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Confederate (CSV)

Corporal

Cyrus Lafayette Broom

(1821 - 1871)

Home State: Mississippi

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 39 year old physician, he mustered as Private, Company C, 16th Mississippi Infantry on 25 April 1861. He was appointed Color Corporal on 30 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot in the thigh and captured in action at Sharpsburg, MD on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at US General Hospital #5 in Frederick, MD, and transferred to one in Baltimore, MD on 13 October 1862. He was paroled and exchanged, and then was in hospitals in Richmond or on furlough for much of the next year. He was discharged for disability from wounds on 5 December 1863.

After the War

In 1866 he was growing cotton in Mississippi near Vicksburg, with two partners down from Pennsylvania, brothers Noah and Abraham Zook. Abraham was found murdered, his brother missing, the cotton sold, and Broom and his brothers off to other parts of the state, or perhaps Texas. Federal authorities believed Broom was the murderer, but could get no action taken by local or state authorities.

References & notes

His service and life dates from his Compiled Confederate Military Service Record and the Mississippi Confederate Grave Registry via the Historical Data Systems database. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List,1 as C.L. Brown. Details about the murder(s) from Pennsylvania Legislative Documents (chiefly military reports, of 1867).

Birth

09/14/1821; Crystal Springs, MS

Death

12/05/1871 Batesville, MS; burial in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Batesville, MS

Notes

1   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #994  [AotW citation 18348]