Sorry for the obvious omission, but I had only hoped for directions in obtaining a copy of the hand-written roster of Co. G, 41st Mississippi referenced earlier in the thread. Your speedy and thorough reply is a welcome surprise. As you surmised, my great grandfather is the Rev. John Wood Ellis and I believe history and family anecdotes clearly support that this was his company. Several years ago I copied what I believe are his service record cards from the Miss. Dept. of Archives and History. The story of the injury suffered at Murfreesboro is listed and corresponds with stories passed down.
His older brother, Spencer Dekalb Ellis, served in Co. H of the 8th Mississippi and rosters of that unit also show a John W. or J.W. Ellis, and some naturally assume that to be John Wood Ellis, but I think that's coincidental. Since he enlisted at a different time, he joined a different unit.
My concern, though, is that John Wood Ellis and family lived near Meridian, Miss. in Lauderdale County. That's roughly 150 miles away from Pontotoc where Company G was mustered. Does this sound reasonable? Company C of the 41st, Cole's Guards, was raised in Lauderdale Co., yet he only shows on Company G rosters. His service record cards that I copied read that he enlisted in Company G in Meridian, Miss.
Additionally confusing is that someone has, fairly recently, placed a foot marker on his grave that reads
"SEGT. JOHN W. ELLIS
7th Mississippi Battallion
Aside from the spelling issues, I think this is erroneous. I've contacted the church where the cemetery is located in an effort to see who placed the marker so I might see if they have information I don't, or whether they're simply misinformed.
I'm just trying to get the matter settled for my own family records and to make sure the grave marker issue is corrected if necessary.
Thanks again for any and all help.