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Lester Weaver

Obituary of W. T. Weaver, Rogersville, Alabama.

Comrade W. T. Weaver died at his home, in Rogersville, Ala., on the 7th of January, 1920, in his eighty-third year. He was born on December 15, 1838, in Rogersville and had lived there all his long and useful life except during the four years he gave so willingly and gallantly to the Confederate cause. No braver man followed Lee and Jackson. He died among a host of friends, who sadly miss his genial presence.

In 1861 W. T. Weaver enlisted in the 27th Alabama Infantry, and his first battle was at Fort Donelson. With the remnant of the command which escaped capture, he was assigned duty with the 3d Mississippi Battalion. After the battle of Shiloh it was placed with another battalion, merged with the 33d Mississippi Regiment, and with this regiment went with Bragg's army into Tennessee, later participating in the battle of Perryville, where he displayed conspicuous bravery. He was in the battle of Murfreesboro, or Stones River, and January following was transferred to the 9th Alabama Cavalry (Malone's). In April he was captured at Bradyville, Tenn., was exchanged during the summer, and rejoined the regiment. After the battle of Chickamauga he went with Longstreet into Tennessee, then in January he was assigned to the secret service, operating in North Alabama and Tennessee until the close of the war.

Returning to Rogersville, Ala., after the war, Comrade Weaver engaged in farming and merchandising and at the time of his death was President of the Bank of Rogersville. He was very successful and amassed a competency, and "Tom" was ever ready to respond to the call of distress.

Comrade Weaver was married three times, his first wife, Miss Laura Lester, being my sister; she died in 1864, leaving two daughters. His last wife survives him, with one daughter of the first message.

Ever loyal to the cause for which he gave four of the best years of his life, one of the greatest enjoyments was in attending the reunions of his comrades and recounting the stirring events of the sixties. A devoted husband, an indulgent parent, and obliging meighbor, a true and tried friend, a loyal Confederate has passed to his reward.

[John H. Lester]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1920.

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