1. State your full name and present post office address:
Answer: Daniel Jesse Cope, Newbern, Tenn., Dyer county
2. State your age now:
Answer: 79 years
3. In what State and county were you born?
Answer: North Caroliner (Carolina) Davison co.
4. Were you a Confederate or Federal soldier?
5. Name of your Company?
Answer: Co. G - Cav. Russell Regiment
6. What was the occupation of your father?
7. Give full name of your father:Fred Cope; born at Davidson Co.; in the County of ____; State of North Carolina; He lived at Gifson (Gison?).
Give also any particulars concerning him, as official position, war services, etc.; books written by him, etc.:
8. Maiden name in full of your mother: Pollie Wright (this may be incorrect - Wriagt?); she was the daughter of: (full name) ____ and his wife: (full name) ____; who lived at: ____.
9. Remarks on ancestry. Give here any and all facts possible in reference to your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc., not included in the foregoing as where they lived, offices held, Revolutionary or other war service; what country they came from to America; first settled-county and State; always giving full names (if possible), and never referring to an ancestor simply as such without giving the name. It is desirable to include every fact possible, and to that end the full and exact record from old Bibles should be appended on separate sheets of this size, thus preserving the facts from loss.
Answer: don't know my parents died when I was small
10. If you owned land or other property at the opening of the war, state what kind of property you owned, and state the value of your property as near as you can:
11. Did you or your parents own slaves? If so, how many?
12. If your parents owned land, state about how many acres:
13. State as near as you can the value of all the property owned by your parents, including land, when the war opened:
14. What kind of house did your parents occupy? State whether it was a log house or frame house or built of other material, and state the number of rooms it had:
Answer: log - 5 rooms
15. As a boy and young man, state what kind of work you did. If you worked on a farm, state to what extent you plowed, worked with a hoe and did other kinds of similar work. (Certain historians claim that white men would not do work of this sort before the war.)
Answer: hoe and plow
16. State clearly what kind of work your father did, and what the duties of your mother were. State all the kinds of work done in the house as well as you can remember - that is, cooking, spinning, weaving, etc.:
Answer: fathr worked on the farm plowed hoes split rails - mother spon weaved cook
17. Did your parents keep any servants? If so, how many?
18. How was honest toil - as plowing, hauling, and other sorts of honest work of this class - regarded in your community? Was such work considered respectable and honorable?
19. Did the white men in your community generally engage in such work?
20. To what extent were there white men in your community leading lives of idleness and having others do their work for them?
Answer: don his own work
21. Did the men who owned slaves mingle freely with those who did not own slaves, or did slaveholders in any way show by their actions that they felt themselves better than respectable, honorable men who did now own slaves?
Answer: men with slaves mingled freely
22. At the churches, at the school, at public gatherings in general, did slaveholders and non-slaveholders mingle on a footing of equality?
23. Was there a friendly feeling between slaveholders and non-slaveholders in your community, or were they antagonistic to each other?
Answer: they was frendly
24. In a political contest, in which one candidate owned slaves and the other did not, did the fact that one candidate owned slaves help him any in winning the contest?
25. Were the opportunities good in your community for a poor young man, honest and industrious, to save up enough to buy a small farm or go in business for himself?
26. Were poor, honest, industrious young men, who were ambitious to make something of themselves, encouraged or discouraged by slaveholders?
27. What kind of school or schools did you attend?
Answer: fery sory (very sorry)
28. About how long did you go to school altogether?
Answer: very little
29. How far was it to the nearest school?
Answer: 1 mile
30. What school or schools were in operation in your neighborhood?
Answer: pay scole (school)
31. Was the school in your community private or public?
32. About how many months in the year did it run?
Answer: 3 to 6 month
33. Did the boys and girls in your community attend school pretty regularly?
34. Was the teacher of the school you attended a man or woman?
35. In what year and month and at what place did you enlist in the service of the Confederacy or of the Federal Government?
Answer: in the year of 1864 confederacy
36. After enlistment, where was your Company sent first?
Answer: corenth (Corinth), Miss.
37. How long after enlistment before your Company engaged in battle?
Answer: about 3 months
38. What was the first battle you engaged in?
Answer: paduca, Ky
39. State in your own way your experience in the War from this time on to its close. State where you went after the first battle - what you did and what other battles you engaged in, how long they lasted, what the results were; state how you lived in camp, how you were clothed, how you slept, what you had to eat, how you were exposed to cold, hunger and disease. If you were in the hospital or prison, state your experience there:
Answer: back to Tenn. sick in hospital when cross rods and Harrissburg battles Masrcra of fort pillor (Pillow) Hold hos___ _______ Memphis. Hungry and hardley an(y) clothes
40. When and where were you discharged?
Answer: Jani_by(?), Alaba. i thank i hav almost fogoton
41. Tell something of your trip home:
Answer: came home hors back wasnt bothrd
42. Give a sketch of your life since the close of the Civil War, stating what kind of business you have engaged in, where you have lived, your church relations, etc. If you have held any office or offices, state what it was. You may state here any other facts connected with your life and experience which has not been brought out by the questions:
43. What kind of work did you take up when you came back home?
Answer: been farming ever since - no office