Seriously...if I had the last name of "Coward" I would change it!!
Hmm...a mysterious case of couldn't get the man's name right: From all appearances, Pvt.s B.A. Drigges, Benjamin Driggus, and Bery Dugus are all the same man. My question is: which was his actual name? :D
(Did I mention I am having fun?)
Richard Lafayette Garrison: Sent to Key West on suspicion of being a a dangerous character. There's a story lurking in there.... ;)
Who says boys can't be men at 15. Here's a 15 year old sergeant. Those Hendry men must have been something else--they are all over two of the Cow Cav companies...
This Henry H. Hodges started out as a Pvt. (duh) and ended up a Sgt. Problem is, I'm seeing evidence of "Co. A" (of which there were two) and "Watson's Co. [D]". Confusing...likely enough he served in both. Oh, and, he was apparently enlisted by Col. Munnerlyn himself!
Some of these guys were TALL--for instance, Pvt. Richard H. Hunter was 6 feet tall 11 inches!! That beats the 6 foot 9 incher way back in the C's...
OH WOW...the charges of treason against Capt. L.G. Lesley!! (He was a Methodist preacher, by the way...) I'm going to see if I can read it all and transcribe it over here for y'all...(um...to warn ya, there is a smidge of what folks might consider "bad-language" in here...)
Charges and Specifications against L.G. Lesley
Charges of Treason:
Specifications & -- In this the said L.G. Lesley, late Captain in the Rebel Service and now a Minister of the Gospel residing in Hernando County, Florida, did on the 8th day of October 1865 while in the Street in the Course of his remarks to the audience assembled at a --- Meeting in Polk County Florida, assent that Jas [James] D. Greene late Captain of the 2nd Regt Florida Cavalry U.S. Forces Committed a Heinous Sin in destroying Rebel Property while on a raid in Hernando County Florida.
Specifications [--] In this L.G. Lesley aforesaid did endeavor by his Haranguing to Inculcate[?] on the minds of the Congregation that Officers who discharged there duty in pulling down the Rebellion is guilty of a sin in so doing and requires his special Prayer for there Redemption at the same time and endeavoring to InCite the minds of his hearers against the officers and Soldiers of the United States army.
All in the above Charge at the time and place above mentioned.
Charge[--] Inhuman Treatment to a United States Solider.
Specification: In this L.G. Lesley late Captain in the Rebel service and now a Minster of the Gospel residing in Hernando County Fla, did in the month of July 1864 fall in with a United States Solider who was on leave of absence from his Command fixing upon Said Soldier without ordering Said Soldier to Surrender a ball taking effect in the body of Said Soldier causing him, Said Solider, to fall in the Water by which he was Standing, the Said Soldier calling out. For the Lord's Sake help me or I shall drown. [W]hereupon the aforesaid Captain Lesley walked to where the wounded Soldier was lying and remarked. The Lord help you, you infernal Tory Son of a Bitch, or words to that effect, at the same time setting his foot upon the Said Soldiers head and Sinking it beneath the Surface of the water.
All this in Hernando County Florida on, or about the 5th day of July 1864.
[Witness[?]] Charge 1st Specifications 1st
N.H. Deleosles [?] 1st Lt. 2nd US C Inf.
Sergt. R[something] C[something] Co. B, 2nd Fla. [?]
[something] A Carlton
Charge 2nd Specifications 1st
N. H. Deboster [?] 1st Lt. 2nd U.S. C. Inf.
R.J. Bradley, Citizen Hernando Co, Fla.
I couldn't quite read Capt. Lesley's defensive...maybe another time when my eyes aren't already bugged out I'll come back and give it a try...
Daniel Campbell McDonald...do I have anyone who is going to dispute that this man was of Scottish decent?
Hmm...I think that might be Col. Munnerlyn's commission from Pres. Davis....but I'm not 100% sure. I can't read it (now at any rate; eyes are too burned out to try to read this handwriting...)
Took a break to make supper. I informed Savannah, "I've had my head in Confederate soldiers all afternoon...tonight; we're eatin' Southern."
With that in mind, I held up the can of mustard greens. Then I moved off to remove a dirty skillet from the stove (I forgot to wash the lunch dishes). It was then that one of those amusing mis-heard statements took place. Savannah said (about the greens), "If they're not turnips..." and I heard, "That's not really dirty." So I had this confused look on my face because the skillet was clearly in need of washing. But once she explained, it all made sense. :D
Oh, and just so I don't leave you hanging...drooling is permissible...we're having grits (well, I am), eggs, mushrooms (Savannah, not me), mustard greens, and the leftover cabbage.
I think I'll pick back up on this job tomorrow...I got all the way through the alphabet from A to P. R to Z tomorrow, I guess! :)