Tuesday, February 14, 2012

150th Anniversary Battle of Montevallo

For those that are interested in attending I'll speak briefly about the Gabbert Family and Montevallo at the event.  A few of my notes.

William "Old Man" Gabbert was the grandson of Charles DePauw, a French Hussar (light cavalry) who came to America in 1780 with Rochambeau and was part of the first French Foreign Legion (Lauzun's Legion). After the American Revolution DePauw stayed in America and was a friend of the first Governor of Kentucky, Isaac Shelby. Charles Depauw was also involved with General George Rogers Clark after the American Revolution in an attempt to take an army to New Orleans to overthrow the Spanish. Charles Depauw was also with Isaac Shelby in the War of 1812. William "Old Man" Gabbert's other grandfather was George Gabbert and he was in Captain Buchanan's Augusta County, VA Militia in the American Revolution.

William's oldest sons were John and Peter Gabbert who were both involved in Gabbert's Guerrilla Command of about 25 men. In early winter, 1862, when the mayfield boys and John Gabbert captured, disarmed and unhorsed 27 Federal cavalrymen going, a few at a time, to water their horses in McCarty Creek, west of Monevallo, they sent their sisters Ella and Eliza Gabbert to the Federal camp to offer to trade the 27 for Capt. Henry Taylor, then a prisoner at Ft Scott. The offer being refused, they simply released the 27, after making them swear allegiance to the Confederacy. John Gabbert, was a partisan ranger and was killed on April 23, 1863, by a Federal scouting party from either the 6th Kansas or 3rd Wisconsin on the road between the Gabbert farm and old Montevallo. He was but 24 years of age, and his wife was much youmger.

Thomas Jefferson Gabbert was William's 3rd son and named after Williams father. Jeff Gabbert's Confederate Pension states that he joined Tom Livingston in Jasper County, Mo early in 1863 and served until the end of the war 1865. He was in Company A, First Missouri Stand Watie Battalion and Cooper's Divison.

Eliza Gabbert was known as a "Lady Bushwhacker" and was involved in many events and William Gabbert's oldest daughter. Every Mayfield, down to infants in the cradle, says the History of Vernon County, was a staunch Confederate, and clearly as much was true of the Gabberts. Nothing daunted by the violent deaths of many of their menfolk, the daughters and sisters took up the cause in their stead. Ella Mayfield was the most noteworthy, with Eliza Gabbert running a close second.

William Gabbert was in Cedar County burning the Militia's homes (May 1863) and some of his band returned to his farm and were sleeping in the yard. The Militia cut their trail and ambushed them killing 7 of his men. The Militia burned his home but William escaped and the Militia returned home to their burnt houses. My great great grandmother Martha Emeline Gabbert was 11 years old when they burned her house. William died in October 1863 and is buried in Arkansas.

Lastly when the program was sent to me I missed the reference to the "Civil War" as it is just a draft of the real program we are working on. I have changed the attachment to reflect the corrected version.


Bob Capps
KSSSAR Vice President
KSSSAR Color Guard Commander
South Central District Color Guard Commander
NSSAR Historic Sites, Celebrations & Reenactments Committee