J. O. Sandel, Co. B 24th Texas Cavalry


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John Oliver Sandel was born in January, 1831, in Mississippi, the son of Peter W. Sandel and Winifred Tabor.

He moved with family to Walker County in the early to mid 1850s.

John O. was married to Roxana S. Harrison 19 June 1856 in Walker County by J. V. Wright, M. G.

In 1857, he was listed as Entered Apprentice in the rolls of San Jacinto Masonic Lodge 106 in Danville.

He was occupied as a sawyer at the time of the 1860 census. Roxana was age 22, and there were two small children and three boarders in the household.

John O. Sandel enrolled in Captain Wooldridge's company of Texas Lancers in the spring of 1862; he was a Private. He marched to Arkansas with his regiment, where they were all dismounted and forced to serve as infantry.

He was captured at the Battle of Arkansas Post, and was sent to Camp Butler, Illinois. He was exchanged in April and assigned to the Army of Tennessee.

In June of 1863, he was on the roll of St Mary's Hospital at Dalton, Ga., suffering from debilitas, essentially a general wasting disease.

He was then listed as being in the convalescent camp, Dalton, Ga. He last appears on a muster roll in April of 1864, the last muster on file for his company.

In the list of casualties of the 24th and 25th Cavalries published in the Galveston Tri-Weekly News on November 9, 1864, and found in the book Their Last Full Measure, an O. P. Sandall of company B was listed, but probably should be J. O. Sandel. He was noted to have received a slight injury to the left leg.

According to Sandel family information, John O. was killed on November 30, 1864, during the war, at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, one of the bloodiest battles of the war.

McGavock Cemetery, Texas Section

A search of the burials at McGavock Cemetery did not reveal John O. Sandel's name. However, veteran Battle of Franklin researcher Tim Burgess concludes that he is probably buried in Texas Section 6 in Grave #79, which now bears the name of Sanders.

John O. Sandel left behind a wife and at least two children.

Battle of Franklin

Some of the above infomation is from letters of Iantha Smith. Other information is from J. O.'s Compiled Service Records, on file at the National Archives and accessed on microfilm at the Confederate Research Center, Hillsboro, Texas. Family records of Charlotte Sandel Beck were consulted. Charlotte passed away in 2009, and her website is no longer available.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.

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