Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans,
Jeffrey Forrest Camp No. 323 and the Tennessee Society of the Order of
the Confederate Rose, Mariam Beck Forrest Chapter No. 5, hosted a grave
dedication service Saturday, August 25 at the Sand Hill Baptist
Church, located at 2697 Finch Road, Gleason, to honor Weakley County
Civil War veteran John R. Stalcup (1824 - 1915,
who is the great-grandfather of Gleason Mayor Jack Dunning, has the
distinction of being Weakley County's only Mexican War veteran. He
also served with the confederacy during the civil war. John Stalcup
was born June 20, 1824 at Trenton, Tenn.
His father and mother died when he was six
years old, and he was moved to Weakley county to be raised by his
Mr. Stalcup joined the U.S. 2nd Infantry at Huntingdon and fought during the Mexican war under Col. Bill Haskell
as part of Gid Pillow's brigade. Upon arriving in Mexico he took part
in battles of Monterrey, Buena Vista, and Cerro Gordo and was present
when the U. S flag was unfurled over the capital of Montezuma. He was
the only man from Weakley county to have the distinction of fighting
during this war.
In 1861, Mr. Stalcup again went to war, but this time for the
South. He joined the 51st Tennessee Confederate Infantry Co. K. He
fought during the battles of Shiloh, Murfreesboro,
Perryville (where he was wounded in
the shoulder by a piece of shell), Chickamauga, Missionary
Ridge, Franklin and Nashville. While imprisoned at Columbus and being
treated for a broken arm by federal authorities, he escaped from the
hospital about the time peace was established.
Upon returning to Weakley County, he found
his home devastated and impoverished. He set to work to regain in
peace that which he had lost
in war. He married twice and had a total of 10 children with only five
still living by 1915.
The Dresden Enterprise wrote an article about
Mr. Stalcup shortly before his death and described him as "a sterling
"Democrat" and that "his life has been marked by honesty and integrity
in all his dealings; and no man ever lost a dollar on him".
Prior to his death on March 19, 1915, Mr.
Stalcup requested that his coffin be entwined with the U.S. stars and
stripes and the Confederate stars and bars.
The grave marker of Weakley
County native John Stalcup (June 20, 1824 - March 19, 1915), indicates
that he served with the 2nd Tennessee Infantry during the Mexican War,
as well as with the 51st Tennessee Confederate Infantry during the