Pelham Monument

10 12 2008


Before John Pelham (left) became “Gallant”, before he gained fame – and death, in March 1863 –  at the head of JEB Stuart’s horse artillery, he was a lieutenant in Capt. E. G. Alburtis’s Wise Artillery, attached to Col. Francis Bartow’s brigade of Johnston’s Army of the Shenandoah at First Bull Run.  By all indications, Capt. Alburtis was not with the battery on the day of the battle, and it was commanded by Pelham.  He wrote about his experience at the battle in this letter.

Here’s something interesting – below is the monument to Pelham in Anniston, AL (see here for more photos of the monument).  Anniston didn’t exist until after the war, but Pelham was born and is buried in nearby Jacksonville, AL. According to this site, the monument was erected on Quintard Ave in 1905.  There appear to be lots of things in Anniston named for the Pelham family.  What makes this so interesting to me is the fact that Anniston’s founder, who named the town for his daughter-in-law, Annie – Annie’s Town – Anniston, was none other than Daniel Tyler, Federal division commander at First Bull Run, likely one of the men Pelham was shooting at that day.


UPDATE 12/11/2008: Being a slave to sounds, I was struck by the name of the street on which the Pelham monument sits.  Charles Todd Quintard was the chaplain of the First Tennessee Infantry (of which Sam Watkins’ Co. Aytch was a part), and later was Episcopal Bishop of Tennessee.  So, I sent the following to friend Sam Elliott – no, not the actor famous for his role as The Stranger in The Big Lebowski, but rather the author of Soldier of Tennessee and editor of Doctor Quintard, Chaplain C.S.A. and Second Bishop of Tennessee:

Quick question: Anniston, AL was founded after the war by former US BG Daniel Tyler.  There is a monument to John Pelham (from nearby Jacksonville) in Anniston, located on Quintard Ave.  Do you have any idea if this street, the “main drag” of Anniston, was named for Doctor Quintard?

To which Sam quickly replied:

To answer your question, I’ve always thought so. 

Wikipedia says of Anniston:     “In 1872, Anniston’s Woodstock Iron Company organized by Samuel Noble and Union Gen. Daniel Tyler (1799-1882), rebuilt a furnace on a much larger scale, as well as a planned community.”

According to Quintard, Noble was a “very dear friend” and, although a northerner, was with Quintard on Easter Sunday, 1865 in Columbus, Ga. when James Wilson and his 12,000 Spencer-armed Yankee cavalrymen stormed the city, and he actually secured a guard for Quintard and his family.  Quintard said Noble was in the area to secure cotton for the Federal government, which I thought was odd, since the area was still under CS control. 

Sam followed that up with this treat: 

Harry, here’s a freebie from Google on my Quintard book: 

Thanks, Sam!



6 responses

11 12 2008
John Hoptak

Harry. . .
There’s more.
Following the war the chief of police for little old Anniston was none other than George “Tige” Anderson. . .


11 12 2008
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks, John. I also wonder if the street on which the monument is located, Quintard Ave, is in any way realted to the Bishop of Tennessee, Charles Todd Quintard, Chaplain of the 1st TN? Might just have to send Sam Elliott and email on that.


11 12 2008


There’s also a monument to Pelham near where he fell during the battle of Kelly’s Ford on March 17, 1863. It’s not on the spot where he fell, but relatively close.



12 12 2008
Harry Smeltzer


I’ve driven by it and may have a very blurry photo. I need to stop there again some time.



12 12 2008

Harry, Don,

Technically there are two Pelham monuments at Kelly’s Ford: is at the actual site where he fell.

Then there is one over close to Brandy Station (see the supporting photos):

In addition, there are several other Pelham monuments or markers around. One is at Fredericksburg: It is part of a series of “stones” placed around the F’burg and C’ville area.

And there is supposed to be a Pelham marker at White’s Ford, but I just cannot locate it. It is my “Great White Whale.”

And of course Pelham’s battlefield exploits and his final days are detailed on several interpretive markers.



12 12 2008
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks Craig!


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