Joseph Coleman was a body servant to Dan Wilson of Company H, Woods Regiment, Confederate Cavalry. This regiment was also called 1st Mississippi Cavalry and Wirt Adams' Regiment. He served as a body servant from Copiah County, Mississippi, from 1862 thur 1865.
Transcribred by Linda Durr Rudd
Joe was born about 1847.
R. N. Miller and H. B. Miller
Attorneys at Law
State of Mississippi
Personally came before me the undersigned authority for the County and State aforesaid R. N. Miller who being duly sworn on oath says;
That he knows Joe Coleman, colored, was a servant of a soldier, who was a member of Company L of Woods Regiment of Wirt Adams Brigade of Cavalry and was with the regiment at Gainsville, Ala in May 1865, as the affiant was, when it surrendered to General Canby. That affiant knows Joe well and that he was a faithful servant and loyal Confederate, and is deserving of a good pension. I regard it a shame to those who wore the Gray - that we have neglected these old faithful servants who really and in truth were as serviceable as their masters to the cause.
They built our breast works, sustained and aided the men who fought, and their kindred at home, took care of our women and children while the men were in the field.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this June 2nd 1925.
R. N. Miller
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