The AgentUpdated May 2000
  Horace S. Fulkerson

Line of Descent:
Guillaume VIGNE and Adrienne CUVELIER (1st Generation)
Dirck VOLCKERTSZEN and Christine VIGNE (2nd Generation)
Volkert DIRCKS and Annetje PHILLIPS (3rd Generation)
Dirck VOLKERTSON and Maria DE WITT (4th Generation)
Volkert DERRICKSON (VOLKERTSON) and Dinah Aeltje VAN LIEU (5th Generation)
Dirck (Richard) FULKERSON and Eleanor SHARP (6th Generation)
Abram FULKERSON and Elizabeth BLACK (7th Generation)
Abraham FULKERSON and Sara BRISCOE (8th Generation)
Horace Smith FULKERSON (9th Generation)

We might not have known much about Horace Fulkerson, had he not written a book entitled "Random Recollections of Early Days in Mississippi" (1885). In the book's preface there is a description of his life and career, which always seemed to find him as an "agent" of some sort:

  Horace S. Fulkerson was born near Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky on 18 Apr 1818. He came to Mississippi in 1836, landing from a steamboat at Rodney in Claiborne County. By 1838 he was living in Vicksburg, as he later wrote in his book, RANDOM RECOLLECTIONS OF EARLY DAYS IN MISSISSIPPI (1885), about Vicksburg's Flatboat War of 1838. Economic crises, business competition and the general rowdiness of the flatboatmen led the city to impose heavy taxes in an attempt to drive away these transient traders who often wintered on the bank of the Mississippi at Vicksburg:

  In the Winter of 1838, the flatboatmen finally rebelled and refused to pay the city until they could get a hearing in court regarding the legality of the city's taxes and fees. According to Fulkerson, "to this end they armed themselves with the one or more rifles or shotguns on each boat, and with heavy bludgeons cut from a boat a load of hickory hoop-poles lying at the landing." Upon hearing that the flatboatmen had taken up arms, the Chief of Police called in the militia. Two companies marched to the landing in full uniform, with muskets and fixed bayonets, and armed with a cannon. To counter the buildup, the flatboatmen armed with clubs and rifles created a breastwork of cotton bales and dragged out their own cannon.

  After much quarreling and threatening, and some feeble attempts at casting off the lines of some boats, disgust at the situation suddenly seized the citizens and soldiers, and they 'marched up the hill again,' concluding it was best to let the courts decide the question.  Source

  In 1840 he went to Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Mississippi, where he served as a Deputy United States Marshal. On 27 Feb 1845 he married Charlotte McBride of Grand Gulf, Mississippi. The 1850 census for Claiborne Co., MS, listed him as a merchant with assets of $10,000. His wife Charlotte E., age 24, was from Maryland. Their three children were Samuel M., age 4, Sally G., age 2, and Horace B., four months. They moved to Louisiana in 1858 and Horace became the New Orleans agent of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

  At some time before or after this move he must have gained some reputation in the business of military armaments, which was called into service on the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1861 the Confederate government sent Horace to Europe as a special agent to arrange for the purchase of arms and munitions for the Confederate army.

  After his return from Europe - where he met with some success - he joined "The Confederate," one of the numerous companies of home guards organized to assist in the defense of New Orleans. About ten days before the fall of the city in 1862, he went on a furlough to attend to urgent business at the main office of the Southern Pacific Railroad at Marshall, Texas. On his return trip, arriving at Shreveport, Louisiana, he learned of the fall of New Orleans and that his family was safely at Baton Rouge.

  Accompanied by a civil engineer of the Southern Pacific Railroad, he then went to the vicinity of Jefferson, Texas, to examine certain iron mines together with the timber resources on the banks of a nearby stream. Their purpose was to determine the feasibility of building Confederate gunboats in Texas, to be floated down the Red River and then into the Mississippi - with the objective of regaining control of the river from Union forces. Horace was convinced that his plan would work. (Iron works were established near Jefferson, Rusk and Austin during the War for making plows and cooking vessels.) He disclosed it to leading citizens of Jefferson, who called a mass meeting which he addressed. A petition was drawn up and unanimously signed, directed to the authorities at Richmond, urging the adoption of the plan. After similar meetings with like results were held at Shreveport and Vicksburg, he proceeded to Richmond and laid his plan before President Jefferson Davis and Secretary of War Judah Benjamin, both of whom directed him to Stephen Mallory, the Secretary of the Navy. The Secretary was enthusiastic about the plan, but the Chief Engineer and the Naval Architect of the department advised against its adoption and it was dropped until near the end of the war.

  During General Grant's siege of the city of Vicksburg in 1863, Horace was Acting Commissary of the Port of Natchez and Purchasing Agent for the Confederate garrisons at Vicksburg and Port Hudson. Vicksburg ultimately was starved into surrender, but Horace quickly found new employment: he was appointed by J. B. D. De Bow, head of the Confederate Cotton Bureau, as a District Agent in Mississippi. He held this position until he was captured by the Union forces at Fayette, Mississippi in October 1864. Horace was taken to the Vicksburg (Warren County) Jail, which he described in his memoir:

"The prisoners numbered some three hundred, representing Federal and Confederate soldiers and civilians, common thieves, highway robbers, murderers, blockade runners – in fact every class of criminals known to the calendar of crime. There were in the crowd young men and old men, boys, a few white women, and a number of negroes. It was indeed a grand medley of humanity with dark secrets locked up in many a breast."

  He was released from his imprisonment just two months later, in New Orleans on December 9, 1864. During his absence, however, someone else was appointed to his job as Cotton Agent. The loss of this civil office meant that he had to return to military service. Accordingly, he reported to the conscript camp at Enterprise, Mississippi, "whither I went after taking a good rest at home, and whither all those patriots who had till then 'lagged superfluous' at home, were in duty at Meridian, Mississippi; a company of 'conscript fathers,' drawn from sundry quarters, who were seeking the 'bubble reputation' by guarding Yankee prisoners and the horses of 'brilliant' young staff officers on duty at Lieutenant-General Taylor's Headquarters." He was given the "investiture" of a Corporal and wondered "if the Confederacy had not at last found her Napoleon."

  In 1867 Horace moved with his family from New Orleans to Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, where he engaged in the mercantile business and became a ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church at Vicksburg. Horace died at Vicksburg on 5 Apr 1891 and was buried in a family plot at Fort Gibson, Mississippi. Charlotte died in Vicksburg on 5 May 1914.

  The children of Horace FULKERSON and Charlotte MCBRIDE were: