Post War Letters
Relating to War Time Service
|NOTE: This letter actually consisted of two pages. For viewing purposes I cropped and blended them into one page. However, no changes to the text were made.|
|The letters below deal with my great-grandfather's war time service to Mississippi and the Confederacy. One was written by him while attempting to procure his pension. The child he speaks of who lost his hand was my grand-father who would grow up to be a railroad engineer. The other, while we are not sure who penned it, was signed as a group by his regimental companions. One signer of the letter was Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Johns who at one time commanded the regiment. Another signer was Eaphraim Foreman who was a Baptist minister. Great-grandfather recieved his pension for only a couple of months before passing away, November 29, 1903.
Thanks to my cousin Bobby Roberts for locating these letters in the state archives here in Louisiana and for sharing them with me. In order to ease reading time I have attempted to correct the spelling. No changes to the grammar were made.
|St. Landry Parrish, La.|
May 22, 1902
Turkey Creek P.O.
To the secretary of the board of pensions
Dear Sir, two years last march I got Whorten to fill out a blank and sent it to you. I wish to know something about it.
I volunteered in Liberty, Mississippi, June '61 under Captain B.F. Johns. I was in the battle of Shiloh. I was taken prisoner, carried to Camp Douglass, Ill. I had the chance of the oath every day. I was exchanged Vicksburg, September '62. I joined my command at Tullahoma, Tenn. I went thru the Murfreesboro fight. I went thru the Chickamuaga battle. On Missionary Ridge I lost my right eye and was captured and was carried to Rock Island, Ill. There was no oath given. I was sick and disabled 'til the last of '64 and the first of '65. Myself and some others were released out of prison. We taken no oath. I will swear it on my dying bed. We was disabled.
I stayed in Ill. 'til August, '65 then came home. All my houses were burned up, my cattle killed, my wife taken from me, only two little children. I have been disabled ever since.
I am 75 years old. I ain't able to work, with sickly wife and two children, one his right hand cut off. If I didn't deserve a pension I wouldn't ask for it. Ely Clark, our Justice, has written for me but he says you won't listen to him.
Please excuse my long letter but for heaven's sake don't throw it aside. Please write if you want more proof.
Let me hear from you.
|To whom it may concern.|
Nat. P.O. Amite County, Miss.
January 20, 1903
He belonged to company C of the 7th regiment which regiment was at first Commanded by Col. Goode. The company he belonged to was commanded by B.F. Johns who afterword was Lt.Col. and commanded the 7th Miss. regiment.
The said John F. Roberts remained in the service until at Missionary Ridge fight at which battle he was taken prisoner and remained a prisoner at Rock Island, Ill. until surrender.
We would further state that he was wounded at said Missionary Ridge fight and from the effects of said wound he lost the sight of his right eye.