Our family possesses original letters written by Alexander Francis McGahey telling of his experiences from the time he enlisted in August, 1862, in Co D, 42nd Alabama through the time of his death on 15 July 1863.
He was paroled at Vicksburg at a time when he was very sick and, against the advice of his superiors, began walking home to Pickens County, Alabama. He was picked up and taken to the home of Elizabeth Parkman, near Bolton, where he passed away. The original letter from Mrs. Parkman to Frank's wife Margaret tells of his death, how she dressed him for burial, and where she buried him. The grave was never marked and is now lost. She sent Margaret a lock of hair, his money, and his knife. The letter was sent along with a letter from Captain J. C. Mitchell. This letter tells of the circumstances of his death and that the government owes him 4-1/2 months pay.
Did "two" McGahey's die under the same circumstances near Bolton?
Frank mentions his brother Thomas and states several times that he was in the 35th. I believe Co H formed at Columbus which is not far from the McGahey home in Pickens County, Alabama.