(1830 - 1867)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Texas Infantry
He arrived in Jackson County, TX from Alabama with his family as an infant, in December 1830. In June 1860 he was a 30 year old Methodist Episcopal (South) preacher in Texana, Jackson County, but was in Oso, Fayette County by the end of that year.
He enlisted as a Private in Company F, 4th Texas Infantry on 7 (or 28) March 1862 at Hallettsville, TX.
On the Campaign
He was with his Company in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and was wounded in the right leg in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862, "left on the field," and captured there.
The rest of the War
His leg was amputated, probably at a field hospital near Sharpsburg. He was paroled there on 27 September, sent to Baltimore on 27 October, and then on to Aikens Landing, VA for exchange. He was admitted to the Howard's Grove General Hospital in Richmond, VA hospital on 4 November and was discharged there on a Surgeon's Certificate of Disability on 13 November 1862.
After the War
In 1865 he was farming 150 acres in Fayette County, TX, his brothers William, Jr. (1826-1907) and Thomas farmed next door, and his father William Christian Menefee (1796-1875) owned about 1600 acres adjacent and nearby. He was also appointed to preach at LaGrange in November that year. He died two years later in the yellow fever epidemic of 1867, age 37.
References & notes
Service information from Davis,1 who has him as Q.M. Menifee, and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, a descendant's history of the Texas Alabama Settlement, the US Census for 1860, and the Fayette County tax rolls for 1865. The cause of his death from The 1867 Yellow Fever Epidemic at La Grange [online from the Fayette County TXGenWeb]. His 1865 assignment was announced in Flake's Daily Bulletin (Galveston) of 22 November 1865. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Penn (1839-1912) in 1855 and they had a son and 5 daughters. She remarried in 1869 - his brother Thomas Shelton Menefee (1820-1912).
More on the Web
See much more about the Texas yellow fever epidemic of 1867 in an online exhibit from East Texas History, a project of Sam Houston State’s Public History students of 2017.
08/11/1830; Morgan County, AL
09/05/1867; Fayette County, TX; burial in Pine Springs Cemetery, Fayette County, TX
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 157 - 158 [AotW citation 1807]
2 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 26678]