I finally found the time to run the names of some of the 13th’s commissioned and non-commissioned officers through the federal 1860 Slave Schedules Census search engine at Ancestry.com
I have, so far, found the following slave ownership (or lack thereof) information that fits the names and home city/county (compiled by McLean and Howell) for nineteen initial field & service staff officers of the regiment and ten initial company captains.
More will be added here as I run the names for the staff replacements through the war and the rest of the company officers and their replacements. Eventually I’ll try to do a separate post on all of the privates.
So far, it seems that six of the initial nineteen field & service staff officers—including the commander, Col. Barksdale—and half of the initial ten company captains owned a total of 179 slaves.
Some historians, as noted in the comments to this post, think it’s significant if a soldier’s wife, parents, siblings or other close relative owned slaves. To the extent that I can find such relationships, I will include them, though I think personal ownership has more meaning.
And what is that meaning? Not, as historians such as Joseph Glatthaar in General Lee’s Army, From Victory to Collapse, contend, that it means they were “fighting for slavery.” Just that they were the last participants in an old racist American institution which many people and societies today rightly condemn.
Colonel/later Brigadier General William Barksdale, of Lowndes County, MS, apparently owned 36 slaves, ranging in age from a 1-year-old male to an 83-year-old female.
Lt. Col. Mackerness Hudson Whitaker of Marion, MS, apparently owned none.
Adjutant Edwin A. Miller, of Waynesboro, Wayne County, is not listed as owning slaves.
Major Isham Harrison, of Lowndes County, seems to have owned 49 slaves, ranging in age from a 10 yr old male to a 70 yr old female.
Quartermaster Captain James H. Turner, also of Lowndes County, seems to have owned 9 slaves, from a 4 yr old male to a 39 yr old female.
Surgeon John T. Gilmore, a doctor, of Crawfordsville, MS, apparently was not a slave owner.
Acting Assistant Surgeon Albert G. Anderson, of Kosciusko in Attala county, is listed as owning 2 slave children, ages 6 and 3.
Assistant Surgeon Thomas P. Bell, of DeKalb, Kemper County, is listed as owning 6 slaves, all of them males from age 14 to 28.
Hospital Steward Thomas D. Reid, of Lauderdale Station, Lauderdale county, is not listed owning slaves.
Chaplain J. Richard Farrish, of Kosciusko, is not listed owning slaves.
Sergeant Major John Benjamin Daniel, of DeKalb, in Kemper County, apparently owned no slaves.
Commissary-Subsistence Captain Duncan P. McAllum, of DeKalb, is not listed as owning any slaves. However, his muster roll shows him bringing a servant/cook named Charles with him when he joined the regiment. And a Duncan R. McAllum in Kemper County, possibly his brother, is listed as owning 26 slaves, ranging in age from a 3 yr old male to a 50 yr old male.
Quartermaster Sergeant, later Captain Robert C. Topp, of Columbus, in Lowndes County, is not listed owning any slaves.
Quartermaster Sergeant (and diarist) William H. Hill, of Palo Alto, Clay County, MS, is not listed as a slave owner.
Commissary Sergeant David C. Smith, of Stonewall, Clarke county, is not listed owning slaves.
Commissary Sergeant William A. McClure, of Shubuta, Clarke county, is not listed owning slaves.
Ordnance Sergeant James Isham Hudson, of Louisville, Winston county, is not listing as a slave owner.
Band Master T. Dwight Nutting, of Attala County, is not listed as a slave owner.
Drum Major (!) Slyvanus Jackson Quinn, of Louisville, in Winston County, is not listed as owning slaves.
Minutemen of Attala Captain Lorenzo D. Fletcher, of Kosciusko, apparently owned 18 slaves, ranging from a 2 yr old male to a 50 yr old male.
Spartan Band Captain William H. Worthington, of Columbus, Lowndes County, is not listed as a slaveholder.
Winston Guards Captain John M. Bradley, of Louisville, Winston County, is not listed as a slaveowner. Nor are his father and three brothers.
Wayne Rifles Captain William J. Eckford, of Waynesboro, Wayne County, is not listed as a slaveholder.
Kemper Legion Captain John W. Carter, of Kemper County, is listed as owning 5 slaves, from a 7 yr old female to a 36 yr old male.
Newton Rifles Captain Montgomery Carlton, of Newton, in Newton County, is not listed as a slave holder.
Alamutcha Infantry Captain Peter H. Bozman, of Beat 5, Lauderdale, in Lauderdale County, is listed as owning 10 slaves, from a 9 yr old female to a 36 yr old female.
Lauderdale Zouaves Captain Kennon McElroy, of Lauderdale County, is not listed as a slave owner.
Secessionists Captain Daniel R. McIntosh, of Clarke County, is listed as owning 13 slaves, from a 9 yr old male to a 44 yr old female.
Pettus Guards Captain Samuel J. Randell is listed as owning 30 slaves, from a 1 yr old female to a 50 yr old male.
(This post will be continually updated)