Joseph Coleman - Confederate Body Servant

Letter Written Supporting Joseph Receiving Pension
Transcribred by Linda Durr Rudd

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.

Joe was born about 1847.

R. N. Miller and H. B. Miller
Attorneys at Law
Hazlehurst, Miss

State of Mississippi
Copiah County

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


Letter from Confederate Pension Records of Joe Coleman
Microfilm Number: 4703
Microfilm found at Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Mississippi Coleman Death Index - 1912-1924

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