9/13/2004

Anthony Creel

Creel, Anthony
b.9/13/1833; d.6/11/1917.
CSA, 9th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment, Co.D; Private.
Dixie cemetery; Stephens County, OK.

Anthony was one of at least four brothers who served
in the Confederacy. Born in Scott County, Mississippi,
Anthony enlisted on 5/14/1862 and served in the 17th
Mississippi Cavalry (Steede's) Battalion, Co.E. He was
transferred on January 1, 1864 to Co.F. of this same unit.
The 17th MS was then consolidated with the 17th
Tennessee Cavalry (Sanders') Battalion to form a
part of the 9th Mississippi Cavalry (Miller's) Regiment.
Anthony served in the 9th's Company D (Stevens'
Company), a company composed primarily of men
from the Mississippi counties of Green and Perry.

The 9th Mississippi Cavalry was assigned to Ferguson's
and W. Adams' Brigade and served in the Department
of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. It was then
transferred to the Department of Alabama, Mississippi,
and East Louisiana. It was a part of Ferguson's brigade
(along with the 2nd and 56th Alabama Cavalry
Regiments) throughout the Atlanta Campaign
(May-September 1864). June 1864 saw the regiment
serving on the picket line near Kennesaw Mountain.
In the fall of 1864, the 9th was transferred to Gen.
Joseph Wheeler's Cavalry command and so served
during Sherman's march to, and seige of, Savannah
(December 1864).

Anthony was one of the few men left in this regiment to
surrender to Union forces in Meridian, Mississippi on
5/4/1865, many of the men in this regiment having
been captured in the fighting at Selma, Alabama on
4/2/1865. Anthony was paroled in Mobile, AL on
5/22/1865. At his surrender his place of residence was
listed as Perry County, Mississippi.

I know nothing of Anthony's life following the war nor
do I know when he came to Oklahoma. I do know he
was a married man and that his wife’s name was
"Nancy” (b.4/27/1842; d.6/13/1929). He was also a
member of a Masonic Lodge and there is a Masonic
symbol on his gravestone.

Anthony died in Ringling, OK, just outside of Stephens
County, but was buried in the Dixie Cemetery, just
inside Stephens County, OK. There is no indication of
his military service on his gravestone.

He probably had a CSA pension application on file with
the state of Oklahoma (# 336, reel #1 or # 3477, reel
# 9 under "Anthenry Creel"), but I have not yet seen
these applications to verify if they are indeed from
this man.