ABBE, DAVID GREENBERRY (1844 ~ 1926) David Greenberry Abbe, Confederate veteran, was born to John Sterling Edward and Francis Stringer Abbe in Alabama in February, 1844. After immigrating to Louisiana, he enlisted in the Confederate Army at Camp Moore on September 29, 1861. He was mustered into Company D of the 17th Louisiana Infantry as a private. Initially, he only signed up for twelve months, but re-enlisted on May 23, 1862, for the duration of the War.
The 17th Louisiana Infantry fought at the Battle of Shiloh and was later assigned to Baldwin's Brigade in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. With Baldwin?s Brigade, the 17th participated in the battles of Chickasaw and Vicksburg, where a majority of the 17th Infantry was taken prisoner.
Abbe, along with the rest of his unit, was released on July 16, 1865. He rejoined his company soon after. The 17th was later transferred into A. Thomas? Brigade in the Trans-Mississippi Department and participated in skirmishes in Louisiana until the unit surrendered on May 26, 1865.
In 1866, Abbe immigrated to Texas, where he worked as a farmer. On January 14, 1869, he married Julia Ann May (the daughter of William Strother and Nancy Collins May) in Anderson County. The couple had fourteen children over the next twenty years.
Suffering from poor health and unable to care for himself after his wife?s death, Abbe was admitted to the Confederate Men?s Home on September 9, 1922. He voluntarily left the home twice, but returned on March 8, 1924, and remained there until his death on March 12, 1926. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Information taken from: Compiled Military Service Records, Family History, Confederate Pension Application # 13370, Confederate Home Roster, Civil War Soldier and Sailor System website at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/, and Death Certificate # 12179.