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A Confederate Infantryman’s travels through the Western and Eastern Theaters. Ray W. James Sul Ross Camp 1457 Sons of Confederate Veterans. First, by way of introduction; ...my Confederate lineage:. William E. James Pvt. 11 Miss Cav. William M. Malone, Jr Pvt. 41 st Ala Inf.
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Ray W. James
Sul Ross Camp 1457
Sons of Confederate Veterans
“...On the edge of a low ridge we saw a solid wall of men in gray, their muskets at their shoulders blazing into our faces and their batteries of artillery roaring as if it were the end of the world. Bravely they stood there. They seemed little over a hundred yards away. There was no charging further by our line. We halted, the two lines stood still, and for over an hour we loaded our guns and killed each other as fast as we could. The firing and the noise were simply appalling.”
“..I have been in what history pronounces greater battles than Champion Hills, but only once did I ever see two lines of blue and gray stand close together and fire into each other’s faces for an hour and a half...”
“...Nearby lay the remains of a Rebel battery. Every horse and most of the cannoneers lay dead in a heap, the caissons and the gun carriages torn to pieces by our artillery. Never in a any battle had I seen such a picture of complete annihilation of men, animals, and material as was the wreck of this battery...”
Afternoon of May 5, 1864
“…I no god was with me and I am truly thankful…I sat in one place and shot my riful 61 times…my co went in with 30 men and came out with 8 only and only 2 taken prisner the rest all killed and wounded.”
Coffeeville, Miss (Dec. 5, 1862)
Fort Pemberton, Miss (Mar.-Apr. 1863)
Willow Creek, Miss (May 3, 1863)
Champion Hill, Miss (May 16, 1863)
Siege of Jackson, Miss (July 1863)
Meridian (Miss) Campaign (Feb.-Mar. 1864)
The Wilderness, Va (May 5-6, 1864)26th Mississippi Infantry--Engagements(cont’d)
North Anna, Va. (May 23-26, 1864)
Bethesda Church, Va. (May 31, 1864)
Cold Harbor, Va. (June 1-3, 1864)
Siege of Petersburg, Va. (June 1864-Apr. 1865)
Weldon Railroad, Va. (Aug. 18-19, 1864)
Burgess’ Mill, Va. (Oct 27-28, 1864)
Hatcher’s Run, Va.(Feb. 5-7, 1865)
Hatcher's Run, Va. (Apr 2, 1865)
Appomattox Campaign (thru Apr. 9, 1865)26th Mississippi Infantry--Engagements(cont’d)
Hatcher's Run captives in prison after the surrender (Apr.-June 1865)
Twelve men (8 infantrymen and 4 staff/medics) surrender with Lee and ANV at Appomattox (Apr. 9, 1865)26th Mississippi Infantry—surrender and dissolution
R. J. Pickett, Sgt., Co. D
James Conner, Regt Adj’t
W. M. Bryant, Regt Surg’n
T. J. Caldwell, Ass’t Regt Surg’n
D. T. Price, Hosp Steward
A. C. Reid, Pvt., Co. A.
J. H. Conner, Pvt. Co. B
J. F. Keith, Pvt., Co. B
A. McRually, Pvt. Co. B.
W. H. Clarke, Pvt., Co. D
J. Fields, Pvt., Co. F26th Mississippi Infantry—the 12 Appomattox survivors