Tupper, Tullius Cicero
Age: 53, credited to Barnard, VTVITALS
Birth: 02/09/1809, Barnard, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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Marcus T. C. Tupper
Marcus Tullius Cicero Tupper, a member of the University of Vermont Class of 1832, served in an unidentified Confederate unit, according to the General Catalog of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Burlington, Vermont, 1791-1900. A brief search of the Internet found nothing on him.
Recently I found the 1875 version of the UVM Catalog, with a name variation, Tullius Cicero Tupper. Jackpot!
Tullius Cicero Tupper was born 9 Feb 1809, in Barnard, Vermont, the son of Samuel and Mary (Green) Tupper. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1832, and moved South soon thereafter. By 1835, he was living in Madison County, Mississippi, an attorney by trade. By 1840 had was also sawyer and planter, and represented his county in the State Legislature that year.
On 19 March 1842, he married Mary H. Drane, a native of Kansas. That year he also applied for an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, but was not selected.
Tupper was apparently quite successful in the planting business, accumulating 51 slaves by 1850, and 58 by 1860; the census for that year listed his wealth at $85,000 in real estate, and $115,000 in personal property.
In March 1862, he was commissioned brigadier general in the Mississippi Militia, and in June, promoted to major general. He resigned this position in March 1863.
By mid-1865, due to the ravages of the war and the military occupation of his property, he claimed his wealth had fallen to about $20,000.
On 28 June 1865, he signed a loyalty oath, signed by the governor, and filed for a presidential pardon on 23 August, which was granted on 28 August. In his application, Tupper claimed to have been for the 1851 "Compromise Measure," but then voted with his state for succession. He also claimed he was "without previous consultation" assigned as an elector for the state and "was instructed by the people to cast the vote of the State for Jefferson Davis for President, and A. H. Stevens for Vice President of the then Confederate States," which he did.
Tupper died 14 August 1866 in Madison County, one of the more prominent Vermonters who sided with the rebels during the war. His final resting place is currently unknown.
Sources: 1850, 1860 Federal Censuses, Mississippi marriage records, UVM Catalogue for 1875, National Archives Amnesty papers, Mississippi Historical Society Papers, Civil War High Commands by Eicher and Eicher
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