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Captain John C. Lampley's Company, "Kemper County Home Guard"

Raised at Kellis Store, Kemper Co., MS, June 1861.
All information from original letter and muster roll on file at the Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Jackson, MS.

COMPANY ROSTER:

1. Adcock, Robert, Private
2. Belonay [hard to decipher], Thos., Private
3. Bethany, S.H., Private
4. Bird, E.P., Private
5. Bostick, James, Private
6. Breedlove, John, Private
7. Clark, Alexander, Private
8. Clay, S.G., Private
9. Conn, Isaac, Private
10. Dickson, A.T., Private
11. Edwards, A.W., Private
12. Edwards, E.Z.[hard to decipher], Private
13. Edwards, Elisha, Private
14. Fain, A.P., Private
15. Fain, G.H., Private
16. Fain, Ira M., Private
17. Fain, S.M., Private
18. Fulton, S.D., Private
19. Haggard, B.J., Private
20. Haggard, Elijah, Private
21. Hailey, Charles, Private
22. Hailey, W.T., Private
23. Haily, George, Private
24. Haily, Ira, Private
25. Haily, John, Private

26. Haily, L.D., Private
27. Hanna, A.J., Private
28. Holton, J.A., Private
29. Jarvis, E.R., Private
30. Jarvis, F.M., Private
31. Jarvis, J.C., Private
32. Jarvis, R., 2nd Lieutenant
33. Kellis, L.C., Private
34. Kellis, Wm., Orderly Sergeant
35. Lampley, John C., Captain
36. Mcarthur, Dugold [both names hard to decipher], Private
37. Mcarthur, J.P., Private
38. Palmer, James, Private
39. Peden, J.D., Private
40. Peden, Wm. M., Private
41. Shepperd, Anderson, Private
42. Shepperd, Thomas, Private
43. Spear, Nathanial, Private
44. Stewart, R.F., Private
45. Watkins, George, Private
46. Wilson, Wm., Private
47. Vandevander, A.C., Private
48. Vandevander, Jacob, Private
49. Vandevander, Wm. A., 1st Lieutenant

NOTE: One completely indecipherable private's name omitted from the above list; could be James Lee, James Love, James Furr, or almost anything else. The addition of this soldier to the above roster would make an even fifty members for this company. This soldier is the fourth name on page 2 of the original roster.

LETTER TO MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR JOHN JONES PETTUS FROM CAPT. LAMPLEY'S COMPANY OF HOME GUARDS, OFFERING THEIR SERVICE TO THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI (original spelling and punctuation retained):
"Kellis Store Mi
July 3rd 1861
Hon J.J. Pettus
Jackson, Miss

Dear Sir
We beg leave to inform you that since writing to you a few days past in reference to our company of Home Guards for Commissions for officers of the same. Our attention has been called to the revised Code of Mississippi. page 288. in which we find the law suits our Case. Our company consists of more than thirty two. though three companys have been made up in the County. Two of them gone and the other will leave very soon. we held our Election. Our officers give full Satisfaction. the company is Satisfied fully and we have armed Ourselves with Shot Guns & rifles. Our Constitution and by laws are in accordance with the constitution of the State and by laws from the Statute of Militia. Only that we are ready to march any where in the bounds of the State. Should our service be required. we want our officers commissioned according to the Statute. And we don't think it hardly necessary to have an election ordered now. but will transmit a certificate of Election. enclosed please find roll of members comprising our company. will you be so good as to aid us now.
Respectfully
Wm. Kellis
orderly sergeant
by order and request of the company
P.S. please answer soon"

TRANSCRIBED FROM ORIGINAL RECORDS AT THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY, JACKSON, MS, BY JIM HUFFMAN, GGGG-GRANDSON OF CAPT. JOHN C. LAMPLEY. IF YOU HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS COMPANY AND ESPECIALLY REGARDING CAPT. JOHN C. LAMPLEY, PLEASE CONTACT ME: JIM HUFFMAN, 1230 STEMWOOD DRIVE, PICAYUNE, MS 39466. 601/798-8208.

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