Needham Franklin McLeroy
Submitted by: Greg Evans
The Confederate Record of my great-great-grandfather, Needham Franklin McLeroy, Private, Co. D, 34th Regiment Mississippi Infantry. Needham enlisted in the service of the Confederate States, March 4, 1862 (March 8, 1862?), at Waterford, Miss. for 3 years of war. He was listed as age 22, height 6 feet 6 inches and his occupation was listed as farmer.
He appeared on a Roll of the Wynne Reliefs, Capt. M. F. Wilkins, a military company from Marshall County, Miss.; mustered into the service of the Confederate States for three years or the war on April 17, 1862. (Roll not dated).
Needham appeared on Muster Rolls for Co. D, 37th Regiment Mississippi Infantry from about July, 1862 until February, 1863. August 9, 1862 he was listed as "absent - sick".
Needham appears on Muster Rolls for Co. D., 34th Regiment Mississippi Vols. from about March, 1863 until August, 1863.
November 24, 1863, Needham was captured at the Battle of Lookout Mountain. Co. D, 34th Mississippi Vols. was a part of Walthall's Brigade at the Battle of Lookout Mountain. He was on a Roll of Prisoners of War at Nashville, TN, captured by the forces under command of Maj. Gen. Thomas and was forwarded to Louisville, KY on November 30, 1863. On December 3, 1863 he was forwarded to Rock Island Barracks, Illinois. He was confined on December 5, 1863. Needham appeared on a Roll of Prisoners of War, December 14, 1863. He appeared as missing on a list of killed, wounded and missing, of Walthall's Brigade, in the engagement on Lookout Mountain, Tenn., (Nov. 24, 1863.) - list dated "Camp near Dalton, GA, December 18, 1863".
Needham Franklin McLeroy was a prisoner of war at Rock Island Barracks, Ill. for over a year and was transferred for exchange on March 20, 1865 - when he was finally able to return home to Marshall Co.
The exchange roll was indorsed: "Rec'd March 27th, 1865, at Boulware's Wharf, of Jno. E. Mulford, Brevt. Brig. Gen. & U.S. Agt. for Exchange, ten hundred and eighty-eight (1088) paroled prisoners of war including thirty (30) officers.-W.H. Hatch, Asst. Agent of Exchange."
[The 34th Regiment Mississippi Infantry was organized in April, 1862, as the 37th Regiment Mississippi Infantry. By S.O. (Special Order) No. 31, Headquarters Department No. 2, dated March 3, 1863, the designation was changed to the 34th Regiment Mississippi Infantry, that being the number by which this regiment was known at the Confederate War Department. About April 9, 1865, this regiment was consolidated with the 24th, 27th, 29th and 30th Regiments Mississippi Infantry, and formed a new regiment which was designated the 24th Regiment Mississippi Infantry.]
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