Friday, May 29, 2009

Another Redus Hell Raiser - Bluett Sanders Redus

Some of my Redus kin are quite frankly, interesting! Elsewhere on this blog I have the story of Roscoe Redus (see

Now I have another story about a Redus cousin, Bluett Sanders Redus, who was born 3 May 1842 in Mississippi. Bluett was the son of Wesley Reed Redus and Elizabeth Craig Astin.

Blewitt served in the Civil War in the 14th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, Company C

14th Infantry Regiment [also called Beauregard Rifles] was organized at Jackson, Mississippi, in October, 1861. The men were from the counties of Clarke, Oktibbeha, Lauderdale, Winston, Lowndes, Monroe, and Tishomingo. Sent to Kentucky then Tennessee, it was captured at Fort Donelson in February, 1862. After being exchanged, it was attached to Tilghman's and Gregg's Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. The regiment saw action at Coffeeville and in various conflicts around Vicksburg . A detachment was captured when that city fell in July, 1863. Later it was attached to J. Adams' and Lowrey's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. The 14th was active in the Atlanta Campaign, Hood's Tennessee operations, and the fight at Bentonville. It was organized with 1,034 officers and men, had 650 effectives in February, 1862, and had 24 officers and 287 men fit for duty in April, 1863. The unit surrendered with no officers and 40 men. Its commanders were Colonels George W. Abert, William E. Baldwin, and Washington L. Doss, and Lieutenant Colonels Robert J. Lawrence and M.E. Norris.

He enlisted on 30 May 1861 in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi and served the entire war until he was paroled on 13 May 1865 in Sumter County, Alabama.

Here is his Civil War Timeline taken for his consolidated military file at the National Archives. He was listed on various muster rolls as Blewitt S. Redus, Bluit S. Redus, B.S. Readus, B.L. Redus

Served as a private in the 14th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company C and age 19 on muster-in roll. Roll indicated that he had traveled 100 miles and was enlisted by A. J. Maxwell for 12 months.

May 30, 1861 Enlisted Corinth, MS

May 30-Jun 30, 1861 Company Muster Roll

July 1-Dec 31, 1861 Company Muster Roll - Present

Feb 16, 1862 Roll of Prisoner of War - Captured at Donelson

Sep 2, 1862 Roll of Prisoner of War - Sent from Camp Douglas, IL to Vicksburg, MS to be exchanged.

Sept 23, 1862 Company Muster Roll - Present and paid

Oct 31-Nov 30, 1862 Company Muster Roll - Absent, sent to genral hospital in Jackson, dated Oct 31, 1862

Nov-Dec 1862 Company Muster Roll - Absent, sent to general hospital in Jackson, Dec 15, 1862

Jan-Feb 1863 Company Muster Roll - Present

Jan 1-Jul 1, 1863 Pay Voucher 6 months at $11 per month for $66.00 total, received on 10 Nov 1863 in Columbus, MS

May-Jun 1863 Company Muster Roll - Present

Jul-Aug 1863 Company Muster Roll - Absent, Wounded at Jackson, sent to general hospital July 11, 1863

Jul 1-Oct 31, 1863 Pay Voucher No. 221 for $44.00

Sep-Oct 1863 Company Muster Roll - Absent, on sick furlough for 20 days from 29 Oct 1863.

Nov-Dec 1863 Company Muster Roll - Absent, on sick furlough for 20 days from 20 oct 1863. By order of General Johnston.

Mar-Apr 1864 Company Muster Roll - Absent, detailed by Medical Board of examiners Demopolis, Ala April 4, 1864 to report at Westpoint, Miss.

April 1, 1864 Bounty Roll - Present

April 2, 1864 Medical Examiner Booard he was found unfit for field duty due to a gunshot wound in the left wrist/hand. recommedned that he be detailed to the Commissary Dept.

Jul-Aug 1864 Company Muster Roll - Absent, detailed in Q.M. Dept by order of Secy War.

May 13, 1865 Roll of Prisoner of War - Gainesville, Ala (unit surrender on May 4, 1865), Residence listed as Cedar Bluff, Mississippi

In 1869 he married Martha Glasscock (b. 1851 and d. 1881) in Perry County, Alabama. This couple has four children:

1. Romeo Reed Redus b. 12 Jul 1873, Grayson County, Texas
2. Juliett Melvina Redus b. 1874 Texas
3. Elgenna Eagon Redus b. 9 Jan 1876 Grayson County, Texas
4. Charles H. Redus b. Dec 1879 Denver County, Colorado

After his wife's death is where we pick up his claim to fame from The Western Gazette newspaper:

MURDER -- Donald McDonald Stabbed Unto Death by Blewett Redus --

Sunday morning about eight o'clock Ouray was shocked by the announcement that Don McDonald had been stabbed by Blewett Redus. All over an argument as to whether McDonald was to join Blewett in a drink--at the latter's insistence. McDonald, feeling breakfast time was too early, refused. He was there upon put upon by Blewett who used his knife with effectiveness. Blewett Redus now rests in jail pending advisor and help from his lawyer, McDonald's in the morgue.

The moral here is, when in doubt, drink.

While one source listed this event as occurring in 1896, I know that Donald McDonald's estate was probated in Ouray County in 1883 and I have verified that Bluett did hard time in the Colorado state pen.

From the Colorado State Penitentiary Index 1871 - 1973
Redus, Buett -- Inmate number 1219

That inmate number was issued between 13 Jun 1871 to 3 Oct 1891. My best guess is this deed was done around 1883 and not in 1896.

A mountain view of the Colorado State Pen in 1905.

Bluett (there are several different spellings of his first name through the years) died 10 Aug 1915 in Sinton, San Patricio County, Texas and is buried there.

So here is a six gun salute to Cousin Bluett Sanders Redus, a true Texas hell raiser. Way to go Bluett.