Sunday, August 15, 2010

James S. Axsom in the Civil War

(son of Joseph H Axsom Sr)
James married Jane D. maiden name unknown. He & Jane probably married in Surry Co, NC about 1841. James moved his family to Panola Co, Mississippi between 1846 & 1849. James & Jane were residing in DeSota Co, Mississippi in 1860. he enlisted in Company B, 9th Battalion, Mississippi Sharpshooters (formerly Chalmers' Brigade.) on 13May1862 in Corinth, Mississippi for a period of 2 years. His age was listed as 37 years old. according to census records, James would have been about 45 years old in 1862. (deb's note.....hmmmm.) The Company Muster Roll dated 30June1862 reported James present, and noted that bounty commutation and pay were due since enlistment. The Muster Roll for 30June1862 through 31October1862 listed James as present, bounty paid, $0.00, due, $50.00. In November and December of 1862 James was reported as absent with the remark taht he was at the hospital since 21Nov1862. James appeared on the Register of the C.S.A. Post Hospital in Dalton, GA as having been admitted 18Nov1862 for "rheumastism chronica" and returned to duty 04Feb1863 (this card noted Co. B, 1st Battalion Georgia SS with 9th Battalion Mississippi written above.) However, the Muster Roll for March and April 1863 still listed James as absent and in the hospital since 17Nov1862 by order of the Chief Surgeon. James rec'd pay of $44.00 on 25May1863 & pay of $22.00 on 30June1863. On 10July1863 James rec'd a pair of pants, a shirt, and shoes at Fair Ground Hospital in Atlanta, GA (noted necessary for his comfort). The July & August 1863 Muster Roll noted that James was sent to the hospital 17Noc1862 but that time it was noted he was absent without leave. The Company Muster Roll for September & October 1863 noted that James had been dropped from the rolls as a deserter since 07Sept1863. James & His family were living in Harrison County, TX in 1870. by 1880, James & Jane were back in Mississippi. James was a blacksmith & a farmer. Death records for James & Jane have not been located.

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