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My Family Civil War Heros

On this page I will list some of our Civil War Soldiers.



We lost a large number of our fine families in The
terrible War Of Northern Agression, they gladly gave their lives for The Cause.

This is in memory of My GGG Grandpa

JAN. 01, 1822__ AUG. 08,1862

William Daniel was a Preacher and carried a pine table with him to use as a pulpit. Sgt. Ross died in Camp Winder Hospital Number 3 at Richmond, VA Aug 8, 1862 and is buried at Hollywood Cemetery.


Ross, William D. --- private August 27, 1861. Died of chronic diar- rhoea in
Camp Winder Hospital Division #3, at Richmond, Va. August 8, 1862.




JAN. 01, 1822__ AUG. 08,1862

This is the momument at the gave of William Daniel Ross

Dear Son,

I this morning take my pen in hand to inform you that I am in the enjoyment of good health,hoping that this may come to hand and find you all well.I received your letter yesterday and was glad to heair from you.You stated that the Measles was in the family but it seem to be very mild and I hope that is do you butt little harm.I have nothing of much importance to write.All seems to be quiet heair,Now we heair but little from the yankees now.Some of the men that was taken at Fourt Pulaski has wrote back to their famileys and state that they are near New York and is well treated.The health of out company is not very good at present but is improving some.Three of the boys is in Augusta, Wm.Young,Mark Merritt and Samuel Nasworth and tow in Savannah,Mark Pridgen and Henry Cobb,and Daniel Henderson,Jasper Tucker and Francis Chandler and S.W.Shea is in the Hospital at this place.We have lost two men since I come back,James Horton and Wm.Y.Purvis.I think all of our men is some on the mend.At present we are in want of some recruits in our Company and I suppose that we soon will get them.The conscription Act will send them out some whair as recurits ubtil all company is full.And sends home all over 35 years of age after 90 days.I hope in that time we can all come home and be at peace yet very uncertain when we shall have peace.I think most of the men in the servis that is over 35 years of age will go home.As to myself,my county is as deair to me as if I was 21 and I feel as much determine to defend it as I ever did even if it is at the point of a bayonet or at the mount of a cannon.If I die in camps or in the battle field I shall die in a noble caues.We have just now come in from Company Drill and we had only 18 men rank and file on drill.Some sick some on guard some waiting on the sick,some complaining og their armes whair they have been vaccinationed.We all have been vaccinationed. Tell all the men that has to go into sevise that we want recruits to come to the cowboys and will gladly receive them and sooner the better.So i come to the close by requeting you all to pray for me and the cause of liberty.So nothing more at present but remaine your loving father until death.
William D, Ross to James A.Ross.

My son be wise and make my heart glad that I may answer him that reproacheth me,Proverbs the xxvl1 ch and 11 verse.

Note:William Daniel Ross died at Camp Winder Hospital in Richmond,Va.on Aug.8,1862 age 40 Letter from William Daniel Ross to his son James A.Ross

This is a letter from James A. Ross to his mother (line goes from James Alexander - William Daniel)

Griffen, GA., Aug. 1, 1864
Dear Mother,

I seat myself this evening to inform you that I am well except I have a verry bad cold. Truly hoping these few lines may come safe to hand and find you all in good health. As for I know so much and believe so little, I wont write much and only what I can so rely upon. There has bin some tremendious hard fighting at Atlanta and a hevy loss on our side. But drove the enemy back four miles and yesterday there was a skirmish at Macon, Ga. with a raiding party and our malishery thats garding some prisners and our loss was 40 killed, wounded and missing. But the enemy loss I have not heard yet.

I haven't heard anything from Va. in a long time. I dont know whzt's going on up there. I wrote to you from Columbus and left next day and went back to Ft. Valley and then we marched through here to this place about 48 hours ago. And I don't know when we will leave here nor where we will go. I now know what it takes to make a soldier. I would be more than glad to here from you and still glader to see you. But I can't tell you when I ever will for it is warm times everywhere. Now I believe I received a letter from you when I was at Columbus dated 19th. of June.

I got in to the bullets a little on Johns Island but there was but two of this regement hurt and both was wounded one in the left side of the back severley and the other in the thy slightly.

The 47, 32 is a Georgia Bat. and the First Ga. Regulars suferd severely. I recon I had better close my letter as it is getting late in the evening. Give my best love and respects to all the conection and all inquiring friends if there be any and except same for yourselves. Direct your letters to me in this way J. A. Ross, H Troop, 4 Ga. Cav., care Col. D. L. Clinch, Macon, Ga.

