Memories of Wylie Bearden

This oral history was recorded by W.P.A. fieldwriter John Daugherty on June 15, 1937 at Mr. Wylie Bearden’s residence in Sulphur, OK.

My parents were Kenyon Bearden and Elizabeth Black Bearden, both born in Georgia (dates unknown). Father was a farmer. There were six children in our family. I was born in Chattanooga, Georgia in 1842. When the Civil War began, I volunteered and served in the Confederate Army. My company was nearly wiped out in the Battle of Shiloh, but I escaped, due to the fact that I had pneumonia and typhoid fever and couldn’t fight. They left me at a house to recuperate.

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