875 They were my great, great grandparents.