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Company E
"Captain Smith's Company"
Fredonia, Pontotoc (now Union) County
26 April 1862

Captain Nicholas Blackwell -- captured Vicksburg; missing after Corinth; surrendered NC at war's end (as Captain, Co. G, 14th Consolidated MS Infantry), but missed Kinston & Bentonville battles due to being in hospital at Macon, GA, when they were fought

Captain William P. Smith -- was enlisted 4/8/62 at Aberdeen, MS, by Capt. Sykes; organized and was first captain of Company E; resigned 1/30/63 Vicksburg; 

1st Lieutenant J.R. Black -- wounded (date and place not stated); admitted U.S. Prison Hospital, Champion Hills, MS, 5/17-23/63; further service unclear; probably not actually a member of regiment, as no other regimental records for him exist

1st Lieutenant William P. Hooker -- captured Vicksburg; resigned 12/19/63

1st Lieutenant Edward Y. Reeves -- resigned 7/26/62 on surgeon's certificate of disability

2nd Lieutenant James B. Harper -- captured Vicksburg; resigned 9/9/64

2nd Lieutenant James S. Jones -- missing after Corinth; captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

2nd Lieutenant Benjamin C. Sneed -- "left on march from Abbeville [MS] November 29"; 2/63 "dropped from the rolls in disgrace for being AWOL in pursuance of an order from the War Department"; does not appear further on the rolls of the company [see also apparent desertion of Pvt. Abner D. Sneed of this company same date -- 11/29/63]

1st Sergeant James E. Browning -- severly wounded and captured Corinth; unfit for field duty, but was serving as hospital guard at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

2nd Sergeant John G. Russell -- captured Vicksburg; in arrest 12/63 for AWOL with Lt. Burrows detachment of 43rd at Enterprise, MS; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; deserted 2/28/65, when he appears on a register of POW's who were "deserters from Rebel army" at Memphis, TN

2nd Sergeant Samuel S. Windham -- AWOL and absent most of career with 43rd; present at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

3rd Sergeant Wilson A. Duff -- captured Corinth; captured Vicksburg; temporarily transferred 4/10/64 to Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Provost Guard in temporary exchange for Privates James Carver and Alfred Petty; present at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

4th Sergeant Warren M. Swindoll -- missing after Corinth, MS; AWOL virtually entire career with 43rd; 5/64 promoted to 3rd Lt. in 3rd MS Cavalry and transferred

4th Sergeant Nimrod A. Wilkins -- captured Vicksburg; paroled in hospital Vicksburg; too sick to travel with paroled army, he was transported via U.S. hospital ship H. Chouteau to Mobile, AL, and handed over to Confederate authorities there; wounded 11/30/64 Franklin, TN (flesh wound of right leg); captured 12/17/64 Franklin, TN; 12/26/64- 1/17/65 at #1 U.S.A. General Hospital, Nashville; POW 1/20/65 Camp Chase, OH; took Oath of Allegience to U.S.A. there 3/28/65 and was released same day

5th Sergeant Robert J. Duff -- captured Vicksburg; present at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

5th Sergeant Alfred S. Wiley -- missing after Corinth, MS; captured Vicksburg; official muster 7-10/63 says "promoted to Lt. in cavalry," but this promotion not substantiated by later muster rolls, all of which show him as AWOL; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

1st Corporal Levi N. Hill -- captured Vicksburg; captured by enemy 12/1/63 while with Stuart's Cavalry; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

2nd Corporal Samuel K. Wilkins -- captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

3rd Corporal William H.H. Russell -- captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

4th Corporal Benjamin R. Sneed -- substitute for Private W.V. Sneed [q.v.]; enlisted 10/15/62 Waterford, MS; present at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

4th Corporal Joseph Stoates -- re-enlisted from Capt. McWhorter's Company that was captured at Fort Donnelson; AWOL continuously after 10/62; ordered back to 23rd MS Infantry before 4/30/64

4th Corporal George P. Williamson -- absent sick, absent sick at hospital, or AWOL most of career with regiment; captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Corporal William H. Baxter -- missing after Corinth; captured Vicksburg; captured Nashville; POW Camp Douglas, IL; discharged from there at war's end

