Saturday, October 8, 2011

Captain Adam C. Irvine, 1841-1908, 3rd Reg't TX Cavalry

Adam C. Irvine was born in Madison County Kentucky in 1841, the son of Albert G. Irvine and Ann Howell Brown. He married Mary Frances Moss in 1869.   His daughter Annie F. Irvine married Oscar Frank Scott (see picture below for the Scott family).  Oscar's mother was Mary Helen Moran, the sister of John W. Moran.  John W. Moran is my husband's great grandfather.  That's the Irvine/Scott/Moran connection in this instance. Of course this does not even begin to address the fact that another of John W. Moran's sisters, Agnes Moran, married Benjamin Dabney Irvine.  I don't know if Adam C. Irvine is related to Benjamin Irvine or not.  What I do know is that there were a lot of marriages taking place within the Irvine/Scott/Moran families just as there had been in the Gunn/Boyd/Moran families.

I also wonder about the surname Moss.  Adam's wife was Mary Frances Moss, we have a picture of J.Moss Jr from 1870.  The picture was taken in Leavenworth Kansas.  Is related to Mary Frances Moss?  Obviously more to research there!

Adam Irvine's daughter Annie, married Oscar Scott.

In the Civil War service records you will see Adam's name spelled several ways: Irvine, Irvin, Irwin, Irwine. There is also some question about whether his middle name is Charles or Copeland. He was a 1st and 2nd Lieutenant with Co. K, 3rd  Regiment Texas Cavalry.

This article comes from the March 1908 Confederate Veteran:
Capt. A. C. Irvine. (I've not seen where he was a Captain, he was listed as a private, 1st Lieutenant, and 2nd Lieutenant)

After several weeks of illness, Capt. A.C. Irvine passed away January 12, 1908, at his home in Gainesville, Texas.

Adam C. Irvine came from a long line of distinguished citizens of Virginia and Kentucky.  His grandfather was a hero of the early struggles in the "dark and Bloody Ground."  His uncle was a major in the War of 1812 and became a prisoner of the English when General Winchester was defeated at the battle of River Raisin, on January 22, 1813.  After the war he served as a member of the Kentucky Legislature.  Another uncle, David Irvine, was County Clerk of Madison County Kentucky for forty years.

His father, Albert G. Irvine, removed to missouri in 1835 and in 1837 married Mrs. Ann Howell Brown, who had returned from Texas as the widow of Capt. John Brown, who came to Texas in 1824.  Captain Brown was a prisoner among the Indians for eighteen months, and was afterwards a merchant in San Antonio.)  The father of Captain Irvine was a pious man and filled a local Methodist pulpit in Kentucky; but he was game, and would brook no insult.  He was once insulted in Cincinnati by a burly policeman and quickly throwing off his ministerial coat, he administered a good thrashing to the minion of the law.

At the age of twenty Adam C. Irvine enlisted in Troop K, 3d Texas Cavalry, and served throughout the war without ever returning home (He did request a leave of absence in Dec. 1863 but apparently it was denied).  Of his Texas commanders were Whitfield and Ross.  Later he was with W. H. Jackson, while in the latter part of the war he was with Forrest.  His first battle was Oak Hills, Mo.  In 1862 he was in the battle of Elkhorn, where Generals McCulloch and McIntosh fell.  He crossed the Mississippi with Gen. Van Dorn.  In the reorganization at Corinth he was elected lieutenant, and soon afterwards became first lieutenant.  He was with Beauregard in the retreat from Tupelo, and was in the battle of Iuka.  In Van Dorn's great raid on Holly Springs he commanded the scouts.  In the fight at Middleburg he was highly complimented for his work and was promoted to a captaincy.

As a captain in Ross's Brigade, he saw service day and night for four weeks on picket duty, as his command covered the retreat to Jackson.  The hard service in sandy bottoms caused Captain Irvine to lose his sight, and he was in the hospital for some time; but he recovered in time to lead the raid on Bolton Depot and the capture of the place with many prisoners.  He next encountered seventy-four negroes while in a flanking party near Vicksburg, and it is state that only two of the and one of their white officers escaped alive.  Under General Forrest Captain Irvine participated in the battles of Franklin and Murfreesboro.  Later he went West with Ross, and his command surrendered at Clinton, LA., on June 22, 1865.

After the war he returned to Texas, and in 1870 returned to Tennessee, where he again met Miss Moss; and on October 11, 1870, they were married. (Actually, the Tennessee state license says the marriage took place Oct 11, 1869)  They lived for ten years in Pulaski, and then returned to Texas.  He had been in Gainesville for many years, and was a man who was loved by all who knew him.  At the time of his death he was Quartermaster General of the Third Division of Forrest's Cavalry, United Confederate Veterans.

Captain Irvine is survived by a widow and one daughter, Mrs. Oscar F. Scott, of Gainesville."

The next entry is from Texans Who Wore the Gray by Sid S. Johnson:
A.C. Irvine
Adam C. Irvine, of Gainesville, Texas, is a native of Kentucky, removed to Texas in 1858, and settled in Tyler.  He enlisted at Tyler, Texas, in Company K, 3rd Texas Cavalry, and served four years with great gallantry.  He was with Whitfield, Ross, W.H. Jackson and Forrest.  He was First Lieutenant of his company and sustained the good reputation of being always ready for active duty.

Col. Irvine participated in the following battles:  Oak Hills, Mo., Pea Ridge, Ark. thence crossed the Mississippi River with Van Dorn and Price, at Farmington, Iuka, Corinth, Holly Springs, Thompson's Station, Tenn., Jackson, Miss.; Rome and Jonesboro Ga., and many other lesser engagements.  He was with Gen. Joe Johnston from Dalton to Atlanta; with Hood in Tennessee and bore a conspicuous part in the fated battle of Franklin.  Fought around Mobile and with Forrest at Murfreesboro where a supply train was captured with one hundred and fifty prisoners.  He was a dashing cavalry officer in Ross' Texas Brigade.