This site is by
Allen W. Ellis
Professor of Library Services
W. Frank Steely Library
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41099-6101
Corrections, additions, comments, etc. are welcome!
Thank you to Michael J. Providenti
for his assistance in designing this site
(Virtual Cemetery, Webb book and questions, right)
A major renovation of the site is in the works.
All original text within this site
is copyrighted, and
any quotations from the site should follow
appropriate citation formatting.
THE ELLIS FAMILY CEMETERY
A VIRTUAL CEMETERY FOR THE 13th REGIMENT, TENNESSEE VOLUNTEER CAVALRY,
- Created on Find A Grave
by Roger C. Adams, archivist at
Kansas State University
A DAN ELLIS
A NEW BOOK ABOUT DANIEL ELLIS
- A new novel based on Daniel Ellis was recently
The Red Fox,
by Geoffrey Webb.
A NEW BIOGRAPHY OF DANIEL ELLIS
As my work on the book comes to a close,
there are yet questions
about Dan Ellis that my research has been unable to answer.
Following are my most pressing unanswered questions.
to further information are appreciated!
1. Official Confederate documentation that mentions Ellis.
say that there was a bounty on his head, but I have seen nothing
official. Is any contemporary documentation of a reward for the
death or capture of Dan Ellis extant? For that matter, is there any
official Confederate documentation that mentions Daniel Ellis?
2. I have heard that
Capt. Barton Roby Brown did not care for the
way he was presented in Thrilling Adventures of Daniel Ellis and
sued Ellis for libel
Is there evidence of
Roby Brown suing Dan Ellis? Of anyone
suing him? Was Barton Roby Brown the villain Ellis described?
3. It has been said
that many copies of Thrilling Adventures were
burned by men who were unflatteringly portrayed in it.
Is there contemporary
documentation of such book burnings?
4. In his book,
Call Forth the Mighty Men (Bessemer, AL:
Colonial Press, 1987), Bob Womack writes that, when Tony Marion
and Dan Crowe reprinted Thrilling Adventures of Daniel Ellis in
1974, they “came under some criticism from people who charge that
the events [presented in the book] are overdrawn.”
Is there any documentation of criticism of Marion and Crowe for
reprinting Ellis’ book?
Adventures was published in April, 1867. I have
found reviews in northern publications, such as the New York
Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and Harper’s New Monthly
Magazine, but nothing from the local perspective.
There was an
announcement in a Jonesborough newspaper
(“New Book.” Union Flag, April 26, 1867, Page ?), stating,
“As soon as we read the book, we shall give our readers a
more extended notice of the merits of the work,” but I have
found no follow-up.
I am looking for contemporary Southern reactions to Thrilling
Adventures of Daniel Ellis.
6. I was hoping my book could include images of all of Dan
Ellis’ children. I have uncovered Minerva Elizabeth Ellis Hathaway
and U.S. Grant Ellis. I may have one of Daniel Ellis, Jr. but I can
find no one who can verify it.
So, I am still looking
for images of: Barbara Ellen Ellis Bowers;
Daniel Ellis, Junior; William Rhea Ellis; Wiley Ellis; and Dr.
Joseph Hooker Ellis.
7. I have been told
that Ellis was involved in Stoneman’s raids
and burned down the Ashe County, NC courthouse and jail. No
evidence was given to support this claim. Is there any?
8. On pages 321-326,
350, 367, 368, 371-372 of Thrilling
Adventures of Daniel Ellis, Ellis describes a Capt. B. H. Duvall.
Ellis said he was from Louisville, KY, and led a force into
Carter and Johnson Counties in December, 1864.
Duvall is also
mentioned on pages 324, 326, and 335 of Scott
and Angel’s History of the 13th Regiment Tennessee
Volunteer Cavalry, U.S.A. Scott and Angel state that he “had
charge of the military force at Elizabethton” in August 1863.
Both accounts depict
Duvall as rather the ruthless scoundrel,
persecuting Union civilians.
I have been unable to
find additional information -- official
or not -- pertaining to Capt. Duvall. Is there any?
9. Like Duvall, there
is Captain R.C. Bozen, of Grayson County,
VA (Thrilling Adventures, pages 336-340, 342-345, 347, 348,
350; Also, Scott and Angel, 334, 341, 361).
Is there any further
information on Capt. Bozen?
10. Robert Love
Taylor, in his 1878 campaign for Congress
against Major Augustus Herman Pettibone, hired Daniel Ellis
as a bodyguard.
Are there any contemporary accounts of Bob, Dan, and the Major
as they traveled the campaign circuit?
11. Where were Daniel