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John Prestidge
Larkin Prestridge - Grade 1, Rank, Spye, Detachment of INfantry & Spys under the command of Lt. William Lawrence at Ft. Irwin -service of US

WAR OF 1812

Howell Prestridge - Nixon's 13th Regiment of the Mississippi Militia
John Prestridge - Nixon's 13th Regiment of the Mississippi Militia
Robert Prestridge - Capt John Bonds Co. of G. H. Nixon's Mounted Riflemen
Samuel Prestridge - Nixon's 13th Regiment of the Mississippi Militia
Samuel Prestridge - Capt Peter Barnett's Company of Militia, Battalion of Infantyr Miss. Territory
William A. Prestridge Co. A. Mississippi Infantry

Aaron Day Cardwell
Alonzo Prestage 10th Regiment, Michigan Cavalry - Union
Anderson Prestidge - 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry - Uinon
B.F. Prestridge - 3rd Regiment, Alabama Reserves
Benjamin Bagley Prestridge Company I, 3rd Alabama Regiment, CSA
Charles A. Prestage - 86th Regiment, Ohio Infantry - Union
Daniel Prestage - 7th Regiment, Michigan Infantry - Union
Daniel Prestage - 6th Regiment, US. Cavalry - Union
E. Prestage - 44th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, CSA
G. H. Prestridge - 1st Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Monroe's)
George Washington Meadows - Union Army
George Prestidge - 1st Regiment, Alabama Calvary - Union
George Prestidge - 6th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
George Prestage - 6th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
George Washington Prestridge - Company D, 44th Alabama Infantry Regiment,CSA - (wounded/died)
H. P. Prestage - 40th regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Henry Prestage - 62nd Regiment, Ohio Infantry - Union
Hiram Prestridge P. - 40th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
J. B. Prestridge - 4th Regiment, Confederate Infantry
J. C. Prestridge - 63rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry
J. Prestridge - 31st Regiment, Louisiana Infantry
J. J. Prestridge - 1st Regiment, Louisana Infantry Reserves
James Thomas Jefferson Prestage - Company F, 42nd Mississippi Infantry
James Prestridge - 12th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry
James B. Prestridge - 40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry
James N. Prestage - 17th Regiment, Indian Infantry - Union
James Steen Prestridge - Lt. Colonel, 22nd MS Infantry
James W. Prestridge - 12 Regiment, Louisiana Infantry
Jefferson A. Prestage - 42nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
John Prestage - 23rd Regiment, Michigan Infantry - Union
John Prestage - 3rd Regiment, Alabama Reserves
John Prestage - 23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry
John Prestige - 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry - Union
John Cranford Preatridge<><> John H. Prestage - 7th Regiement, Ohio - Union
John H. Prestidge - 5th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (State Troops)
J. M. Prestidge - Claiborne Regiment, Louisiana Militia
John Milton Prestridge - PVT. Alabama, Elijah Thompson's Compnay, CSA
John R. Prestidge - 21st Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Texas Lancers)
John W. Prestidge - 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
John Wesley Prestidge - Company B, 17th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Moore's)
Joseph Benjamin Prestridge - Company F, 40th Alabama Infantry, CSA
Joseph R. Prestridge - 4th Regiment, Confederate Infantry
L. Prestridge - 31st Regiment, Louisiana Infantry
Larkin Prestidge - Company K, 5th Texas Calvary (Mounted Volunteers), CSA
Robert N. Prestridge - 56th Regiment NY Infantry National Guard
Rufus Prestidge - 21st Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Texas Lancers)
Samuel Prestidge - Garland's Battalion, Mississippi Cavalry
Samuel Prestridge - 14th Regiment, Confederate Cavalry
S. C. Prestidge - 12th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
S. C. Prestidge - 22nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Sylvester Prestridge - 24th Battalion, Mississippi Cavalry (Moorman's)
T. I. Prestridge - Yerger's Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
T. J. Prestage - 11th Regiment, Texas Infantry (Roberts)
T. J. Prestridge - 4th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (4th Mounted Volunteers)
Thomas J.Prestridge - 1st Regiment, Mississippi Light Artillery
Thomas R. Prestage - 18th Regiment, New York Cavalry - Union
W. A. Prestridge - 2nd Battalion, Mississippi Infantry (State Troops)
W. A. Prestridge - 14th Regiment, Confederate Cavalry
W. P. Prestidge - 7th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Wiley Prestridge - 24th Battalion, Mississippi Cavlry (Moorman's)
Wiley P. Prestridge - Company B, 7th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (PVT/CORP)
William Prestridge - 1st Regiment, Alabama Conscripts
William Prestridge - 22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry
William A. Prestridge - PVT. Company A, 3rd Alabama Calvary, CSA
William A. Prestridge - Wood's Regiment, Confederate Cavalry (1st MS Cavalry)(Wirt Adam's Regiment)
William Augustus Prestridge - Company F, 40th Alabama Infantry, CSA
William Henry Prestridge - Alabama CSA
William M. Prestage - 1st Battalion, Tennessee Light Artillery - Union
William Stuart Rogers - Company K, 12th Texas Cavalry
Wilson Prestidge - 17th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry
Zachariah Prestridge - Comapny B, 7th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (PVT)
Zack Prestridge - 14th Regiment, Confederate Cavalry

