October 19, 1917
PRISONERS AND VETERANS:
In the Third Mississippi Regiment
I have been a reader of the Farm News for a long time and
have read the many letters the Confederate soldiers have written,
and have enjoyed them so much. I was a Mississippi Volunteer,
in Company H, Third Mississippi Regiment. This company was organized
at Malone, Mississippi. E.M. Wells was Captain. J.W. Douglas,
First Lieutenant; M.H. Shalton, Second Lieutenant; D.W. Wade
(myself), Orderly Sergeant. Tom Davidson, from Ripley (Mississippi),
We organized the regiment at Iuka Springs (Mississippi), and
then went to Nashvillle, Tennessee, and on to Bowling Green,
Kentucky. There we drew our equipment. From there we marched
North in different parts of the country, on to Hopkinsville.
From there to Clarksville, Tennessee; from there to Dover and
on to Fort Donelson. We went into battle there. Had only a few
days of battle and we were captured as prisoners of war, and
sent to Cairo, Illinois, and on to Chicago, Camp Douglas Prison.
There we stayed seven months and one day. Then we were exchanged
and from there went back to Cairo. Came down the river on a fleet
of boats, twelve transports, six gunboats, and another boat.
We were seventeen days and nights from Cairo to Vicksburg, Mississippi.
We landed on the West side of the river and marched down to the
ferryboat on foot and landed on the east side of the Mississippi
From there we marched to Jackson, Mississippi, and reorganized
our regiment. J.H. Wells was our Colonel, the Twenty-Third
Regiment; J. W. Douglas, Captain. We were under Joseph
E. Johnston. Our major General was W.W. Loving, Brigadier General
Tillman. Tillman was killed at Champions Hill Battle, B_____s
Creek, May 16, 1863. Then General Adams was our Brigadier General.
Then from Jackson, Mississippi, we skirmished up and down the
Mississippi River until we went to Demopolis, Alabama. From there
to Greensboro. From there to Manta Valley. From there to Blue
Mountains. From there to Rome, Georgia. From there to Resa_?_a,
Georgia, where we were in battle. We went into battle on may
15, 1864, and took their fort. That battle lasted five or six
months. Lost Mountains on the Keneshaw Mountains were General
Polk was killed. Then at New Hope Church in the month of June,
we were in battle thirty days. Then we went across the Chattachoochie
River. There in battle at Peach Tree Creek. Then on July 20 we
were in battle on Buckhead Road. From there back fighting at
Atlanta, Georgia, and 22d, 23d, and 28th charged Shermans
army. Then Sherman flanked around us. Then Hood tore up the railroad
to Dalton and captured lots of men. Hood took the army and went
to Decatur. There to Florence, crossed the Tennessee River on
a pontoon bridge. Then from there we went to Franklin, Tennessee
on Nov. 30, 1864. From there to Nashville, Tennessee. December
15, 1864 (we were) in battle and all had to surrender.
After we attacked and were waiting for orders I said to my soldier-mates,
This means prison again. If you will follow me, live or
die, we will go out. They said, Wade, if you lead,
we will follow. And I sure led them out. We made our way
through the best we could and got back home. Having no command
to go to then, as they were all killed or captured, I then joined
Forrests Calvary and staye until they surrendered. I was
in no more battles. I served with no charges against me at all.
I have raised a big family, all respectable men and women and
children. I would be glad to hear from those were with me or
knew me. I have a love for you all and Joseph E. Johnston. I
think he was the grandest General on Earth, and W. W. Loviing
is second with me. I served in Lovings division most all
the time I was out, Tillmans Brigade. General Adams, who
took his place, was killed at Franklin, Tennessee. I would be
glad to hear from them and will answer all who write to me. I
was born in 1835 and am now past 82 years old.
D. W. Wade