I finally got all my records together, only to find that the website was having problems and I could do nothing about it. I am sending "copy and paste" my timeline for my ancestor Drury Hodges, Co B, 31 MS Inf Reg. This is all I have. Mississippi Department of Archives and History does not have any discharge papers. Please look over this and give me your take on it. I do not have a cause of death - I just know he was at home and he was sick.
Thank you for your help!
Timeline for Pvt. Drury Hodges
CO B, 31st MS Infantry
Orr’s Reg’t, Miss. Vols
Confederate Soldier of America
Number of Medical Records herein --- 0
Number of personal papers herein --- 0
Drury Hodges enlisted March 4, 1862 from Choctaw County, Mississippi for three years or the War.
The 31st Regiment Mississippi Infantry was first organized as the 6th (Orr’s) Battallion Mississippi Infantry. In February and March 1862, it was increased to ten companies and entered into the Confederate service as Orr’s Regiment Mississippi Infantry. Shortly afterward the designation was changed to the 31st Regiment Mississippi Infantry.
About April 9, 1863, this regiment was consolidated with the 3d and 40th Regiments Mississippi Infantry and formed the 3d Consolidated Regiment Mississippi Infantry.
Muster Roll Card signed by G. C. West.
In order to form a timeline for this soldier, the following information is taken from the vouchers (are these “pay” vouchers?) sent to me from Mississippi Department of Archives and History. In fact, this is all they sent. No other records available. No discharge papers, etc.
Private Drury Hodges enlisted in CO B, 31 Regiment Mississippi Infantry on March 4, 1862.
April 8, 1862 he was present and was paid
March 1862, he was present and was paid
March - September 1862, present
November - December 1862 - Last paid by T.W. Triplett June 30, 1862. Absent without leave since December 31, 1862.
January - February 1863 Last paid by Maj. Triplett June 30, 1862 - Absent
March - April 1863 - Last Paid by Maj. Triplett June 30, 1862 - Absent with leave and sick at home
May - June 1863 - Last Paid by Maj. Triplett June 30, 1862 - Deserted by not keeping up Certificate
July - August 1863 - Last Paid by Maj. Triplett June 30, 1862 - Deserter by not keeping up Certificate
September - October 1863 - Deserter by not keeping up Certificate - August 1863
November - December - Absent with leave - Sick at home in Choctaw County,Mississippi
March - April 1864 - Absent with leave - On sick furlough - October 10, 1862 by of General Van Dorn
July - August 1864 - Absent - Sick at home in Choctaw County, Mississippi on Surgeon’s Certificate.
August 3, 1864 - February 29, 1865 - Absent - Sick at home on Surgeon’s Certificate.
I have a couple of questions:
1. Does “Keeping up with Certificate” mean that he failed to notify them that he was still sick?
2. Do you suppose the last date shown here - February 29, 1865 was his date of death? I have nothing more on this man, my great-great grandfather.
3. Do you know where I might find more information on him?