Private George M. D. Bevins, Company E

George M.D. Bevins was born on February 11, 1845 in Pike County, Kentucky. He was the son of George Bevins and Nancy Williamson. He went by the name, Dallas. It has been alleged that soldiers either Union or Confederate came to the Bevins farm and attempted to conscript Dallas. Dallas had to hide in the attic of his home to avoid being caught by the soldiers. It was said soldiers came around and forcefully conscripted men into their army. Dallas was 17 years old when he enlisted in Company E, 39th Kentucky Infantry on November 11, 1862. He was 5'8'', with light hair, blue eyes, and a fair complexion, and was a farmer. Dallas enlisted along with his brother, Kenas Bevins at Peach Orchard, Kentucky. It has also been said they were shot at while they traveled to their place of enlistment and both had to hide in the mountains.

Dallas gave his age as 19 years old probably so he wouldn't be denied service since he was 17 at the time. A month later, in December, Dallas's brother Kenas, died of Typhoid Fever at home. Dallas was sick himself a few times between April and July, 1863. He was absent in the hospital at Cattlettsburg and Louisa from August, 1863 until about the middle of October, 1863. He had measles and camp fever. An infection also settled in his left leg which caused him great pain and impaired his walking. His company commander had to relieve him of duty several times. Dallas served with his regiment until either July or August, 1864 when he was absent without leave. In October, 1864, Dallas was arrested and put in confinement at Louisa. He was released in December. In February, 1865, the leg injury forced Dallas into the hospital at Ashland, Ky. In June, Dallas was sent to Covington, Ky to the hospital there and finally discharged due to disability on June 10, 1865. Dallas received a pension for his services.

Dallas returned to farming after the war. He married Sarah Ann Taylor, daughter of William A. Taylor, a fellow soldier in the 39th, in 1867. They had three children: Ellen, Helen, and Monty. His wife, Sarah died in 1889, and Dallas was remarried to Vicy Caines and had three more children: George, Affel, and Ethel Mae. Dallas was made postmaster of the area of rural Pike County, Ky and served for several years. Dallas owned many acres of land on Big Creek in Canada, Kentucky. He lived on Rockhouse Fork of Big Creek until he died in 1917. His wife, Vicy, lived until 1963.

Submitted by Chris Hale

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