(1844 - 1922)
Home State: Mississippi
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 2nd Mississippi Infantry
He moved with his family to Alabama from South Carolina as an infant. Soon after, his Cherokee-born mother returned to or was taken back to her tribe. He did not get along with his stepmother and went alone to Mississippi (date not known). On 3 March 1862, by then a 17 year old farmer in Dumas, MS, he gave his age as 19 and enlisted as Private, Company L, 2nd Mississippi Infantry.
On the Campaign
He was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was paroled and exchanged, dates not given. He was wounded and captured at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863 and imprisoned at Fort Delaware. He was released on 11 June 1865 after taking the oath of allegiance.
After the War
He was in Morris, AL by 1866.
References & notes
His service from a casualty list/roster for the Campaign provided by Michael Brasher, from his research in Compiled Service Records, Company rolls, and other period sources. Further details from Don Ernsberger's Also for Glory Muster: The Story of the Pettigrew Trimble Charge at Gettysburg (2008). Personal information from family genealogists and a bio sketch in the United Daughters of the Confederacy Patriot Ancestor Album (1999). His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married 13 year old Mary Elizabeth Belcher (1852-1892) in June 1866 and she had 14 children with him. After her death he married Nancy Ann Emma Stewart (1874-1941) in August 1899. She was nearly 25, he was 55. They had 5 children together.
06/04/1844; Barnwell District, SC
12/06/1922; Jefferson County, AL; burial in Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery, Gardendale, AL