William Alexander McCain lived in Carroll County, Mississippi before the war. William McCain purchased Teoc Plantation in 1851 and owned at least 52 slaves before the war. The Civil War service records of Private William Alexander McCane (aka McCane) shows he enlisted in Company I of the 5th Mississippi Cavalry in September of 1863. Several cavalry regiments were formed after the fall of Vicksburg and placed under the cavalry command of General James R. Chalmers, who reported to the departmental commander General Stephen D. Lee.
His Service records indicates he enlisted at "Kosco Miss". This is acutally Kosciusko which is further south from Carroll County. Several of the men who joined this regiment had this town recorded as their place of enlistment. The 5th Mississippi Cavalry regiment began recruiting in the summer and was officially formed on September 1, 1863. Their commander was Col. James Z. George. I believe they trained in Grenada, Miss.
Private McCain's service records reported listed him as ‘Absent” in February, 1864 and then as a Deserter. The next record in his file lists him as a Prisoner and was detained by the Provost guard in Memphis. His last NARA card stated he died in a hospital on 26 April, 1864, which seems to indicate that he surrendered due to injury or sickness.
After the war, his widow and young son remained on their estate that was once the "Teoc" plantation (pronounced 'tee-auck'). Today, Teoc is an unincorporated community in Carroll County, Mississippi and is part of the Greenwood, Mississippi micropolitan area approximately 7 miles northeast of Greenwood on Teoc Road along Teoc Creek. Bill McCain, a descendant and cousin of Senator McCain, still owns 1500 of the plantation's former 2,000 acres. Since 2003, black and white descendants of the community at Teoc have attended family reunions organized by the black McCains, descended from two of the plantation's slaves, Isom and Lettie, and Henderson McCain.
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Categories: Mississippi, Slave Owners | Died of Disease, Confederate States of America, United States Civil War | 5th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry, United States Civil War
But this is NOT TRUE. The soldier in the 5th Mississippi Cavalry was another Wm McCain who lived in Panola County. Senator McCain's ancestor was a wealthy plantation owner and listed as a "Physician" in 1860 Census. I doubt he would have enlisted as a private. Also one website lists his date of date as different from the date in this soldier's records. Conclusion: The ancestor of Senator John McCain is not the soldier who was died while serving in the 5th MIssissippi Cavalry.
After the war, his widow and young son remained on their estate.
An interesting start for a man whose descendants would include two(2) Navy Admirals and a naval aviation Colonel who was a POW in Viet Nam---and would eventually run for President.
$$$ The above info is NOT CORRECT. I was wrong. The soldier in the 5th MIssissippi Cavalry is NOT the ancestor of Senator John McCain even though this was told on the PBS TV show "Findind Your Roots". $$$
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