I actually found this a long time ago but I have never mentioned this one on the blog. Needham Morris and three of his sons fought together in the Civil War. I was having a hard time finding a compiled service record for one of the sons. This isn’t an uncommon problem because there were quite a few Confederate records lost. I needed something to prove he actually served. I found that proof in a 1902 newspaper article.
"An interesting war relic was brought to the Augusta Tribune office yesterday. It is a roster of Company C, Twenty-Eighth Georgia regiment, known as the Crawford Rangers, a company which went to the civil war from Augusta. The roster was written in the trenches before Petersburg, just before the fight at Crater. It was written with pokeberry juice instead of ink, and though nearly 40 years old, shows the same bright red color as when freshly written." 1
The article then lists the soldiers including,
N. W. Morris [father Needham William Morris]
T. R. Morris [son Thomas Rudolph Morris]
I. B. Morris [son, John B. Morris. Initials should have been J. B.]
Columbus Morris [son and the one I didn’t have a compiled service record for]
Good enough for me.
1 "Interesting Relics of the Civil War," The Augusta Chronicle, 28 December 1902, p. 16, col. 5-6; GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 20 Jul 2011).
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