Would a young non enlistee (civilian) be allowed to travel with the soldiers and receive pay for duties, such as fishing and hunting to provide food for the soldiers? Would it be unreasonable to think this is what he was doing for those three years between his discharge and enlisting in VA in 1864?
Oral family history has it that he traveled with the 60th GA Infantry before he was old enough to enlist, hunting and fishing for food for the soldiers until he was old enough to enlist and fight. However, it does not make sense to me that he was traveling with the GA Infantry, or any Unit for that matter, yet did not officially enlist until he was age 20 in 1864. His brother inlaw also served for the
His right arm below the elbow was amputated because of infection to wounds received during the “Battle of the Wilderness”. However, no other physical or mental problems have ever been suggested within the family. Following the War, he fathered 11 known children with 2 different wives and secured a respectable reputation for himself within his community.
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