Letter From J. H. Wallace
Mrs. A. J. Mathews
The letter that follows was written by J. H. Wallace of Attala County in 1908 to Martha Florence Maxwell Mathews. Martha Florence Maxwell Mathews is the great grandmother of Clare Herrick. According to Clare Herrick, Martha Mathews had asked Jim Wallace for help in getting into the UDC, and the letter that follows is Mr. Wallace's response.
Mrs. A. J. Matthews,
Dear friend, your letter was not received by me until yesterday, as you directed it to Center, from which place it was forwarded to me to Dossville. I comply with your request with pleasure. Your father was a member of Capt. Sam Young's Co., 30th Miss Reg., Company G, which took an active part in all the campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. At the battle of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Capt. Young's Company was detailed as skirmishers to bring on the battle, in which the company lost in killed and wounded about half of its men.
After this fight, Capt. Young's Co. and that of Capt. W. V. Davis, having lost so many men, were consolidated under Capt. Davis, Capt. Sam Young being badly wounded and disabled from service. Soon after the battle of Murfreesboro, your father being a fine teamster, was detailed for that service, in which he remained until the close of the war, where he was honorably discharged and returned to his home, rather broken down in health from the hardships he had endured during the service. As your family lived a close neighbor to us, the next morning after his return home, I went to see him and he
showed me how badly his feet were frost bitten, and he gave me a graphic account of the awful sufferings from both hunger and cold through which he and his comrades had passed.
(Page torn).... that the Confederacy had no truer, braver and loyal soldier than Judge Maxwell, your father.
Your old friend,
J. H. Wallace
Isaac Winston Maxwell, who served with Co. G, 30th Infantry Regiment, Miss. CSA, is the subject of the letter and he is Clare Herrick's, great great grandfather. The letter was submitted to the Attala County MSGenWeb web site on December 1, 2004.
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