Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray, 1861-1865 Page: 535
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Reminiscences of the Boys in GrTay, 1861-1865. 535
fresh troops, and the next morning we were at it again; but we had to fight
fresh troops, and fighting is hard work on an empty stomach. In the last
charge Monday afternoon I was wounded and lay on the battlefield for five
days listening to the groans and cries of my comrades. I was captured and
sent to Cincinnati, from there to Camp Denison hospital, a hospital for
both sides; but we were placed in a ward to ourselves. I did very well
while a prisoner here, but as soon as my wounds would permit I was sent
to Camp Chase, Ohio, where I soon realized what prison life was. My bed
consisted of a pine plank and one blanket, which was a hard bed for a
On the last days of August there was a general exchange, and rejoicing
prevailed in camp. We went down the river to Vicksburg, 30,000 ragged
Confederates, but as brave a lot as was ever in the land of "Dixie." The
next thing was to find our respective regiments. I found mine after a
month's search, but everything was changed. My comrades, or rather my
brothers, for men of the same company are more like brothers than comrades,
the most of them had been killed. Gen. Price had crossed the river
and the Missouri soldiers had all been put together. My regiment was in
Missouri only a week. When I found it they were on their way to Corinth,
Miss. We fought the battle of Corinth and lost, then returned to Vicksburg,
where we were without food and clothing and remained in this position
until the surrender came.
LEVI MOORE, Fort Worth, Texas-Born Dec. 28, 1845, near Cummings,
Ga. Enlisted in the Confederate Army Aug. 24, 1861, in Rayburn,
County, Ga.( as private in Company E, Twenty-Fourth Georgia Infantry,
Howell Cobb's Brigade, McLaw's Division, Longstreet's Corps, Army of
Northern Virginia. My first Captain was J. V. Cannon, and my first
Colonel, Robert McMillion.
Was wounded in the head at Cedar Run. Was made prisoner April 6,
1865, and taken to Point Lookout, a few days prior to Lee's surrender.
Was promoted to Second Sergeant in 1864.
Was in the battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fredericksbure, Seven
Days' Fight Around Richmond (which includes Cold Harbor, Frazier's
Farm, Gaines' Mill and Drewry's Bluff); was at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,
then down to the Wilderness, fighting thirty days and nights, the
bullets never ceasing to whistle, and went from there to City Point; was
at the battle on the Weldon Railroad, south of Petersburg; was at Petersburg
when Grant tunneled under the batteries, blew them up and charged
us with negro soldiers. We evacuated Richmond, and the forces there
were captured and taken to Point Lookout, staying there till July 3, 1865.
OLIVER MOORE, Oakwood, Texas-Born July 18, 1839, near Columbiana,
Ala. Enlisted in the Confederate Army on May 1, 1861, at Pine
Bluff, Ark., as Second Lieutenant in Company C, Ninth Arkansas Infantry,
Bowen's Brigade, Breckenridge's Division. My first Captain was
named Henry, and first Colonel, Bradley. On account of ill health, was
changed to Twelfth Texas Cavalry. Was discharged near Vicksburg,
Miss., Aug. 1, 1862, and joined the Texas cavalry in the latter part of
Was in the battle of Shiloh and in the raid down Red River from Mansfield
to Yellow Bayou.
R. C. MOORE, Brownwood, Texas-Born in 1835 near Independence,
Tex. Enlisted in the Confederate Army in March, 1862, in Freestone
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