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Joel HughesAge: 3118301862

Name
Joel Hughes
Birth September 20, 1830 41 38
Birth of a brotherWilliam Hughes
December 29, 1832 (Age 2)
Birth of a sisterMartha Hughes
December 12, 1838 (Age 8)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Mary Emma Hughes
1855 (Age 24)

Death of a motherDorcas Johnson
July 29, 1856 (Age 25)

Birth of a son
#2
James Franklin Hughes
July 13, 1857 (Age 26)

Note: Transcription of grave marker has June 13, 1857 as birth date.
Death of a fatherJesse Hughes
November 6, 1858 (Age 28)

Death of a brotherDaniel Hughes
February 14, 1859 (Age 28)

Cause: thrown against a tree by a horse
Birth of a son
#3
Joel David Hughes
August 19, 1861 (Age 30)

Occupation
farmer; author of legal papers; Sergeant, Lieutenant, then Captain of Company D (Choctaw Rough and Readies) in the Mississippi 3rd Battalion (Hardcastle's battalion) in the Confederate Army

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See <a href="http://www.rhitt.com/genealogy/joel_hughes.pdf"> http://www.rhitt.com/genealogy/joel_hughes.pdf</a> for additional information written by one of his granddaughters, Lucile Hitt Hollingsworth, and for a transcription of Joel 's last letter he wrote to his wife a few days before he was killed at the Battle of Shiloh. Transcriptions of other documents are in the Notes section.

For a complete collection of Joel Hughes' Civil War letters see <a href="http://www.rhitt.com/genealogy/joel_hughes_letters.pdf">http://www.rhitt.com/genealogy/joel_hughes_letters.pdf</a>.

Death April 6, 1862 (Age 31)
Cause of death: He died in a Confederate field hospital of wounds received in the Battle of Shiloh early in the morning of the first day of fighting.
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Martha Hughes
Birth: December 12, 1838 50 46Tuscaloosa County, AL, USA
Death: March 15, 1908Webster County, MS, USA
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Note

Transcription of a Christmas furlough for Joel Hughes. It is signed by Drury J. Langston who was 1st Lt.

To all whom it man concern The bearer here of Joel Hughes a sergeant in W.N. Pittmans Company 3rd Batallion Miss Infantry stationed at Camp Ross near Jackson Miss has leave of absence on special business for this company to get to Choctaw County Miss. and return by the 30th or be considered a deserter Description given under my hand at Jackson Miss. This 24th December 1861 D Langston Lt Comm ??? Camp

Note

Transcription of a letter from Joel Hughes to his wife, Elizabeth Gary ("Lizzie"). The Dickson mentioned in the letter was probably either David N. Dickson or Gilbert Dickson - fellow soldiers.

Grenada Nov 13 1861 Dear Lizzie, I drop you a few lines by Mr. Dickson to let you know how I am. I have had very sore eyes and my throat is very sore now with cold. Except this I am and have been well. We are deprived of the privilege of going home at any time when we wish to now our officers or our company officers are in camp with us and they will not allow any one to go home unless necessity compells them to go. And they think that those who have guns will not stay here more than ten days and it may be that they will not let me go home at all. I cannot hear from you at all and if you knowed how bad I want to hear you certainly would write. I have no chance now to write as Dickson is about starting and I am called and bothered on every side. Mine is a troublesome office. Taylor salt is as will be by tomorrow [overleaf] $15 per sack, molasses 40 to 45 by barrel, coffee 50 to 60 per pound I guess is how thry will exchange groceries at this price for corn shelled at 75 cts per bushel they do not want it ground into meal.

Lizzie keep my little children away from the spring as they could be easily drowned in that spring and don't let none of them get burned. I want you to write to me immediately and tell me what you have to eat and tell me what sort of cloth you want and how much. I think of you all the time If I had time I could give you a heap of news but they are starting and I must close. Excuse this letter for I wrote it in five minutes on my knees on a plank on the ground.

Yours forever, Joel Hughes

Note

This is a transcription of a letter written from Joel Hughes to his wife, Elizabeth Gary ("Lizzie"). The letter is very difficult to read. It was written from Louisiana while the Mississippi 3rd Batallion was stationed there prior to its move to Corinth and then Shiloh.

??? Louisiana Feb 17 1862 [date very difficult to read] Lizzie I embrace this opportunity to write you again and to let you know that I have got back to camp and that my health is as good as it was when I left home. I have got the ????? there are several ???? John is [letter is torn off here] Bingham has had the mumps but is getting well of them. Lizzie, cloth calico & ??????? worth from 25 to 50 cents per yard here and you can tell Mrs. Gary that I would not buy it at that price. It is impossible for me to tell when we will be moved from here. There is four or five thousand troops being moved from this place north at this time and it has been impossible to ship anything from here since I returned on account of soldiers and government stores being sent north. I have bought one barrel of molasses for Mrs. Gary but they will not start before next friday if then. I have also bought molasses and sugar for Billy and Allen Moore but cannot get them shipped before friday. Everything has got very high. Since I left here except sugar and molasses they have fallen since I bought. Lizzie if you want any cloth of any sort for drapes buy it there the sooner the better. It will be higher if the war continues. [words worn away] worth as much again as they was before I went home. [words worn away] things that I would like [worn away] you and the children but it is almost impossible to send anything [missing words] and what things you want you can buy them as cheap there as you can here now.

Lizzie we are loosing ground in the north. The Yankees seem to be driving our forces from every position and notwithstanding I am not discouraged there seems to be a deeper gloom cast over our country and it is time for you to begin to think about hard times. Some think it impossible for us to be conquered or exterminated but hopes are not always ????? it may be that you and our children will ?????????? and suffer of your freedom without any knowledge. Captain Pittman stated ????? the same ???? got here I do not think he will be able to attend the campaign and there is a general dissatisfaction in the company about his being absent so much and they have petitioned him to resign though I do not believe that he will do it as long a he can help it (say nothing about this). Lizzie there was some things that I intended to do before I left that I forgot. I want you to get Taylor to whip ???? every time she insults you and make her know better. ?????? ?? ?? it ??? was one of our ??? last night he was a member of Captain Wolff's Company.

I want th hear from you very bad and you must ??? to write regularly. I shall have to send the most of my letters without paying on them as I cannot get the silver to pay with and they won't receive anything else. I intended to have brought your likeness with me and forgot. If John will come home sometime in March and you must send it to me. Please write often and take care of yourself & children. I ????? absent but true friend until ???? Joel to Lizzie

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