The Confederate Veterans of Elm Grove Cemetery

Submitted by Helen Richman Wisdom

Calvin Lee Orman

Calvin Lee Orman, Company K, 37th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, born September 6, 1834 in Bedford County, Mississippi, was the son of Samuel and Melissa Jones Orman who were both born in North Carolina. Calvin married Nancy Elizabeth Vandygriff in 1859 in Tippah County, Mississippi. Two sons were born: James Monroe (January 1, 1861) and George Daniel (March 3, 1867). The young mother died about 1867.

Calvin enlisted in the Confederate Army on April 25, 1862, at Holly Springs, Mississippi, and was assigned to Company K, 37th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry. He was captured by the Union Army on November 24, 1863, in the Battle of Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was first imprisoned in Louisville, Kentucky, and later on December 1, 1863 was transferred to Rock Island, Illinois. The Confederates, not knowing he had been captured, issued desertion papers on him. These charges were dropped later.

While he was a prisoner in Illinois, there was an Indian uprising in Wyoming. The Rebel prisoners were told they would be released from prison if they would go west to fight the Indians. They asked if they would be required to wear the much hated Union uniforms and when told "Yes", none volunteered. However, the next day they were told they could wear buckskin clothes and enough volunteered to form three regiments.

On October 31, 1864, Calvin enlisted in the Frontier Services, Company I, 3rd Regiment, U.S. Volunteers Infantry. This expedition took him to Fort Laramie Area, Wyoming Territory. He was later sent to the Utah area where Brigham Young was attempting to set up a separate state or country for his Morman followers. He was honorably discharged on November 29, 1865, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, receiving $700.00 pay.

While Calvin was away at war, his wife was also having trouble with the Union soldiers at her home. One day, two Union soldiers were intent on stealing her yearling. She went out with her old shotgun, telling them the first one to get off his horse would be killed. The two argued between themselves for awhile, the older demanding the other to get the calf. The younger one said, "If you want it, then you get it. I'm not getting killed for one skinny calf." He rode off and the other followed.

After the close of the war and death of his wife, Calvin married Margaret Ann Vandygriff Bright, sister of his first wife. Margaret's first husband had died from wounds received in the war. She had one daughter, Dona, born 1862. Dona later married Logan Columbus Orman, brother of Calvin. Calvin and Margaret were married February 26, 1868, in Tippah County, Mississippi. They left Mississippi in about 1869, settling in Wiltsburg, Arkansas. Five children were born there: Joseph Edward (April 19, 1871-April 22, 1952), Samuel Franklin (December 23, 1872-October 1, 1944), Mary Elizabeth (September 26, 1875-January 31, 1964), Robert Columbus (July 15, 1877- Jan 6, 1910), Lucy Jane (July 7, 1879-July 19, 1912). In the fall of 1879, the family moved to Alma, Ellis County, Texas. Two children were born in Texas: Rosey Caralie (October 4, 1881- April 7, 1958) and Callie who lived only four years.

A few years later, the family moved to Elm Grove, Van Zandt County, Texas. There they remained for the rest of their lives. Margaret died January 10, 1908; Calvin died February 5, 1913. Both are buried at Elm Grove Cemetery as are many of their descendants. {It should be noted that there are several spellings of the family names: Orman (Ormand, Ormond); Vandygriff (Vandergriff).}


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