Copyright 2011, CABS for Reflections From the Fence
After spending a few hours preparing my 3 part (now becoming 4 part) series on Alfred Darden for Bill West's Civil War challenge, and after reading several other bloggers contributions, I just had to revisit part of his story. Namely, I had to go back and look at the Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865. I have a image, it is huge, I have had a spot of trouble following the lines across. There are many ditto marks, there are many lines with no dittos, and there are even a few ~ ~ type marks. I just found the entire document a bit frustrating to read and try to deciper. Here is only part of the document, I have cropped off the right hand page and a good portion of the bottom of the left hand page. You will have to click on the document to open it in a new page which hopefully will be a bit larger and easier (????) to read.
Here are the column headings: No.; Names;, Rank, Regiment, or County and State;Co.; Where Captured; When Captured;
Now, here is what it says for A.T. Darden,
for Company it says ~
Captured at Raymond Miss (if you assume he was captured the same place as the previous 2 prisoners - the lack of ditto marks is so frustrating).
Captured on May 12 (not the 17th as is reported on the compiled service record - and again the lack of ditto marks is frustrating, but this time we do have ditto marks for the month and year).
So, after studying this very closely, AGAIN and AGAIN, here are some things I failed to note the first several times I studied it.
1.) It says he is a citizen. Well, no wonder there is no company stated! Citizens do not have company assignments, eh??
2.) Captured, Raymond Mississippi on the 12th (assuming ditto marks not printed). And, yes indeedy friends there is a battle on that day in that place, (Google the term "May 12 1863 battles of Civil War" and there are 538,000 hits. YIKES! So, take the easy way out and refer to the Wikipedia article.)
And, after finding this, I went right to maps and discovered that Raymond, Hinds County, Mississippi is 12.3 miles from Edwards, Hinds County, Mississippi. How awful is this, he was captured almost in his own back yard!
Now, here are the disclaimers, I am assuming that he was captured in Raymond Mississippi as were the previous two prisoners, even with the lack of ditto marks. I am assuming the capture date of May 12, again, noting the lack of ditto marks.
So, my take on this is that A. T. Darden, a citizen, NOT a volunteer nor a draftee into the Confederate Army or other branch of service, from Hines (sic - - Hinds) County Mississippi was captured during the Battle of Raymond on May 12, 1863.
And, this explains why there are only 3 pages of his compiled record, he was NOT a solider. I don't quite understand why I was unable to find records for him in Fort Delaware, of course, unless I simply missed them, which is so possible!
**Review, works every time! Just when you think you have found every little tidbit on a document, go back and review it again, something new is likely to jump out at cha!
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