Private Irwin Biford -- AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private William Biford -- died of disease 9/17/62 in hospital at Okolona 

Private Francis M. Brown -- died in camp at Okolona 6/27/62

Private John R. Browning -- discharged 3/1/63 due to minority 

Private Johnathan D. Browning -- missing after Corinth; captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private Martin B. Browning -- killed 6/16/63 at night while on picket duty at Vicksburg (shot through head with minnie ball)

Private Drury H. Calder -- captured Vicksburg; AWOL during parole camp period to join Sturt's Cavalry; captured 12/31/63 (place unknown) while with Sturt's Cavalry; further service unclear

Private James Carver -- temporarily assigned to 43rd from Forrest's Provost Guard 4/10/64 in temporary exchange for 3rd Sgt. Wilson A. Duff

Private William Cooper, Jr. -- missing after Corinth; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear 

Private Richard N. Cullins -- died 6/26/62 in camp at Okolona, MS

Private Walter R. Duff -- rejected for service by inspecting surgeon

Private James K. Edwards -- died 6/25/62 in camp at Okolona, MS

Private E.T. Garrett -- enlisted 8/30/62 Saltillo, MS; absent sick first half of war; AWOL second half; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private James J. Garrett -- enlisted 8/30/62 at Saltillo, MS; AWOL almost entire war; in arrest for AWOL 11/63; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; but came (or was brought back) for service and was captured at Franklin, TN, 11/30/64; POW 12/5/64 Camp Douglas, IL; released from there at war's end

Private John G. Garrett -- missing after Corinth; captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private William F. Garrett -- died 6/26/63 in hospital at Vicksburg

Private S.R. Green -- enlisted 8/28/62 Saltillo, MS; missing after Corinth; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private P.A. Hardin -- enlisted 4/1/64 at Columbus, MS; present at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private J.M. Hays -- enlisted 9/3/62 at Guntown, MS; discharged on surgeon's certificate 10/20/62
Private James M. Head -- captured northeast MS 12/22/62; paroled New Albany, MS, 12/26/62; deserted 1/1/64 ("gone to enemy")

Private Wesley N. Head -- died 10/30/62 in hospital at Oxford, MS, of pneumonia (aged 18)

Private George F. Head -- had been a member of a 23rd MS Infantry company that had been captured at Fort Donelson; was transferred back to that regiment before 4/64 

Private James K. Hill -- captured Corinth; died in camp 2/19/63

Private John R. Hill -- wounded Corinth (right arm amputated); discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability 4/10/63

Private Green B. Hopkins -- medically discharged 8/6/62 (hamoptysis), but appears on a POW roll dated 2/28/65 at Memphis, TN, described as a "deserter from Rebel Army"; he possibly returned to active service with the 43rd after the last official muster 8/64 and then deserted after Nashville

Private James Hubbard -- AWOL almost entire career with regiment; deserted 5/3/64

Private William Huskison -- missing after Corinth; captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private Alexander C. Jones -- captured 12/62 (day not specified) while AWOL near New Albany, MS, and paroled there 12/26/62; absent, absent sick, or AWOL virtually entire career with regiment; took Oath of Allegience to U.S.A. at Memphis, TN, 5/18/64; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; paroled Columbus, MS, at war's end with "unattached, detailed, and absent men"

Private W.F. Jones -- enlisted 9/21/62 Freedonia, MS; promoted to assistant surgeon at Richmond 12/62 and never served with regiment after that date; may never have actually been in the field with regiment

Private Alfred Petty -- temporarily assigned to 43rd from Forrest's Provost Guard 4/10/64 in temporary exchange for 3rd Sgt. Wilson A. Duff

Private John H. McDaniel -- re-enlisted from Capt. McWhorter's Co. that was captured at Fort Donnelson; died 8/17/62 at Gainesville, AL, hospital

Private Robert A. McDaniel -- enlisted 9/1/62 Saltillo, MS; missing after Corinth, MS; captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private James W. Miller -- discharged 2/7/63 (probably at Vicksburg) per Special Order #31, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana [contents of special order not stated]

Private Charles B. Mitchell -- discharged 9/5/62 on surgeon's certificate of disability (condition not stated)

