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538 Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray, 1861-1865.
Battalion and the Twelfth Mississippi Regiment were consolidated and
made the Forty-Eighth Mississippi Regiment. Was never wounded, captured
nor promoted. Was at the battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven
Pines, Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill. These are some of the principal ones,
but not all that I was in. I went from Grenada, Miss., to Yorktown, Va.,
to join the "Dixie" boys from Graysport, Miss. There Magruder was besieged
by McClellan. Magruder was relieved by Joseph E. Johnston, who
immediately ordered a retreat. We covered the retreat until we had the
battle of Williamsburg. After this I was sick and sent to the hospital at
Richmond, Va., from there to Farmeville, Va., at which place I received
an honorable discharge on account of disability. After this went to my
home in Coffeeville, Miss., and after recovering, I joined the cavalry under
Gen. Forrest, and was engaged in the battles of Perryville, Corinth and
We soldiers suffered a great deal from cold and hunger. While in the
Infantry I marched until my shoes were worn from my feet, and for five
days at a time only an ear and a half of corn to eat. Sometimes what meal
and meat we would get would be spoiled, and many times would have to live
on musty meal and nothing else. Many of my comrades fell to rise no more.
After the war was over we returned to our homes to find almost everything
destroyed, but we had the nerve to start in from the ground and
build up our blessed Southland again. My prayer is that we will never have
another war like this one. I had three brothers in the war; none killed, but
HENRY A. MOREHEAD, McGregor, Tex.-Born Dec. 16, 1833, near
Yorkville, Ala., and enlisted in the Confederate Army April 28, 1861, at
Philadelphia, Miss., as private in Company B, Eleventh Mississippi Infantry,
Joe Davis' Brigade, Heath's Division, A. P. Hill's Corps, Army of
Northern Virginia. A. H. Franklin, first Captain, and P. F. Liddell, first
Colonel. Was never changed. Was wounded in the right fore-arm on the
31st of May, 1862, at the battle of Seven Pines, near Richmond, and the
second wound in the lower part of left thigh, October 14, 1863, at the battle
of Bristo Station, four miles south of Manassas Junction. Was never promoted.
Was in the battles of First and Second Manassas, Seven Pines,
Seven Days' Fight Around Richmond, Sharpsburg, Pa.; Williamsburg, Va.,
besides many smaller battles and skirmishes.
We started a company and took in our men by ballot and soon had 125
men, picked from the best families of Neshola County, Mississippi. We
met and drilled quite often, soon elected officers and drew "Harper's Ferry"
rifles that would kill a man 1,000 yards. I donned my uniform, buckled on
my cartridge box, shouldered my "Harper's Ferry," bid farewell to the
home folks and my best girl (who was afterwards my wife), and was off
to the war. At our nearest railroad station, forty-three miles away, we
took the first train for Corinth, Miss., where we were formed into the
Eleventh Mississippi, and lettered D. Then we boarded the train for
Lynchburg, Va., where we were mustered into service and sent to Harper's
Ferry. After blowing up the bridge at Harper's Ferry we dropped back
to Winchester, and stayed two months, till our boys got well of the measles
and were ready for duty. Just here let me digress a little and speak of the
good women of Virginia. God bless them all, but the best women that the
sun ever shone on were around Winchester, Va. They never tired nor
failed to offer a helping hand to a sick or wounded Confederate soldier. I
was there and sick and know whereof I speak, and I well know that my own
mother and sister could not have done more for me. I have never forgott
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Yeary, Mamie, 1876-. Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray, 1861-1865, book, 1912; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29786/m1/573/: accessed June 21, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .