Transcription of a letter written by Dr. Lucius Ernest Starr of Camden, AL to Mrs. Grace Little of Pleasant Hill, AL, a daughter of Captain John B. Rudolph. Typed by: Ouida Starr Woodson email@example.com Camden, Ala. May 5, 1910 Mrs. Grace Little Pleasant Hill, Ala My dear Mrs. Little, I have some memorandums in reference to your father's old Company, among which was an original list of the Company as it was enlisted. When your father was with us about three years ago, we got out my papers and from them, he made a complete list of the Company. This list he carried back home with him. He prized the memorandums very much, and I have no doubt but that you will find them among his papers. I am sure I put them in some safe place, but I have not been able to find them. Will have to give you what information I can from memory. This Company was organized in May 1862 and was composed of two squads, one from Lowndes County of about 45 men, the other from Bibb County of 40 men, recruited by him (John Barratt Rudolph), Marion Goode, and myself. We first went to Montgomery and were then attached to the 1st (5th) Battalion of Cavalry, Hilliard's Legion, which Cavalry Battalion was commanded by Col. M. N. Slaughter of Talladega County. Our Company was Company D of this command and was composed of 85 men rank and file. Captain John B. Rudolph 1st Lieut. Maynard 2nd Lieut. Knight Cpl. Jones 1st Sergeant L. E. Starr Master Sergt. J. S. Hansberger Surgeon Conrad Wall We were mustered in as the Brooks Guard, named for Mr. Brooks, an old friend of your father's and a prominent citizen of Lowndes County, who did much pecuniary in mounting a number of the men. The Company was splendidly mounted and composed of a fine body of men. The Company remained in Camp of Instruction at Montgomery (Camp Mary) for two months. We (the Battalion) was then ordered to Knoxville under the command of Captain John B. Rudolph, Acting Colonel of the Battalion and L. E. Starr as Acting Captain of Company D. After remaining in Knoxville about a week, Company D was detached from the Battalion about August 1st and detailed as escort or bodyquard of Major Churchill, who had about 10,000 men, Infantry. Immediately we proceeded into Kentucky via Powell's Gap, Fincastle, Barbersville and Falt-Lick to the Cumberland River, thirty miles north of Cumberland Gap, thus cutting off the retreat of about 10,000 Federals in the Gap, which was being pressed from the south by Hilliard's Legion and other commands connected with Bragg's Army intent on his famous trip to Wildcat, Perryville, and Covington. However, before the surrender of Cumberland Gap, all of the troops in this locality were ordered by Bragg to Perryville, thus leaving the road open, which allowed to Federals to escape. In the meantime, on the 22nd of August 1862 on Greasy Creek, I was wounded and did not go with the Company but was carried to Barbersville, accompanied by your father, and placed in a hospital and while there was taken prisoner and paroled. I was never able to be with the Company again except for a few days while the Company was recruiting at Oxford, Ala., in 1864. There, he was hopeful, alert, and the same congenial soul as ever. He was then Colonel of the Battalion, and idolized by his men. This ended our War record together. In war and in peace, he was a congenial fried and helper. From our first meeting until death, he was my friend, and as long as I live I will remember his interest and his kindness, and I will ever revere his memory. He was true to his Country, true to his friends, considerate to his opponents, but brave and reckless to his own safety. He was brave as a lion and as tender-hearted as the most delicate maiden. He was one of the few of the noble men of the South that still bind us to the grand past. You will have to excuse me for delaying so long. My only excuse is that I have not felt able to dictate so that my wife could write for me. Would be glad to hear from you and hope you will ever consider me and my family, Your friends, L. E. Starr, M. D.
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