Private John M. Morrison -- AWOL almost entire career with 43rd; deserted 12/1/62; noted on 4/64 official muster as having "gone to enemy -- indebted to C.S.A. for clothing and ordinance stores"; deserted officially 11/30/64 at Memphis, TN, where this despicable traitor took the Oath of Allegience to the U.S. the same day

Private Samuel Nelson -- missing after Corinth; captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private Elias Overstreet -- killed Corinth (aged 25 years)

Private Gabriel Owens -- appears on only one early company muster roll; no other records have been found for his service in the 43rd; probably never served actively in the field with the regiment

Private William M. Pare -- captured and paroled in hospital Vicksburg; died 7/25/63 on the Mississippi River between Vicksburg and New Orleans on board the Federal hospital ship H. Chouteau

Private Maston H. Pinson -- missing after Corinth; captured Vicksburg; seems to have violated Vicksburg parole and returned to active service with Stuart's Cavalry; captured 12/31/63 with Stuart's Cavalry and paroled; absent on this parole at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private A.B. Potter -- enlisted 8/18/62 Saltillo, MS; abent sick, absent sick at hospital, or AWOL virtually entire career with regiment; missing after Corinth, MS; absent sick at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private James F. Potter -- enlisted 8/6/62 Gainesville, AL; AWOL almost entire career with regiment; missing after Corinth, MS; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private Stephen B. Ratliff -- absent, absent sick, or AWOL virtually entire career with regiment; captured & paroled while AWOL 12/26/62 in North Alabama (place not stated); deserted 4/63 ("gone to enemy")

Private Hugh H. Russell -- discharged before 10/15/62 by virtue of having hired a substitute (Pvt. Jesse Russell [q.v.], who was probably a relative!)

Private James A. Russell -- missing after Corinth; captured Vicksburg; in arrest 12/63 for AWOL with Lt. Burrows detachment of 43rd at Enterprise, MS; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear [Note: Besides James, four other Russells served in Co. E. Four Russells, whose first names are illegible on the document, all of whom claimed to have served in the 43rd (presumably in Co. E) with James A. Russell, signed an affidavit in 1919 in furtherance of James' widow's obtaining a pension. These four Russells claimed that James "was a confedeate soldier" and that he "made a good and faithful soldier and did not desert said cause." This would be a ringing endorsement, were it not for the fact that all four Russells in Co. E were AWOL at the time of the last official muster 8/64 and that none have verified service beyond that date. In fact, two of the Co. E. Russells show up in Memphis 2/65 as verified deserters from the Confederate Army! Yet they swore up and down that both they and James were loyal to the Cause! Ah, mendacity!]

Private Jesse Russell -- substitute for Pvt. Hugh H. Russell [q.v.]; enlisted 10/15/62 Waterford, MS; captured Vicksburg; in arrest 12/63 for AWOL with Lt. Burrows detachment of 43rd at Enterprise, MS; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; deserted 2/28/65, when he appears on a register of POW's who were "deserters from Rebel army" at Memphis, TN

Private Moses H. Rye -- [Note: The rank of private for this soldier while a member of this company is conjectural. He was discharged from this company and immediately re-enlisted into Co. A, where his initial rank was 1st Crpl. It is assumed that he received a promotion in the process.] discharged 3/27/62; re-enlisted into Co. A [q.v.] 3/28/62

Private Hezekiah C. Saunders -- AWOL since 12/2/62 at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private Charles J. Shaw -- killed Corinth

Private Robert W. Shaw -- wounded & captured Corinth, MS; possibly wounded 11/30/64 at Franklin, TN, as he was captured there 12/17/64 (when others wounded at Franklin were captured there in hospital; also, he was not immediately forwarded to POW camp, again possibly signifying that he was wounded); POW 1/6/65 Camp Chase, OH; turned traitor and enlisted in U.S. service at Camp Chase; transferred 3/20/65 to Chicago

Private David L. Smith -- 5-6/63 on detached service (service not specified); captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private Isiah W. Smith -- appears on only one early company muster roll; probably never served actively with the 43rd in the field

