Robert Emmett Amis (30 Jul. 1840-12 Nov. 1876)

Robert Emmett Amis (called “Amie”) was the son of Junius Amis (b. ca. 1815-d. before 1860), a planter, and his wife, Henrietta Hawkins (b. ca. 1821). He was born in North Carolina, but the family soon moved to Mississippi, and by 1850 had settled in Madison Parish, Louisiana.

He attended the University of Virginia in session 37 (1860-1861). On 21 May, 1861, Emmett Amis entered Confederate service at Richmond, Louisiana, and served as a private in the 4th Battalion (the Madison Infantry) of the Louisiana Infantry, Company A. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant in December 1861. His pay records state that he was Acting Asst. Quarter Master for the 4th Battalion in the early part of 1863. He was struck from the rolls for excessive absence in May 1864, having been “absent without leave since May 1863.” He surrendered at New Orleans on 26 May 1865, and was paroled on 6 Jun. 1865. (Scriber; Louisiana, Confederate Pensions)

On 25 Oct. 1865, he married Julia Frances (Turpin) Woodburn (1842-1911), called “Fanny.” She was a widow with a small daughter; Kate Stone called her “that fascinating little widow at Oak Ridge.” (Stone, 364) They lived at Fortune’s Fork plantation in Talullah, Louisiana. Emmett died in 1876 of apoplexy, and was buried in the Fortune’s Fork Burying Ground at the plantation. (Louisiana, Confederate Pensions)  In 1879, Fanny was listed as the owner of Fortune’s Fork in the Madison Parish tax rolls. (Sevier)

[Note: Amis’s birth date is from the U.Va. Matriculation Books; his death date was found in the Louisiana, Confederate Pensions records. — JLC]


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