Captain (In 35th Tennessee Infantry) Gabriel Marion Cummings
I Company (C in 35th)

He was born on the 10 January 1834 in Cummingsville, White Co (now Van Buren Co), TN,  to William Burrell and Martha Ann (Denney) Cummings.

He was raised on a farm.

After he completed his education at Burrett College, Spencer, TN, 6 miles south of Cummingsville, TN, he went to Rockmart, GA, and taught school.

He enlisted on the 20 May 1861 at Camp Harris, Estill Springs, Franklin Co, TN, entering as a Sergeant.

Transferred to 5th (Hills) Tennessee Volunteers, Provisional Army of Tennessee in the 1 May 1862 then transferred to C Company, 35th Tennessee Infantry Regiment as a Captain on the 5* May 1862. (Organized as the 1st Tennessee Mountain Rifle Regiment then became the 5th Tennessee. In November, 1861 it was notified to become the 35th Tennessee).

Elected Captain on the 6 May 1862. He took Command of the unit on the 15 May1862.

Absent without leave September – October 1862.

He was slightly wounded in his left side at the battle of Perryville (Chaplin Hills), KY, on 8 October 1862.

He was again wounded this time at the battle of Chickamauga, TN, 19-20 September 1863, this time in the face and neck.

On leave November-December 1863 and present January – April 1864.

By 9 September 1864 he was classified as 'officer of train', possibly at Macon, GA.

Paroled on the 26 April 1865 at Greensboro, NC.

After the war he was a farmer.

Married Martha Leonora Morgan, on the 19/20 May 1860 in Van Buren Co., she was born 13 May 1841, in Van Wert Community, Rockmart, Paulding Co, now Polk County, GA, and died on 9 February 1835 in Polk Co., GA.  She is also buried in the Hodges Cemetery, Cummingsville, Van Buren County, TN. Other info says she is buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Polk County, GA, this would seem the most likely. She was the daughter of Joseph Dossett and Mary Ann (Payne) Morgan.

They had 12 children: Gabriel Francis Marion, Martha Elizabeth Ann ‘Mattie, Joseph Denny Morgan, William Burrell Clinton,  Lucinda Elliott Josephine, Mallia Magnolia Alice, Minnie Minora Pauline, Mary Jane Susan , John Lafayette Beason, Charles Victor Hugo, Henry Otis Eugene and Lee Ella Alice Cummings.

The census o f 1870 has him living in Van Wert, Polk Co, GA working as a teacher at Rockmart, just up the road.

Filed for a pension S3371 on 27 May 1901 when living in Monterey, Putnam Co., this was rejected. His wife applied for a Confederate Widows Application: #2089.

He died on the 25 November 1903 in Sparta, Van Buren Co., and is buried in the Hodges Cemetery, Cummingsville, Van Buren County, TN, as Captain G. M. Cummings.

His brothers Joseph Denny and John L. Cummings also transfered from the Regiment into the 35th Tennessee Infantry.


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