Private James L. Smith -- AWOL most of career with regiment; captured Vicksburg; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private John W. Smith -- enlisted 10/10/62 Freedonia, MS; pay stoppage 1-2/63 for "$24.25 for gun & accoutrements lost and two months pay for AWOL"; deserted 5/3/63 and "gone to enemy"

Private Abner D. Sneed -- AWOL or absent virtually entire career with regiment; AWOL "since November 29, 1862" at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear [see also 11/29/62 absence of his relative 2nd Lt. Benjamin C. Sneed of this company]

Private J. LaFayette Sneed -- enlisted 8/30/62 Saltillo, MS; absent sick, absent sick at hospital, or AWOL virtually entire career with reigment; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private Murphy D. Sneed -- only served with regiment through 10/62; joined 5/63 Nutt's Company (branch of service not specified, but probably cavalry) without authorization and captured by enemy (alternate capture date given as "about 12/31/62"); died about 3/17/64 as POW at Rock Island, IL

Private W.V. Sneed -- enlisted 10/10/62 Freedonia, MS, but hired a substitute (4th Corporal Benjamin R. Sneed) just five days later (10/15/62) and served no further with the 43rd [one of shortest service periods in regiment's history]

Private Marion Sparks -- absent on sick furlough once, then AWOL rest of entire career with 43rd; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear (occupation in 1903: farmer) (aged 19 years at enlistment)

Private Solomon Sparks -- present only once with regiment; absent on sick furlough once, absent sick at hospital once; otherwise, AWOL entire career with regiment; missing after Corinth, MS; this miserable excuse for a soldier appears 1/12/65 at Memphis, TN, on a list of POW's who had deserted from the Rebel army; his wife's 1900 pension application states that he died 12/65 -- sic semper desertus!

Private Joseph E. Sullivan -- AWOL virtually entire career with regiment; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear (occupation in 1916: farmer) (aged 20 years at enlistment)

Private Augustus W. Swindoll -- re-enlisted from Capt. McWhorter's Company captured at Fort Donnelson; AWOL virtually entire career with regiment; ordered back to 23rd MS Infantry before 4/30/64

Private William C. Swindoll -- wounded and captured Corinth, MS; "after recovery, went to enemy"

Private William C. Vaughan -- absent and AWOL entire career with 43rd; AWOL on last official muster on which he appears 12/62; noted at that time as "never properly a member of the company" and never carried thereafter on the company rolls

Private Frederick Warren -- absent sick or AWOL most of career with 43rd; captured Vicksburg; absent sick at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private Richard Warren -- absent sick or AWOL most of career with 43rd; captured Vicksburg; killed 8/11/64 while on picket duty near Atlanta

Private Zack Warren -- enlisted 8/30/62 Saltillo, MS; absent sick, absent sick at hospital, or AWOL virtually entire career with 43rd; 6/30/63 at French's Division Hospital, Enterprise, MS; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private James B. Wells -- deserted 11/29/62 and "gone to the enemy"

Private James B. Wilkins -- mortally wounded Corinth, MS; died 10/6/62 of Corinth wounds 

Private William J. Wilkins -- captured Vicksburg; AWOL on last official muster on which he appears 4/64; further service unclear

Private Isaac H. Williams -- enlisted 3/4/63 Snyder's Bluff, MS (near Vicksburg); captured Vicksburg; died 8/1/63 at home (cause not specified)

Private James A. Williams -- missing after Corinth, MS; 1-2/63 "stoppage for guns & accoutrements lost $24.25"; AWOL from 5/3/63 through rest of extant record; AWOL at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear

Private Stephen C. Williams -- AWOL almost entire career with regiment; captured Vicksburg; deserted 8/23/63 and "gone to enemy"

Private Thomas J. Williams -- 1-2/63 "stoppage $24.65 for gun & accoutrements lost and 60 day stoppage for AWOL"; captured Vicksburg; deserted 11/1/63 and "gone to enemy"

Private Thomas S. Williams -- 8/62 on detached service as picket guard; 5-6/63 on extra daily duty (duty not specified); captured Vicksburg; deserted 11/1/63 and "gone to enemy"

Private Stephen W. Windham -- absent, absent sick, absent sick at hospital, and AWOL most of career with regiment; present at last official muster 8/64; further service unclear (occupation in 1900: farmer) (aged 20 years at enlistment)



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