Horatio Gates Perry - Killed
Loamie Jasper Perry - Died


Aaron Daniel Prestridge
Clarke Augustus Prestridge
John Barney Prestridge - (16 September 1892 - 26 September 1918) KIA
John Nathaniel Prestridge
Marshall Prestridge
McKenzie Prestridge
Oran Randall "Perk" Prestridge
Oran Rondel Prestridge
Quincy Dewey "Pete" Prestridge Sr.
Samuel S. Prestridge
Urban Moore "Jack" Prestridge
Wiliam Elijah "Liege" Prestridge
William Walter Allen - Pvt in 29th Company - d.1/12/1919
Wiley P. Prestridge

Alfred Burton Prestridge Sr.
Arthur Lee Harris
Billups Gayle Prestridge
Bryce Prestage
Carl Edison Prestridge
Claude Henry Prestridge
Curtis Prestridge (US Army)
D.V. Fennel
Dalton Alvis Prestridge
Derrell Lester Martin - Army
Durwood D. Prestridge - KIA
Ebey Leroy Clark - KIA
Elbert Carl Prestridge
Elmer Leslie Prestridge
Elton Lee Prestridge
Francis Eugene Brumfield
Fred Herman Williams
Fred Reese Seal
George Thomas Prestridge, Co. C 298th Engineers, U.S. Army
George Wallace Prestridge
Grace Elaine Prestridge
Harry Haynes Mercer
Herbert June Prestridge
Herman E. Prestridge - KIA
Herman Eugene Rogers, Sr. - Army
Hilman Prestridge - US Army<> Holly Joe Loe - Navy
Howard F. Prestidge- KIA
James E. Parker
James A. Prestridge
James Aldon Prestridge
James Herbert Prestridge
James R. Rogers - US Marie Corps
Jefferson Leon Prestridge
John Howard Prestridge
John Robert Rogers - Navy
L.B. "Bill" Rogerts T/5 - Army
Lancett Aaron Prestidge
Lee Roy Prestridge
Lloyd Prestridge
Lunie G. Parmer
Marshall Marie Menasco
Montie Paul Rogers - US Air Force
Norwood Prestridge
Preston W. George
Raines Candler Hayes
Rairod Earl Prestridge
Richard Hollis Prestage
Robert Taskell Prestridge - (15 May 1920 - 23 May 1944) KIA
Roy B. Shilling Sr.
Stencil R. Prestage
Steve Prestridge - KIA
Thomas Frost Prestridge - Co. A, 512, M. P. Bn., Alabama Infantry
Thomas Milford Messer
Troy Brown - KIA
Vernice Leon Prestridge
William Harold Kearney, US Navy
William "Bill" Alva Prestridge
William Bagley Prestridge
William Ira Prestridge
William Wesley Crim
Willie Willard Prestridge
Zena B. Barnett - US Arm Air Forces


Alfred Burton Prestridge, Sr.
Arlen Odell Prestridge
David Williams
Flora Margaret "Jill" Agee
Harold Eugene Daughdril
Harold Leslie Prestridge Sr.
Horace W. Van Cleave
James Derward Prestridge
James H. Rogers - US Marie Corps
Jefferson Leon Prestridge
Kevin Eugene Boswell - US Air Forces<> Robert Boyd Allred
Roy B. Shilling Jr.
William Keith Prestridge


Aubrey Wayne Prestriedge
Dick Caudle
Elton Lee Prestridge, Jr.
Fred "Julian" Freeman, Sr. - Chieft of Surgery 18th Surgical Hospital
Jefferson Prestridge
Robert James Prestridge
William H. Prestridge - (US Navy)
William Johnny Prestridge
William Michael Kearney, USAF


Joe Loe - Navy

GULF WAR, Desert Storm, Operation Freedom

Clifton Dwayne Hinkofer
Dean Willeford, Maj. (Us Marie Corps)
Eric Carlisle
Micahel Douglas Smith
Raines Candler Hayes Jr
Raines Candler Hayes III
Robert Kosutic, 1st Seg (U.S. Army)


Ezra R. Bunnell, Jr. - US Marie Corps
Robert S. Prestridge
Robert Paul Davey - Air Force
William Jason Hinkofer

Served or Currently Serving

Barbara Kessler, (U.S. Navy)
Bennie Oren Clark - Calif. National Guard
Brian Muller - US Air Force
Cameron Adams - US Marien Corps
Charles Christopher Jones
Chad Raphael Prestridge - Navy Seabees
Damon Field - Air Force, Lt.
George Earl Prestridge - Air Force
Gregory A. Schumacher - Army, Col.
Herschel Lee Weathers, Master Sergeant - US Air Force
Jason Erick Prestridge Jeremy Kenyon, SPC (U.S. Army)
Keith Willeford, 2nd LT (U.S. Marie Corps.)
Lyneete Kenyon, PFC (U.S. Army)
Melani Hardy, SPC (U.S. Army)
Michael Mann Bisoph - Marines
Patrice Arianne Prestridge Freeman Jones
Sean Castilla, Cadet (U.S. Army officer training program)
Tim Overcashier - US Air Force
William Clifton Prestridge

The Story of Taps

We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps." It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.

The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.

The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" ... used at military funerals was born.

The words are ..

Day is done ... Gone the sun.
From the lakes ... From the hills ... From the sky ...
All is well ... Safely rest .. God is nigh ...

Fading light ... Dims the sight ...
And a star . Gems the sky ... Gleaming bright ...
From afar ... Drawing nigh ... Falls the night ...

Thanks and praise ... For our days ...
Neath the sun . Neath the stars ... Neath the sky ...
As we go ... This we know ... God is nigh.

I, too, have felt the chills while listening to "Taps" but I have never seen all the words to the song until now... I didn't even know there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song, and I didn't know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along. I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.

REMEMBER THOSE LOST AND HARMED WHILE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY. And also those presently serving in the Armed Forces.

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