I am your affectionate son, James A. Ross
P.S. I Frank all my letters on account of there being after to go through for there be danger there being destroyed for the postage hen.


This is a letter from William Daniel Ross to his children on Feb.23,1862.William died in Aug.1862.He was with the Irwin County Cowboys


Dear sons and daughters,

I take my pen in hand to inform you that I am in good health at this time and hope at sme time that this may come to hand find all well and doing well.I suppose you have heard that we have left Jekyl Island.We are now encamped 12 miles southeast from Savannah on an arm of the Ocean called make White Bluff River at the very spot where the British landed in the War of 1812 and took Savannah.We

are putting up a battery in the same ground where the battery was then.There was a battle fought here.If the Yankees ever land about Savannah this and othere places must well fortified.

I suppose and if I can judge from heair to Savannah would be a rough road for 25,000 Yankees to travel.I get the notion from the way that the men is stationed from heair to Savannah that if we are whipped heair that we will fall back on the next encampment and so on until within 2 1/2 miles of the town where there is the longest battery.Isaw all the timber cut down for three quarters of a mile in the direction that the Yanks will have to come from and by the time they can land and whip us out down in heair there can be 30.000 Rebels ready to rebute them at the long break work wheir I think our folks intend to end the fight.We are uneasy...the Yankees coming and I can't see fear in any of the Battalion.

We all get as along finely.Our Battalion has the name of the Jekyk Boys and the Battery Builders.We all are very well satisified here but not as well as we was on Jekyl Island but I think will soon be.We have plenty of hard work here as soldiers always does.The health of the Cowboys is very good now.We left our sick at Wainesville{?}

miles from brunswick as we came on and have not heard from them since.You must write as soon as you get this and direct your letter to Savannah,cair of Camp J.Y.McDuffie,7th.Battalion,Ga.Volunteer.

Tell Aaron that all his boys is well and give my best respects to all the neighbors.Remember to trust in God and read your Bible,keeping in good company and do unto others as you would do unto you.

So nother more at present but remaines your affectionate father.

P.S.You must be suce to write to me whether you have got your paper or not and write the date of the first one and you must be suce to pay the postage on it one a quarter.WDR.

All of these were the sons and the son-in-law of Elisha Tucker, my
GGrandaddy's Family. Matthew was my GreatGranddaddy.

Fredrick Tucker was born in 1834 in Georgia the son of Elisha Tucker and
Zilpha Williams. Frederick married Martha Powell. Fredrick enlisted on
15 August 1862 as a private,
Company F. He surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia on 9 April 1865.
National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and
Record: 000226, 0061, 00001750

Matthew Tucker: was born in 1838 in Georgia, the son of Elisha Tucker
and Zilpha Williams. On 25 August 1861 when Matthew was 23, he married
Martha Hobby daughter of Jesse Hobby Jr. & Mary Marchant. She was born
in 1842. On 1 September 1863 he enlisted as a private in Company F. He
was appointed 4th Corporal in April 1864. Matthew was captured at Amelia
Court House, Virginia on 5 April 1865.
He was released at Point Lookout, Maryland on 21 June 1865. National
Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226,
0061, 00001853

Richard Tucker: was born in 1832 in Georgia, the son of Elisha Tucker
and Zilpha Williams. On 5 February 1855 when Richard was 23, he married
Elizabeth Mary Jane Young. She
was born about 1836. He joined Company F as a 2nd Lieutenant 4 March
1862. He later resigned from the regiment on 1
September 1862. Richard was next appointed Sergeant of Company H, 4th
Georgia Cavalry on 10 December 1862. The roll for June 1864 shows him
present. He surrendered 10 May 1865 and was paroled at Albany, Georgia
on 29 May 1865. Richard died in 1908 at the age of 76. He is
buried in Sycamore, Georgia. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and
000226, 0061, 00001877 and 000226, 0061,

Solomon Tucker: was born in 1846 in Georgia, the son
of Elisha Tucker and Zilpha Williams. He enlisted as a private on 4
March 1862 and was appointed color bearer in
June 1862 for Company F. He was captured at the Second Battle of
Mannassas 28 August 1862, and died in a Federal Army prison in 1865 at
the age of 19.
National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000226, 0061, 00001894

John J. Filljaw was born about 1835. On 15 February 1866 John married
Julia Ann Tucker, daughter of Elisha Tucker & Zilpha Williams, in
Berrien Co, GA. She was born on 9
March 1840 and died in Tift Co, GA on 20
March 1921. John was a member of Company B. National Archives Microfilm
Box, Roll,
and Record: 000226, 0020, 00003202

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