Robert Henry Golladay

Son of Isaac Golladay and Elizabeth Shall
Husband of Amanda Byrd Willis


As a young man, Robert studied law in Jackson, Mississippi under Judge William Yerger. After Robert was admitted to the bar, he moved to Grenada to begin his law practice.


LETTER TO JEFFERSON DAVIS FROM SAMUEL M. HANKINS

01 November 1853: register defends R. H. Golladay's loyalty to Democratic party despite past affiliation with unionists.

- from The Papers of Jefferson Davis, Volume 5, Editor-Lynda Lasswell Crist

Before the start of Civil War, Robert moved his family from Grenada to Coffeeville, Mississippi. Robert started a law partnership with Francis M. Aldridge. Frank joined the Confederate Army in 15th Mississippi Infantry, Company H and became a Captain.


ROBERT DURING THE CIVIL WAR

"On account of physical disability he was unable to enter service as a soldier in the Confederate ranks, but he did all within his power to assist the Confederate government and its cause."

- from "Mississippi - Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form, Volume III" edited by Dunbar Rowland (1) (1907)

(1) Dunbar Rowland was a lawyer and prominent Mississippi historian. It was noted in his biography that "The summer after graduation he began the study of law in the office of Judge R. H. Golladay, an eminent lawyer of Coffeeville, the friend and associate of Senator Walthall." (from "Plantation Life in Mississippi Before War")

In the last days of the Confederacy, Robert was conscripted into the Confederate army. Union records show that Robert was at Citronelle, Alabama on 04 May 1865 as part of the prearranged surrender of the CSA forces under Lt. General Richard Taylor in the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. Robert was paroled two weeks later at Grenada and his residence was listed as Graysport. It is not known what disability Robert had, but his niece wrote this about him in a letter from Grenada:


"Uncle Robert is at our house and able to get about on his crutches - his leg is getting well fast. He does not say when he intends to go home from here - sometimes speaks of Coffeeville and then of Miss Willis."

- Davidella Golladay, 21 March 1859

His law partner Frank Aldridge was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862. After the war, Robert formed a partnership with Confederate General Edward Cary Walthall until 1871. The 1870 census shows Robert living in the house next door to General Walthall in Coffeeville.

General Walthall and Robert shared a large legal reference library:

"These two have the costliest and most valuable professional library in the State, having full reports of sixteen States and of the United States, beside nearly all standard works, English and American, deemed of value by the profession."

- Memphis Daily Appeal, 01 September 1873, Page 6

Robert continued to work as successful trial lawyer until his death


CAN YOU IDENTIFY THESE MEN?

Unknown photo

This picture belonged to Robert H. Golladay
Coffeeville, Mississippi
Yalobusha County

The photo was likely taken in the late 1800's and is not thought to be a Civil War picture The uniforms in this photo are probably those of the Odd Fellows fraternal organization.

If you can identify either of the men in the photo above, please an e-mail message to Bill Golladay

This page last updated on January 14, 2010