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Irby Mosby Robinson Shivers

Obituary of Jesse B. Shivers, Marion, Alabama.

The earthly activity of one of the most prominent and beloved citizens of Marion, Ala., was ended with the seath of Judge Jesse B. Shivers on September 25, 1914. He was born in Marengo County, Ala., April 27, 1839, the son of Dr. O. L. Shivers, a North Carolinian, who went to Alabama in early manhood and who served in the Mexican War. His wife was Miss Woodfin, a relative of Col. John H. Mosby and connected with the McLaurin family, of colonial fame.

Jesse Shivers graduated from Howard College, at Marion, in 1859 and later became a student of law at Cumberland University, Tennessee. He was teaching school in Alabama in 1861, when Fort Sumter fell, but returned home and enlisted in Company K, 8th Alabama Infantry, the first regiment from Alabama. The regiment was at Yorktown the first eleven months of its service, and it was in the battle of Williamsburg that its first laurels were won, losing about one hundred men, among them Lieut. Col. Thomas Irby. The regiment was then put in Wolcox's Brigade, and in the battle of Seven Pines it lost thirty-two killed, eighty wounded, and thirty-two missing. The 8th then took part in the desperate assault of Longstreet's Division on the enemy's position at Gaine's Mill and lost half of its three hundred and fifty men engaged.

In the spring of 1862 Comrade Shivers was transferred to the 11th Alabama, and a few days later his brigade at Frazier's Farm lost the commanding officers of eight companies and suffered a total loss of one hundred and eighty-two killed and wounded. There Comrade Shivers lost an arm and received six other serious wounds. Returning home, he was confined to his bed for eleven months. He later served as Mayor of Marion for ten years, was then County Superintendent of Education for ten years, and had served twenty-eight years as probate judge at the time of his death.

On July 7, 1871, Judge Shivers was married to Miss M. Louise Robinson, of Huntsville, Ala., whom he leaves to mourn his death, with the two daughters and two sons. His comrades of Camp Garrett, of Perry County, and his natice State of Alabama will honor and cherish his memory.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1915.

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