Private Edward P. Stanley


My great grandfather Edward P. Stanley in an iPhone camera copy of a tintype photo taken in the late 1850s-early 1860s. The image, as with all tintypes, is reversed. E.P. was a private in the Minutemen of Attala from the inception of the 13th Regiment in 1861 until the May, 1864, Battle of the Wilderness where he lost part of one leg to a bounding cannonball.

After the war Edward became a circuit-riding Methodist minister and farmer who married and begat four children. He was a friend of Newt Nash, another Minuteman, who mentioned Edward in one of his letters home as having joined the Methodist church in the popular religious revivals at Fredericksburg in the winter of 1862-63. Born in 1837, he died in 1900, possibly from complications of his wartime amputation which was not an uncommon problem. He’s buried in Lexington, Mississippi.

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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4 Responses to Private Edward P. Stanley

  1. Dick, do you know of a James Phillip Stanley, an Arkansas physician and a former lieutenant colonel in an Arkansas Confederate regiment, related to your Edward P. Stanley? My apologies if I’ve asked you that before.

  2. Dick Stanley says:

    No, sorry, I don’t know of any one by that name in the family tree. Unless he was a distant cousin and he’s been overlooked.

  3. Andrew B. Pierce says:

    Hi, Dick: I believe that Edward Parker Stanley was the son of Ann Rice (Stanley), who – after divorcing her first husband, Edward Parker Stanley Sr. – married Ervin McLellan. However, Ann had several siblings, one of whom – I believe – was Sarah Rice, who married a man named Monroe (possibly William or Robert). She had one son with Monroe, George Ervin Monroe, but then possibly married a man named “Bill Bell,” who I believe may have been my direct ancestor Jonathan Reuben Bell. With him, she had 9 children, but she vanishes from the genealogical online records (or, more correctly, she never appears) since she was not in the family home in Attala County, MS, at the time of the 1850 census. In any event, JR Bell moved with all his kids to TX in 1853 or so, but he was murdered there the next year. All the children were young and so they did not have any idea of their Rice connection. I would like to know if you might have any further information about this Rice family (Ann’s father was Leonard Rice, mother was Alice Merritt Irby Rice)… My email is I live in Gainesville, FL

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