William
Pvt. William "Red Bill" Price
Photo courtesy of
Miss Bonnie Cole

One of two sons of Joseph Price and Nancy Herrington, William Price was born October 19, 1837. He was called "Red Bill" because of his flaming red hair. He enrolled April 27, 1861 and was mustered into service on May 1, 1861 at Bogue Chitto. He was severely wounded on December 31, 1863 at the Battle of Murfreesboro a.k.a. Stones River. The remarks on his muster roll states this wounding happened "in cedar thicket in front brigade". His cousin Henry H. Price, also of Company B. was selected for the Confederate Medal of Honor during this fight. William's wounding did not stop him from reenlisting on February 1, 1864 as he reinlisted for the duration of the war. The following July, during the Atlanta Campaign, a.k.a. the "100 Days Battle" he was again wounded and sent to the hospital. There, according to his pension papers, he was sent home for the rest of the war.

William is often mistaken by researchers as a brother of Thomas Jefferson Price, Henry H. Price, and Zaccheus Monroe Price. He was not their brother. He was their first cousin once removed, and he was very close to the three brothers, especially Thomas, who married William's sister Lydia. In surviving letters, he is referred to as Bill and as brother.

William's Confederate pension application states he was not discharged before 1865 and that he was at home and on furlough (and had been for about eight months) when his command surrendered in North Carolina. At the time of that application, he was still living with his daughter, Mary J. McComb. William, as so many other Confederate soldiers did, went through rough times financially in his later years. He passed from this life on May 21, 1924. Below you can read one of William's war time letters.

William Price letter pic
Photo of original letter
Courtesy of
Miss Bonnie Cole

Shieldsborough, Miss., 24 Sep 1861,

"Notice to all single men

O you southeron man
come join the southeron band
for we ar going to fight the yankes to drive them from our land

For justis is our motto
and providence our guide
so hop in to the wagon and we will all take a ride

Wm Price
To all single men who is not a soldier"

(Letter courtesy of Miss Bonnie Cole)

Thomas Jefferson Price

Thomas Jefferson Price, Company B, 7th Mississippi Infantry, was born October 10, 1833. He served as a Private in Company B of 7th Mississippi Infantry. He died at home from wounds received during the war. The family still has the minnie ball that he carried home in his neck. He was shot April 6, 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. He was wounded in the arm, shoulder and neck. To have the ball embedded as it was he must have been about to fire his rifle to have received the wound and have the ball embedded as it was. He fell near the "Bloody Pond." This was the pond that turned red from the blood of the wounded and dying men who came seeking a drink of water.

Thomas survived the march to Corinth following the second and last day of that battle onApril 7, 1862 but the doctors there could not remove the bullet. At Thomas's insistence, they allowed him to return home to today's Pleasant Hill Community near Bogue Chitto, Lincoln County, Miss. Because of all the trash the minnie ball had carried into the wound (mud, cloth, germs, other debris), the wound became horribly infected. Soon after returning home, he died on May 2, 1862. His wife Lydia, the daughter of Joseph (Joe) Price and Nancy Herrington, never remarried. She died April 6, 1919. This was the anniversary of Thomas being mortally wounded. She was buried beside her husband.

Thomas Jefferson Price's first burial was in the family cemetery of the Calvin Brister home place (near his own home). About 1965, he and Lydia were moved to the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Lincoln County, Mississippi.

Thomas Jefferson Price Home

Thomas Jefferson Price began building this log house near Bogue Chitto, Mississippi in 1854 and he completed it in 1861. He left from here in January 1862 to join the 7th Infantry. He returned here a few months later to die. The house is still being lived in today by descendants and has been the scene of many family reunions. Photo courtesy of Miss Bonnie Cole

Thomas Jefferson Price Home

This is said to be the bullet removed from Thomas Jefferson Price after he died. Photo courtesy of Martha Price Leese

Henry H. Price was born, according to family research, on March 3, 1839. The 7th Mississippi Infantry Gravesite List shows him as having a birth date of 1840. He served in Company B of the 7th Mississippi Infantry and was mortally wounded at the Battle of Murfreesboro a.k.a. Stones River on December 31, 1862 . For his actions he was awarded the Confederate Medal of Honor. It is important to note this medal was never actually struck due to lack of resources but the Roll of Honor was used in its place. Henry was "severely wounded in the second charge of the cedar thicket".

Henry died January 18,1863 in the Atlanta Medical College Hospital, at Atlanta, Georgia of his Murfreesboro wounds. He is buried in an unmarked grave on Row 18, Grave 2, Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, GA

Zaccheus Monroe Price was born April 27, 1841; He served in Company A of the 7th Mississippi Infantry. He was killed at the Battle of Shiloh on April 7,1862.He was affectionately called Monroe or Mun. His brother-in-law, Britton Hall, wrote home that he had seen "Mun," that he had been shot about halfway between his navel and his breastbone and that he was in a "dying condition." His records say that his bowels were exposed. Mun said to tell his wife he was dead. "He did [not] seem to dread death at all," Britton wrote. A note to researchers. His name is sometimes seen as "Zacchariah"

Special thanks to T. Anna Leese for this wealth of information on these men. Please visit her website devoted to her Confederate family members to learn more about the Price men who served in the 7th Mississippi. Her website includes several other men who served in the 7th and other regiments in defense of their homes and families. Genealogist seeking information on these men will be delighted.

EMAIL: T. Anna Leese
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