IN MEMORY OF
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 ¹ 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.
¹A 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.
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
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.
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Posted September 5, 2001
Updated December 22, 2001