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IN  MEMORY OF

SANDY  ALEXANDER  DANCY


SINCE  THE  CIVIL  WAR  BATTLE  OF   PERRYVILLE,  KENTUCKY,  OCTOBER  8,  1862,  SANDY  DANCY,   HOPEFULLY,  HAS  LAID  IN  AN  UNMARKED,  MASS   GRAVE, ON  THE  BATTLE  FIELD NEAR  PERRYVILLE.  WE   SAY  HOPEFULLY,  BECAUSE  WE  LIKE  TO  THINK  HE   WAS  ONE  OF  THE  LUCKY  ONES  BURIED,  AND   NOT  LIKE  MOST,    LEFT  TO 'WHATEVER',   AS  THE  CONFEDERATES  WITHDREW  WITHOUT  THE  OPPORTUNITY TO BURY  THEIR  DEAD.   A  MEMORIAL STONE HAS BEEN  PLACED  IN  HIS  MEMORY,  IN  THE   DANCYVILLE  UNITED  METHODIST  CHURCH  CEMETERY.  

Sandy Alexander Dancy was born March 11, 1837, in Dancyville, Haywood County, Tennessee. He was the youngest child of Isaac and Mary Lamb Dancy. He enlisted in Company A, 9th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, August 14, 1861, and was mustered in at New Madrid, Mississippi. His initial enlistment, like most, was for one year. He was killed at the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, October 8, 1862. His body was never recovered and is presumed buried in a mass grave at the battlefield.

There is confusion in two areas when trying to write facts about Sandy. One regards his name, and the other the  method in which he died, at Perryville, Kentucky:

In his father's family Bible, and in the census records, Sandy is listed as Alexander. On his military records he is listed as S.A. Dancy, at least one time as what looks like I.A. Dancy and also as Sandy Dancy. In some of the veteran's war questionnaires, referring to causalities, he is called Sandy. We believe that his name was actually Isaac Alexander Dancy. Sandy being a nick name that stuck as part of his legal name. We will go with what the majority of records indicate and call him Sandy Alexander.

Almost as long as we have processed family genealogy records there has been a notation when Sandy's death was listed. This notation, "Killed by his Captain during the Civil War." There is no documentation to back up any such action. In reading personal Civil War questionnaires, no documentation exists to back up this statement. After looking at his Regimental muster records a few dozen times, there may be a clue as to where this premise originated. One of the records lists Sandy as killed at Perryville, Ky. Directly beneath this entry is an entry listing the last time he was paid, and then, by whom he was paid, which happened to be a Captain. It is believed some family member, at some time, read this to mean he was killed by the Captain. This site has  completely dismissed the 'Killed by his Captain' note, and removed it from all records.

A Veteran's Administration provided Memorial Stone was set for Sandy Dancy on December 22, 2001, by Gene Griffin, Kenny Smith and
Mary Kay Dancy Smith. After 139 years, Sandy has a marker, in the Dancyville United Methodist Cemetery, commemorating his service. Although the exact place of his burial at Perryville is unknown, may he rest in peace with this recognition.

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From The Memphis Appeal newspaper:

October 24, 1862
Counties in the Ninth Tennessee Regiment.

The following is a list of those killed and wounded in the 9th regiment of Tennessee volunteers,
commanded by Lieutenant Colonel J. W. Buford, near Perryville, Kentucky, on the 8th of October 1862.
Company A--- Lieutenant A. J. Bucy, Commanding
Killed: Private S. A. Dancy

Research by MARK  KAY  DANCY   SMITH


SANDY  ALEXANDER  DANCY,   SON  OF  ISAAC  AND  MARY  LAMB  DANCY,   WAS  A  2-GREAT  UNCLE  OF  THE  PUBLISHERS  OF   THESE  PAGES.  HE  WAS  THE  YOUNGEST  BROTHER   OF  OUR  GREAT-GRANDFATHER,  JOHN  HENRY  DANCY.

LINK  TO  SANDY  DANCY   MEMORIAL  STONE

ABOUT  THE  BATTLE  OF  PERRYVILLE

BATTLE  OF   PERRYVILLE  PLAQUE

SANDY'S  REGIMENTAL  MUSTER  ROLLS

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Posted  September 5, 2001

Updated  December 22, 2001