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Burt Ellis Gross Hatcher Reed

Obituary of Thomas Jefferson Ellis, Orrville, Alabama.

Thomas Jefferson Ellis, mayor of Orrville, Ala., died on July, 25, 1920, at the age of eighty-one years. He served with distinction during the four years' conflict between the States, volunteering with his younger brother, James Ellis, in the Cahaba Rifles, and he was with that company during all of the campaign of the Army of Northern Virginia. He was a member of Rodes's Sharpshooters, being at one time in charge of this part of the regiment.

While in the forefront of the conflict during his entire service, the remarkable part of his career was that he never received a wound; but his brother James was killed in the Battle of Malvern Hill.

These two boys left their home and joined the Cahaba Rifles as members of the original company after being placed in the special care of Gen. John T. Morgan, who began his career as a fifer, but promotion was so rapid that he was taken away from his original company and placed in command of a regiment; but General Morgan never forgot the boys he started out with from his old home.

Mr. Ellis was a man of innate modesty and seldom could be induced to tell anything regarding his service. He was a patriotic soldier, a true citizen, a devoted husband and father. On December 13, 1866, he married Miss Elizabeth Hatcher, daughter of Henry Crawford Hatcher, of Martin Station. Surviving him are his wife and four children-Col. Crawford H. Ellis, of New Orleans; J. H. Ellis, of Los Angeles; Mrs. Maime E. Reed, of Orrville; and Mrs. W. H. Gross, of Selma-besides four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He leaves many other relatives in Dallas County, and among these are three brothers-Gen. B. F. Ellis and J. M. Ellis, of Orrville, and George W. Ellis, of Montgomery-and a sister-Mrs. M. J. Burt, of Orrville.

Truly a good man has gone to his reward.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1920.

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