Dennis- I think we have communicated before on the Attala Co., MS genweb message post-it site, so some of this might familiar.
My direct Attala County ancestral base is a Williams family. My Williamses moved into Attala county in the early to mid 1850's from Noxubee Co., MS and Pickens Co., AL. My gg grandfather was named John Frank Williams and his parents were James and Sarah (Beasly?) Williams. They started out in Georgia where John Frank was born in 1818, moved to west Alabama the next year, John Frank moved into Noxubee Co. in the 1840's, and the whole lot of them moved into the community of Center, Attala Co. in the 1850's. James was a blacksmith in Alabama but was blind by the 1860 census and was a Primitive Baptist preacher. John Frank had a tanning operation and also was a shoe and boot maker. When the was broke out he joined Co.K, 4th MS Infantry even though he was 43 years old. He was elected to be a 2nd or 3rd Lt. I have a copy of his service record. He was captured at Ft. Donaldson, TN in Feb. 1862, sent to prison camp at Camp Chase Ohio and paroled/exchanged in Sept 1862. Upon his return to the south he quit the war. One of his sons, private James Knox Polk Williams who was with him at Fts. Henry and Donaldson and also taken prisoner re-enlisted with the 30th MS Inf upon exchange.
With that as a basis, what I've been doing involves all of Attala Co. The GenWeb site speculates that there should have been approx. 1700 men from Attala Co. that served in the Civil War, and it gives many of the units formed from Attala County. But there is no list, no single roster of all the county's soldiers. There are some lists with the names of people on some of the Attala county units' muster in rolls, but no central location of info that I know of. I am way up in rural Nebraska, but by using a combination of the National Parks Service CWSS data, the 1860 census, the Attala Co. Bicentennial book and the Attala County Cemetery book I'm trying to piece together at least some kind of list. If only for myself.
Anyway, that's what I'm doing and that's why I'm interested in what you folks are talking about.
Rob Williams email@example.com