Pleasant Hemphill was the Buie family's overseer in 1863.
Lincoln County, Mississippi
Transcribed by Linda Durr Rudd
Their mother died two or three years ago. Neal H. was in the Confederate army and I think Daniel was in for a short time. I am satisfied that they were conscripted. The family had a reputation of being Union people and I know that John bitterly opposed to the war. He was never in the war to my knowledge. I know that he used to keep out of the way when the Confederate Cav., were around. He used to say to me that he did not believe war or secession was right. He did not talk to me much about the war. I was a states right man and believed in the war and thought it right. John knew my sentiments and probably that was the reason why he did not talk to me more frequently about the war. The family were regarded in the neighborhood as being opposed to it. I donít know whether they did or not after the negroes were to be freed. I think then that they felt that the South ought to secceed, they had a good many negroes, about forty hands. I never heard them say that they were in favor of the war. I have heard John talk against it. He is the only one I had any conversations with of any account.
Southern Claims Case of Mary Buie
Remembering Their Names