The Son of a Confederate Soldier

I stumbled on the amazing story today and wanted to share – it’s about Mike Yancy, a

Mike Yancy and his father, Confederate veteran John S. Yancy -
Mike Yancy and his father, Confederate veteran John S. Yancy –

retired 90-year old veteran living in Cordova, Tennessee. Mike’s FATHER was John S. Yancy, who served in the 7th Mississippi Cavalry. Here is a link to the story:

Here is the Confederate pension application of John S. Yancy:

J.S. Yancy Pension

And here is the pension application of his wife, Pearl Yancy, filed in 1955:

Pearl Yancy pension application

John S. Yancy died August 13, 1928, and was buried in Rucker Cemetery, Tippah County, Mississippi. Here is the tombstone application Pearl Yancy filled out to obtain a government headstone for her husband:

John S. Yancy tombstone application

And here is his grave:

The grave of John S. Yancy in Rucker Cemetery, Tippah County, Mississippi -
The grave of John S. Yancy in Rucker Cemetery, Tippah County, Mississippi –

John S. Yancy has been dead for 85 years, but his legacy lives on in his son, Mike Yancy, a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

UPDATE 9/4/2013 – I have done a little more research on John S. Yancy, and found some additional information about him that is very interesting. Shortly after his son Mike was born, the Tippah County newspaper, the Southern Sentinel, published the following article on December 20, 1923:

“Tippah County probably has the distinction of having the youngest ‘son of a Confederate veteran’ in the United States. This youngster came into the world on the 12th of this month and is a son of J. Sam Yancy, age 76, who saw active service in the Confederate army and was engaged in the Battle of Brice’s Cross Roads, 20 miles southeast of Ripley. Mr. Yancy is living with his third wife, a young woman whose 29th birthday will be celebrated in a few days. Mr. Yancy has a great grandchild older than this son of his.”

I also found an obituary for Yancy in the Southern Sentinel, August 16, 1928. It reads in part:

“Mr. J. Sam Yancy, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of this county, passed away on Monday evening at eight 0’clock, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Bartlette in Ripley. Mrs. Yancy is in the hospital at Booneville for an operation and on account of her absence Mr. Yancy was carried to the home of his daughter. His remains were laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon in the Rucker graveyard. Mr. Yancy leaves six children by his first marriage…And by his second marriage he leaves a widow and one child, Mike, about four years of age…Though very young for military service at the outbreak of the war between the states he saw service in the Confederate army…Mr. Yancy was a good friend, a good neighbor, a good citizen and good Christian man. Having been so long a familiar figure around Ripley he will be much missed, especially by the older people who had been his life long friends. The Sentinel extends its deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.”



6 thoughts on “The Son of a Confederate Soldier

  1. 7th MS cavalry implies he was a MS state cavalry company member consolidated into Confederate service in late 1863, right? Going by memory, these new regiments comprised the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th MS Cavalry. Imagine if Pettus had the foresight to consolidate these regiments prior to May 1863.

    1. Tony,
      The unit was originally designated the First Mississippi Partisan Rangers, and was organized in 1862 under authority granted to General Sterling Price. It was never a state militia unit – in 1864 the unit was redesignated the 7th Mississippi Cavalry, which is the name is still commonly known by.

  2. I love the picture of the father and son, but am always saddened when I read these types of stories because almost invariably the real son or daughter lost their father at a young age. Excellent post and corroborating information.

    1. Thanks, I appreciate the reply. I just find it amazing that 150 years after the Civil War, the son of a soldier in that conflict is still with us. It makes that span of time between then and now seem much shorter.

  3. John S Yancey is my Great Great Grandfather. I have had the pleasure of meeting Mike. This read was very interesting to me. My father had the above photo hanging in his house.

  4. John S Yancey was my Great Great Grandfather. I met Mike Young Yancey a few years back. This posting was an interesting read. A copy of the photo of John and Mike as a little boy is hanging in my fathers house.

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